Chicago-based artist, Ben Marcus makes comics that feel inspired by all things trippy, alien, and David Bowie. His favorite manga is Akira by Katsuhiro Otomo. His comic has a particular clarity in the line work because he wants the reader to keep track of the plot. Clean and clear language for dramatic and poetic purposes.
“The proportions of the facial features is important to me and I draw and re-draw them. Too many times. I wanted my characters to have a contemplative complexity to them. A depth of consciousness that a sense of animation is born of. I drew everything by hand and scanned it and added the half-tones in photoshop.” Ben Marcus
Stefan Glerum lives and works in Amsterdam. Stefan spent four years in Breda studying illustration at the Academy St. Joost. He also worked as an assistant to one of the country’s most celebrated comic artists, Joost Swarte.
Glerum’s style is like a melting pot of illustration heritage. While its subconscious familiarity has universal appeal, his work is also a study point for those with knowledge of graphic design history. His work is inspired by early 20th Century movements such as Art Deco, Bauhaus, Italian Futurism and Russian Constructivism, which he combines with popular themes, executed in a handdrawn style reminiscent of the clear line.
T-Wei is an artist and illustrator working in Wellington, NZ. Aside from his personal body of work of quirky drawings, his work experience includes the likes of Sideshow Collectibles, PikPok, and Resn.
Influenced by the street, his art is punctuated by clean lines and careful detail. The characters that populate his artwork appear to inhabit a real space and reflect the fun T-Wei has in creating these worlds.
Growing up in the flat countryside of Denmark, Rune Fisker spent most of his time drawing with and on whatever he could find. Now, many years later, Rune runs his own animation company Benny Box along with his brother Esben. Whenever Rune is not animating, drawing storyboards, or making things that moves, he is working as an artist and illustrator on a mixture of commercial and personal projects. Rune’s abstract, surrealist style plays with geometries, line, and tone. The result are subconscious scenes where characters of distorted proportions entangle with phantom scenes hinged between fiction and reality.
Argentinian-born artist Felipe Pantone is active in the fields of kinetic art, installations, graffiti and design. His style is characterized by the use of bold colors, geometrical patterns and Op Art elements. Straddling conventional graffiti, typography and abstraction, his work fuses bold elements of graphic design with highly evolved geometric shapes to create an ultra-modern aesthetic which complements and reacts with the stark modernity of our cityscapes.
Although mostly based in Valencia, Pantone’s street work enabled him to travel the world – his painted walls are now visible in Tokyo, London, Osaka, Paris and other major cities. Merging conventional graffiti, typography and abstract elements, his work fuses basics of graphic design with highly progressed geometrical shapes, thus creating a modern and futuristic aesthetic. Pantone draws his influences on modern-day concerns of the digital age and fast and never-ending development of technology, in which way he is discovering a new visual language in which to communicate.
Fabiola Morcillo is an architect and illustrator based in Chile. In 2014, she started her project called 1989, which includes her illustrations created using AutoCad. Morcillo mixes isometric views and penchant for Japanese architecture with a little pop culture and fantasies.
South Korean artist Su-Jeong Nam’s work mirrors the biological processes of her subjects. She begins with the base of color, applied with dry pigments. And then, line by line, vivid portraits of the natural world are grown.
From a young age, Nam’s weak eyesight forced her to train herself to view objects in a different way. Now, instead of looking at a flower and seeing a flower, she sees the lines that make up the flower — not just the outline or the lines that might be visible on the surface, but lines down to the cellular level.
She says her detailed images are grounded in the familiar, yet highlight “an aspect invisible to most people, through the language of my own artistic process.” The result is metaphysical, a study of the harmony between the natural world and a broader understanding of the universe.
Brooklyn based painter Brian Willmont‘s paintings today share a graphic and theatrical quality with his references, citing obscure movies and novels, such as Suspiria and Blood and Guts in High School, among his inspirations.
Beginning as multiple variations of digital compositions, the paintings in this series are transferred to canvas via stencils prepared with masking tape, allowing a crisp definition of color and lines in the tradition of Michael English and other airbrushing artists of the 1970s and 80s.
California-based artist Eric Petersen‘s style is influenced by instructional graphics, video games and the look of vintage comics of the 1940s. He draws uniform lines on a computer to strip away some of the human element and expressive quality seen in non-digital work. He uses perspective and unnatural colors to set up a voyeuristic feeling and create an unsettling mood. Petersen is interested in the combination of a purely functional illustration style with an emotional scene.
Eric’s subject matter typically consists of people and simple environments. He aims to create a sense of ambiguity and allow the viewer to imagine their own narrative.