PENCIL WORLDS BY JOSEPHIN RITSCHEL

by Ariadna Zierold

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Josephin Ritschel is an illustrator living and working in Berlin. In Josephin’s illustrations, fine lines, dark lines, little lines, lines on lines, and a few blocks shading all build up to make these incredible images full of life. Whether its spooky or sombre, funny or lonely, the scenes she creates have a real sense of energy and all tell their own, often bizarre, story. The illustrations are colored in with the kind of precision that children can only dream of when they try to stay within the lines of their coloring books.

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ORGANIC GEOMETRICS BY JOSH SPERLING

by Ariadna Zierold

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Josh Sperling was born in 1984 in Oneonta, New York is a young contemporary artist currently living and working in Brooklyn, New York. Sperling’s works on canvas waver between wall sculptures and paintings. Building layered plywood structures by hand, the artist stretches canvas over these forms to create a subtle relief.

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The structures range from angular and geometric to organic reminiscent of fibers and cells. Light and shadow interact with the facets of the pieces, creating an enhanced illusion of depth. Adding to this, Sperling uses bold, monochromatic hues that play with bright contrast and unexpected color combinations that appeal and delight the visual senses. 

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SURREAL PORTRAITURE BY JOHNIE THORNTON

by Ariadna Zierold

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Johnie Thornton was born and raised in Southern California and is currently living & working as an artist in Palm Springs and Los Angeles. Thornton’s body of work ranges from medium format analog photography to photo realistic, pop, and abstract painting. His work is largely influenced by sociology, geometry, architecture, and their relationship to nature.

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As a self-taught artist, Thornton draws inspiration from experience and environment. Thornton has developed a unique painting style while experimenting with many different mediums both traditional and unconventional.

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EXPRESSIVE LINES BY LIAM STEVENS

by Ariadna Zierold

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Liam Stevens is an image maker and designer based in London. He likes simple materials enabling him to craft his work through expressive lines or graphic shapes and is particularly fond of his Pentel 0.7mm mechanical pencil, colored paper stash and scalpel. Liam’s impeccable skill at illustration and shading invites the viewer into these 2-dimensional worlds of whimsical realism.

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GEOMETRIC ABSTRACTION BY REBECCA RUTSTEIN

by Ariadna Zierold

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Philadelphia-based artist Rebecca Rutstein explores geometric abstraction with a vision inspired by science and scientific data. Rutstein has been an Artist-in-Residence in Iceland, Hawaii, the Canadian Rockies and Vermont. Most recently, she was an Artist at Sea aboard Exploration Vessel Nautilus where she collaborated with scientists mapping out never-before-seen ocean floor topography from the Galápagos Islands to California, and on the Research Vessel Falkor where she created art alongside scientists exploring uncharted territory from Vietnam to Guam.

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TRIPPY COMICS BY BEN MARCUS

by Ariadna Zierold

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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.

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“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

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ILLUSTRATION HERITAGE BY STEFAN GLERUM

by Ariadna Zierold

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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.

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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.

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QUIRKY DOODLINGS BY T-WEI

by Ariadna Zierold

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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.

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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.

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SUBCONSCIOUS SCENES BY RUNE FISKER

by Ariadna Zierold

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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.

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BOLD GEOMETRICAL PATTERNS BY FELIPE PANTONE

by Ariadna Zierold

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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.

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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.

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