GRAPHITE SLICES BY MILES JOHNSTON

by Ariadna Zierold

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Miles Johnston is an freelance illustrator and concept artist currently located in London, United Kingdom. Using predominantly graphite on paper Johnston slices away and deforms his figures. Drawn with subtle gradients and shading the works have a light but mesmerizing effect on first view. Johnston seems to morph his figures with their surroundings creating surreal scenes and dream like imagery.

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UNEXPLAINED EVENTS BY JAMES LIPNICKAS

by Ariadna Zierold

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James Lipnickas is an author/illustrator heavily influenced by old sci-fi, mystery and horror movies, monsters, UFOs, hauntings and unexplained events. He majored in Illustration at the School of Visual Arts but now lives in an old cape in the woods of New England.

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PHANTASMAGORICAL ILLUSTRATIONS BY JON MACNAIR

by Ariadna Zierold

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Austin, Texas based Jon MacNair (previously featured here) was born in Seoul, South Korea and grew up in the suburbs of southeast Michigan near Detroit. He graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2005, where he earned a BFA in Illustration. His commercial work has appeared in editorial publications and mainly been used for apparel and package design.

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With pen in hand, MacNair creates phantasmagoric images that reveal stories of parallel worlds observed by giant eyes. Chimeric creatures captive from a dark innocence invade the hallucinatory universes of this work.

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NATURAL SCIENCE ILLUSTRATION BY ZOE KELLER

by Ariadna Zierold

zoe keller, illustration, illustrations, monochrome, monochromatic, nature, animal, animals, fauna, detailed, surreal, portland, upper playground

Portland based Zoe Keller (previously featured here) is an illustrator exploring the intersection of art making, activism and the natural sciences. She spends most of her time drawing in her small home studio. She gathers inspiration from slow explorations of landscapes, hours spent thumbing through her growing field guide collection, and her memories of time spent in forests and on shores across the midwest and northeast.

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FRINGE VICTORIAN ERA BY ZOE BYLAND

by Ariadna Zierold

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Zoé Byland’s monochromatic paintings (previously featured here) resemble family photographs from the Victorian era. Dressed in period garb, the sitter’s impassive expressions strike an alluring contrast to their oftentimes jocular and surrealistic accompaniments. Byland’s figures can be found adorned with space helmets reflecting the artist’s studio à la M.C. Escher or posing placidly in a snowy interior with an owl overhead. Each painting is executed in Byland’s stunningly realistic technique creating a highly believable world one would typically find in dreams.

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NEW DARK WORK BY DEREK ERCOLANO

by Ariadna Zierold

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Derek Ercolano (previously featured here) is a Brooklyn based illustrator who’s work is super rad. He does a lot of weirdo drawings of random characters, with melting faces and riding hoverboards and basically tripping out in every conceivable way. When you look through his portfolio it’s also cool to see how he’s progressed over the last couple years. His newest stuff is absolutely killing it.

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SUPER COOL MONOCHROMATIC ILLUSTRATIONS BY JEREMY NICHOLS

by Ariadna Zierold

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Jeremy Nichols was born in Tokyo, Japan in 1982. He spent most of his youth in the suburbs of Columbus, Ohio. After high school, he went to the Ohio State University to study printmaking under Charels Massey jr. and Philip von Rabbe. Shortly after he graduated with a BFA, he moved to Portland, Oregon where he is currently working, drawing, painting, and starring at walls.

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HYPERREALISTIC PORTRAITURE BY RITCHELLY OLIVEIRA

by Ariadna Zierold

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Ritchelly Oliveira draws from emotions to create his different pieces. Building on his talent for sketching which he discovered at a young age, Oliveira developed a distinctive style: hyperrealistic portraiture often interspersed with surrealistic elements that surprise and captivate. While the artist admits that there can be a cliché behind the emotion, he sees the bumps and anxieties hidden beneath the surface. This has inspired him to display these scars in his own work as he has witnessed them on his own path.

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