GRAPHITE SLICES BY MILES JOHNSTON

by Ariadna Zierold

miles johnston, graphite, illustration, monochrome, monochromatic, portraiture, surreal, slice, slices, concept, london, upper playground

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

james lipnickas, illustrator, illustration, illustrations, ufos, monsters, aliens, creatures, monochrome, monochromatic, new england, scifi, upper playground

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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GRAY SCALE FIGURES BY TOMOO GOKITA

by Ariadna Zierold

tomoo gokita, tokyo, japan, gray scale, monochrome, portraiture, collage, painting, paintings, pin up, pop culture, neo expressionistic, humor, upper playground

Tokyo, Japan based Tomoo Gokita’s gray-scale paintings depict archetypal figures, such as a pin-up girl or a geisha, with their faces concealed. With a background in graphic design, the artist was initially inspired to create art by his love of manga and animation. His paintings reflect these pop cultural influences, evoking iconic celebrity headshots and pornographic magazines. Executed with extreme technical precision, his erasure of the face through Neo-expressionistic flourishes or scraping gestures disturbs and adds a humorous element to his compositions.

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PHANTASMAGORICAL ILLUSTRATIONS BY JON MACNAIR

by Ariadna Zierold

jon macnair, illustrator, illustration, illustrations, austin, texas, ink, monochromatic, monochrome, spooky, phantasmagoric, creature, creatures, upper playground

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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SKELETAL FORMS BY STEN AND LEX

by Ariadna Zierold

sten, lex, mural, muralist, murals, street art, skeletal, monochrome, geometric, black, white, xray, italy, upper playground

Sten and Lex are among the most internationally renowned street artists in the world. The Italian duo has developed an unique technique, the halftone stencil, which allows them to create poetic and powerful pieces influenced by op-art. Sten and Lex first met at the end of medical studies in Rome, while taking a radiology course together. They were profoundly inspired by the material potential of x-ray film, and it was during class that they first began to cut out the skeletal forms, a process which foreshadowed their current practice.

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FRINGE VICTORIAN ERA BY ZOE BYLAND

by Ariadna Zierold

zoe byland, painting, victorian, monochrome, monochromatic, surreal, surrealistic, space helmet, portraiture, upper playground

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

derek ercolano, illustration, illustrations, dark, monochromatic, monochrome, brooklyn, weird, bizarre, surreal, upper playground

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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