MELANCHOLIC WORLDS BY MILENA HUHTA

by Ariadna Zierold

milena huhta, illustration, helsinki, drawing, girls, boys, manga, surreal, scifi, colorful, pastel, upper playground

Helsinki-based illustrator Milena Huhta creates worlds filled with conflicted and melancholy characters. Huhta draws girls and guys, but the girls take center stage in her recent work. Huhta instills in her subject matter a shameless self-awareness that she learned from characters like Sailor Moon.

milena huhta, illustration, helsinki, drawing, girls, boys, manga, surreal, scifi, colorful, pastel, upper playground

Huhta loves sci-fi themed manga: Ghost in the Shell, Neon Genesis Evangelion and Aeon Flux. She’s also a fan of Fifth Element and the Alien films. The colors she uses in her illustrations take her work to the next level. The addition of color is an instinctual process and the powdered colors paired with a few neons make it feel so right.

milena huhta, illustration, helsinki, drawing, girls, boys, manga, surreal, scifi, colorful, pastel, upper playground milena huhta, illustration, helsinki, drawing, girls, boys, manga, surreal, scifi, colorful, pastel, upper playground milena huhta, illustration, helsinki, drawing, girls, boys, manga, surreal, scifi, colorful, pastel, upper playground milena huhta, illustration, helsinki, drawing, girls, boys, manga, surreal, scifi, colorful, pastel, upper playground milena huhta, illustration, helsinki, drawing, girls, boys, manga, surreal, scifi, colorful, pastel, upper playground milena huhta, illustration, helsinki, drawing, girls, boys, manga, surreal, scifi, colorful, pastel, upper playground

BIZARRE AWKWARDNESS BY POLINA TERESHINA

by Ariadna Zierold

polina tereshina, illustration, people, bearded, awkward, bizarre, minimalist, pastel, watercolor, russia, upper playground

Russian-born painter Polina Tereshina interprets her feeling of being between cultures, neither purely Russian nor American—a little of both. An abstract sense of statelessness is reflected in characters that move and interact within a fantastical geometric playground that is detailed yet vague.

polina tereshina, illustration, people, bearded, awkward, bizarre, minimalist, pastel, watercolor, russia, upper playground

She has a love for the awkward and bizarre aspects of our daily lives, so much so that she interprets them through her abstract, figurative paintings. Using acrylic, ink, and watercolor, she disassembles the body to arrive at a newly resolved aspect, one which speaks more clearly to the reality of our movements.

polina tereshina, illustration, people, bearded, awkward, bizarre, minimalist, pastel, watercolor, russia, upper playground

The rigid lines of the geometric and lined backgrounds add a sense of control to the piece, one which the subject interacts around. This brings balance, along with the idea of limits and structure. Through this we can relate to the modified human. By simplifying the body to the elemental aspects of the figure, often just a silhouette, she draws the viewer into the exaggerated trait.

polina tereshina, illustration, people, bearded, awkward, bizarre, minimalist, pastel, watercolor, russia, upper playground polina tereshina, illustration, people, bearded, awkward, bizarre, minimalist, pastel, watercolor, russia, upper playground polina tereshina, illustration, people, bearded, awkward, bizarre, minimalist, pastel, watercolor, russia, upper playground polina tereshina, illustration, people, bearded, awkward, bizarre, minimalist, pastel, watercolor, russia, upper playground polina tereshina, illustration, people, bearded, awkward, bizarre, minimalist, pastel, watercolor, russia, upper playground polina tereshina, illustration, people, bearded, awkward, bizarre, minimalist, pastel, watercolor, russia, upper playground

DREAMY DREAMWORLD BY SOFIA HYDMAN

by Ariadna Zierold

sofia hydman, illustration, gif, animation, humor, ladies, women, woman, dreamy, humor, pastel, food, dance, upper playground

Sofia Hydman has taken various courses in photography, illustration and graphic design and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Visual Communication at Beckmans College of Design, Stockholm in 2014. Today she works with personal projects and freelance work.

sofia hydman, illustration, gif, animation, humor, ladies, women, woman, dreamy, humor, pastel, food, dance, upper playground

Sofia is inspired by empty spaces and has difficulties with drawing straight lines. She works with a number of different techniques, ranging from digital images to graphic design to illustration and drawing. A recurring theme in Sofia’s work is to explore identity and heritage. By working in both digital and analogue mediums she makes pastel-colored tones which creates a narrative and dreamy dreamworld.

sofia hydman, illustration, gif, animation, humor, ladies, women, woman, dreamy, humor, pastel, food, dance, upper playground sofia hydman, illustration, gif, animation, humor, ladies, women, woman, dreamy, humor, pastel, food, dance, upper playground sofia hydman, illustration, gif, animation, humor, ladies, women, woman, dreamy, humor, pastel, food, dance, upper playground sofia hydman, illustration, gif, animation, humor, ladies, women, woman, dreamy, humor, pastel, food, dance, upper playground sofia hydman, illustration, gif, animation, humor, ladies, women, woman, dreamy, humor, pastel, food, dance, upper playground

VAPORWAVE SCULPTURES BY CRISTINA TUFINO

by Ariadna Zierold

cristina tufiño, cristina tufino, pocelain, sculptures, ceramic, ceramics, vaporware, pastel, pastels, smooth, soft, surreal, faces, upper playground, puerto rico

Cristina Tufiño is a Puerto Rican artist best known for the installations and photography she creates inspired by a social debris. Tufiño gets her inspiration from the social surroundings. Cristina’s expression comes in a form of certain rearranging of cultural products as if they were her very own artistic material.

cristina tufiño, cristina tufino, pocelain, sculptures, ceramic, ceramics, vaporware, pastel, pastels, smooth, soft, surreal, faces, upper playground, puerto rico cristina tufiño, cristina tufino, pocelain, sculptures, ceramic, ceramics, vaporware, pastel, pastels, smooth, soft, surreal, faces, upper playground, puerto rico cristina tufiño, cristina tufino, pocelain, sculptures, ceramic, ceramics, vaporware, pastel, pastels, smooth, soft, surreal, faces, upper playground, puerto rico cristina tufiño, cristina tufino, pocelain, sculptures, ceramic, ceramics, vaporware, pastel, pastels, smooth, soft, surreal, faces, upper playground, puerto rico cristina tufiño, cristina tufino, pocelain, sculptures, ceramic, ceramics, vaporware, pastel, pastels, smooth, soft, surreal, faces, upper playground, puerto rico cristina tufiño, cristina tufino, pocelain, sculptures, ceramic, ceramics, vaporware, pastel, pastels, smooth, soft, surreal, faces, upper playground, puerto rico

 

MYTHICAL PASTELS BY JUN CEN

by Ariadna Zierold

jun cen, illustration, new york, print, subtle, calm, pastel, lightness, upper playground

New York based Jun Cen is an illustrator, animator and designer. Cen received a bachelor’s degree in Printmaking from Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts in China, later, he moved to Baltimore where he completed his MFA degree in Illustration from Maryland Institute College of Art.

jun cen, illustration, new york, print, subtle, calm, pastel, lightness, upper playground

Cen’s illustrations, digital and traditional, are always sensitively drafted. He uses harmonious tones and subtle touches of texture to give a feeling of calmness and quietness, making much of his work close to hypnotic. Jun interprets the world in his own way, giving lightness and delicacy to heavy sumo wrestlers and Grecian fighters.

jun cen, illustration, new york, print, subtle, calm, pastel, lightness, upper playground jun cen, illustration, new york, print, subtle, calm, pastel, lightness, upper playground jun cen, illustration, new york, print, subtle, calm, pastel, lightness, upper playground jun cen, illustration, new york, print, subtle, calm, pastel, lightness, upper playground jun cen, illustration, new york, print, subtle, calm, pastel, lightness, upper playground