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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SYNTHETIC REALISM BY GREG PARMA SMITH

by Ariadna Zierold

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Greg Parma Smith‘s painted realism is perversely synthetic and immaculately crafted. His works, composed of oil, acrylic and metallic leaf, are baroque in their construction and subject matter. Smith’s use of cartoons seems at the service of a more hermetic endeavor, one that further mystifies the relationship between a popular image and a rarified artwork.

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LIGHTED APHORISMS BY RIK SMITS

by Ariadna Zierold

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Rik Smits is a Dutch artist who works with several media. His large pencil drawings depict cities and landscapes sceneries, sometimes with a realistic attitude and other times with touches of surrealism or a narrative theme.

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“My work deals with the relation between religion and capitalism, which is depicted in a scenery of architectural landscapes/cityscapes. These landscapes show the contours of an imaginary city. A city which breathes the human ambition towards power and status. Its large scale buildings reminds us of the industrial utopia’s which prevailed in the human mind, but failed to shine or provide peace and humanity in the real world.The most prominent facet of this city is perhaps its appearance, from which one can easily read that the main ideology of its inhabitants is Capitalism. But this ideology is beginning to manifest itself in a religious manner, and will maybe even become a religion itself.” Rik Smits

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POLITICAL POP CULTURE BY ERIC YAHNKER

by Ariadna Zierold

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Eric Yahnker is a contemporary artist born in 1976 in Torrance, California. His humorous, meticulously rendered graphite and colored pencil drawings and elaborate process pieces examine pop culture and politics. His jaw-dropping graphite and colored pencil drawings and other vivid works are sprinkled with absurdist humor and glimmers of the subconscious.

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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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ISOMETRIC EPIC BY DAVID JIEN

by Ariadna Zierold

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Los Angeles-based artist David Jien’s epic narrative is about the chronicles of an allegorical future detailing a battle in which human and anthropomorphic beings continue the struggle against a race of balloon-headed creatures and cold-blooded reptilian overlords who seek world domination.

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Taking inspiration from the infinite possibilities of science fiction, the isometric perspective and narrative geography of Nintendo and Chinese scroll paintings, the eroticism of Japanese pillow books and the limitless transformations of graffiti, Jien has crafted these intensely detailed scenarios in colored pencil on paper.

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MUTATING PENCIL SCULPTURES BY LIONEL BAWDEN

by Ariadna Zierold

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Australian artist Lionel Bawden works in sculpture, performance, installation and painting. Bawden’s core practice exploits hexagonal colored pencils as a sculptural material, reconfigured and carved into amorphous shapes, mining the material’s rich qualities of color, geometry and metaphor.

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Bawden explores themes of flux, transformation and repetition as preconditions to our experience of the physical world, essential to the construction of identity. Bawden’s sculptural works harness landscape as a stand-in for the body, personal themes of desire, longing and interconnection become abstracted in a generative process to create form. The result is midway between organic and geometric forms, an interrogation about metamorphoses and mutations.

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INTUITIVE NARRATIVES BY TARA BOOTH

by Ariadna Zierold

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Portland-based Tara Booth is a comic book artist who mixes drawing and painting in detailed pieces. She gets most of her inspiration from her diary, displaying unique characters in bizarre situations.

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She begins her pieces with a pencil sketch, layering with textures and patterns, then fills it with color using gouache. Her entirely intuitive color choices are the key to the success of her work.

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“If you could do an X-ray of one of my paintings you would see layers and layers of failed color schemes and patterns. I try to work it out until it feels right.” Tara Booth

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HOLOGRAM CEILING BY DYLAN JONES

by Ariadna Zierold

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Portland-based Dylan Jones aka Hologram Ceiling was born in New Hampshire. His technique is usually automatic drawing and animation. Usually, he has sort of a rough idea of what he’s going to shoot and then starts moving through whatever idea he is having as quickly as possible before he forgets. Some of his inspiration is Roland Topor, Tiger Tateishi and Andrzej Zulawski.
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Most of Jones’ tools are colored pencil, construction paper, pens and sharpies. He shoots his animations on Dragonframe and edits them on Premiere.

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