COLOSSAL HUMANOIDS BY JEAN PIERRE ROY

by Ariadna Zierold

jean pierre roy, illustration, painting, scifi, surreal, scenes, science fiction, new york, upper playground

New York based artist Jean-Pierre Roy (previously featured here) paints surreal scenes that deconstruct the known world. His work is often associated with science fiction, depicting alien wastelands inhabited by colossal humanoid beings, their bodies laden with geometric shapes, holographic projections, and mirrored panes. Rather than ascribing to science fiction specifically, however, Roy is more interested in fostering a critical, creative space that allows us to examine the systems of knowledge that construct reality.

jean pierre roy, illustration, painting, scifi, surreal, scenes, science fiction, new york, upper playground jean pierre roy, illustration, painting, scifi, surreal, scenes, science fiction, new york, upper playground jean pierre roy, illustration, painting, scifi, surreal, scenes, science fiction, new york, upper playground jean pierre roy, illustration, painting, scifi, surreal, scenes, science fiction, new york, upper playground jean pierre roy, illustration, painting, scifi, surreal, scenes, science fiction, new york, upper playground jean pierre roy, illustration, painting, scifi, surreal, scenes, science fiction, new york, upper playground

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

TECHNOLOGY AND NATURE INTERTWINED BY KILIAN ENG

by Ariadna Zierold

kilian eng, scifi, technology, mechanics, machines, landscape, illustration, storytelling, science fiction, upper playground

Kilian Eng works as an illustrator and concept artist based out of his hometown of Stockholm Sweden. He graduated in 2010 from Konstfack, University of Arts Craft & Design in Stockholm with a bachelor and master in Illustration and storytelling.

kilian eng, scifi, technology, mechanics, machines, landscape, illustration, storytelling, science fiction, upper playground

The visions created by him inhabit a landscape grown of blinking lights and structures of beautiful mechanics. Eng’s drawings show the artist as architect; as the omniscient voice controlling a self-created world. He works in science-fiction, but not the modern version of it – there are no horrors, no desolate worlds. He doesn’t envision an end time apocalypse, but a future where mankind has evolved to a place where technology and nature intertwine. There is optimism and hope even in the darkest and most alien of his pieces.

kilian eng, scifi, technology, mechanics, machines, landscape, illustration, storytelling, science fiction, upper playground kilian eng, scifi, technology, mechanics, machines, landscape, illustration, storytelling, science fiction, upper playground kilian eng, scifi, technology, mechanics, machines, landscape, illustration, storytelling, science fiction, upper playground kilian eng, scifi, technology, mechanics, machines, landscape, illustration, storytelling, science fiction, upper playground kilian eng, scifi, technology, mechanics, machines, landscape, illustration, storytelling, science fiction, upper playground kilian eng, scifi, technology, mechanics, machines, landscape, illustration, storytelling, science fiction, upper playground kilian eng, scifi, technology, mechanics, machines, landscape, illustration, storytelling, science fiction, upper playground