SINISTER THEMES BY RIIKKA SORMUNEN

by Ariadna Zierold

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Berlin based Riikka Sormunen is an artist and illustrator. With her amazing eye for detail and color, and a slight flare for dark comedy, Sormunen has landed herself projects including being a contributor for The New York Times. She creates beautiful illustrations with the finest attention to detail. Her patterns and style are clearly inspired by her background in fashion design, but beneath the surface her illustrations often hold more sinister themes.

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SINISTER GIFS BY MATTIS DOVIER

by Ariadna Zierold

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Mattis Dovier has a talent for creating GIFs that are pleasing to the eye but have a habit of turning your stomach ever so slightly. His eye-popping GIFs are on another level.

Dovier works in an unmistakable style, one he described as “stripped of unnecessary details.” First Dovier draws each frame by hand in low resolution. Then he fills in shadows with pixel grids converted in Photoshop’s bitmap mode. The end result is somewhere between numeric and classic aesthetics like engravings, as well as the screentone process characteristic of manga.

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SINISTER PORTRAITURE BY PXRN

by Ariadna Zierold

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PXRN‘s work and colors are a total joy and manage to be supremely odd, but not self-consciously so – a rare treat. His striking color choices slap you round the face, but once your eyes adjust you can’t help but smirk. PXRN tackles the body in ways that are grotesque, twisted and undeniably imaginative.

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SINISTER INFOGRAPHIC ILLUSTRATIONS BY VAKA VALO

by Ariadna Zierold

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Vaka Valo‘s illustration and color palette resembles the how-to/airplane emergency guides, removing them from their explanatory contexts and fusing them to create new, totally obscure, narratives.

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For example, a construction manual interplays with a first-aid guide so that the blood poring out of Mrs A.N. Example’s nose flows seamlessly into a paint tin. They are strange, and not a little sinister, but then anyone who actually reads the aircraft safety card will be disturbed at the vacant expressions on the illustrated faces and understand quickly the leap of imagination it took Vaka to create these “dreams.”

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