FOUR PANEL COMICS BY LOIC MOVELLAN

by Ariadna Zierold

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Paris based illustrator Loïc Movellan works in four-panel comics. These short satirical stories catches your eye while scrolling through his Instagram, an intentional platform for the drawings. Each comic is chuckle-inducing in just four panels, portraying instants or anecdotes that Movellan has lived and some come directly from his imagination or dreams.

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MIXED MEDIA ILLUSTRATIONS BY ALEJANDRINA HERRERA

by Ariadna Zierold

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Alejandrina Herrera (previously featured here) is an artist from Mexico. In her drawings and mixed media pieces she tells stories about people and animals in an ironic and melancholic way and how they interact with their surroundings. Also, the soft palette combined with the dark, intricate details of the drawings are spot on.

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NARRATIVE CERAMICS BY LEE YUN HEE

by Ariadna Zierold

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Lee Yun Hee creates narrative ceramic pieces inspired by literature and story telling. She uses both Western and Eastern influences, creating a style of her own that is striking, unique and undoubtably contemporary. Her work is fragile and flawless, almost creating an aura of effortlessness. She uses her work to reflect upon stories of everyday people; their struggles, fears, hopes, and anxieties.

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Hee’s work is mystical and fantastic. Though balancing modern, classic, Eastern, and Western styles, she has creating an epic body of art that is honest, profound, and truly unique. Her work acts as windows into her own version of a fairy tale; she is able to re-create morality stories within her own framework.

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OMIE CREATION BY REX WARRIMOU

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Rex Warrimou (Sabïo) is Jagorai (Law Man) of the Dahorurajé clan. He is the senior custodian of Ömie creation knowledge and ‘keeper’ of many important Dahorurajé clan stories. Rex’s father, the late Chief Warrimou, entrusted him with this prestigious role.

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By the late-1940s, missionaries had encroached into Ömie territory and were endeavouring to stamp out customary Ömie cultural practices. Sadly, they had already forbidden important rituals such as initiation and funerary ceremonies. Consequently, Warrimou was a key figure in the preservation of Ömie cultural traditions and time-honoured visual arts production.

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The volcano Huvaimo is a sacred and powerful place where Ömie Ancestor Spirits reside. It erupted in 1951 and Warrimou believed the Ancestor Spirits were warning his people that their culture was being lost. In order to appease these forebears, Warrimou actively encouraged women Ömie artists to continue painting barkcloth. Additionally, he urged them to transfer customary men’s tattoo designs onto barkcloth.

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To this day, the survival of Ömie barkcloth art is largely credited to Warrimou (along with his sister Nogi). Warrimou instilled in his son Rex the importance of preserving and maintaining traditional cultural practices and he is now considered the ‘keeper’ of the profound knowledge taught to him by his father. Late in 2012, Rex began painting these sacred stories onto barkcloth using his unique (for Ömie) figurative style. He is currently the only male artist painting for Ömie Artists.

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Rex Warrimou’s traditional lands encompass the southern and eastern sides of Huvaimo itself, and the surrounding mountain ranges. With his family, Rex tirelessly watches over and cares for his homelands. Rex maintains the vital balance between his ‘people’ (including past, present and future generations) and the sacred environment from which they were created and of which they are so intrinsically a part. Rex is married to artist Jean-Mary Warrimou (Hujama) and together they have seven children. His sister Lila Warrimou (Misaso), with whom he sometimes collaborates, is the Paramount Chief of Ömie women.

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AMORPHOUS AND EXPERIMENTAL WORK BY OSCAR BOLTON GREEN

by Ariadna Zierold

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Prolific illustrator Oscar Bolton Green was born in London. His figurative work and character pieces are a delight. His portfolio is sort of a wonderland of strange and dreamy imagery. It’s amazing how he works with simple forms and how he manages to create complex scenes and stories out of beautiful bright shapes. He also experiments with lettering, that fits his style of illustration perfectly—slightly amorphous and experimental.

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LITERARY ADVENTURES BY ANDREW DEGRAFF

by Ariadna Zierold

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Andrew DeGraff is a freelance illustrator and artist living and working in Maine. Andrew was born in Albany, NY and spent his little league years upstate. He graduated from Pratt Institute’s Communications Design program with a focus in Illustration in 2001, and he returned to Pratt to teach illustration from 2009 – 2014. He recently published his first book, Plotted: A Literary Atlas from Zest Books.

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DeGraff approaches each story differently and crafts maps that truly tell stories. It’s not always easy to paint the mental picture you want if the narrative is complex, or if the writer has built a world that is incomprehensible in scope. Thanks to his talent, now you have a new way to envision some of your favorite fictional places.

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BEAUTIFUL SCI-FI BY ARTYOM TRAKHANOV

by Ariadna Zierold

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Artyom Trakhanov lives and works in Novosibirsk, Russia, where he is feverishly working on his next creator-owned project. Trakhanov’s most recent work includes the moody and beautiful sci-fi epic UNDERTOW, as well as assorted cover work for Image, BOOM!, and DC Comics.

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Artyom has contributed covers and short stories to several titles while working on multiple new projects, both with writers and on his own.

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THE INTRIGUING ILLUSTRATIONS OF ROVINA CAI

by Ariadna Zierold

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Rovina Cai is an illustrator from Melbourne, Australia who loves making illustrations that evoke a sense of intrigue; images that make you linger, hungry to know the stories behind them. She is often inspired by the past, from myths and fairy tales to gothic novels. These stories bring a little bit of magic and wonder to the the present day.

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David Cortijo Arellano’s Photos

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First first. Sorry for my English. I live in a small town called Rubi. 15 miles from Barcelona. Big house, small TV, great views from my window.

I take pictures of masses of people, Friends, Girls, Women.

I use an Olympus 300 and Kodak Easy Load 35. Phone camera.

I Ain’t finished my studies. But I meet people that help me, like my friend Andrea and my old teacher Miguel. My dad. First photos on my life. RIP.

What are your influences? John Frusciante guitar on Blood Sugar Sex Magic, Mickey Rourke, Terry Richardson, Alberto Garcia Alix, Madonna Sex book, Scorsese, Rumble Fish clouds, James Ellroy, Jim Jarmusch and The Clash.

Were do you see your self in five years? Alive, I hope. No zombie disaster. No aliens on my window. Making people happy with my pictures and my stories.

What makes you happy? Now? David Comes To Live, Fucked Up!!! Driving alone listening to rock and roll music. Skate. Money on my pocket. Meet unexpected people. Shoot & write.

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