Dax Norman is a contemporary artist who primarily works in painting and animation. Norman creates slippery, tripped-out characters and the psychedelic landscapes in which they reside, thrive and lose their minds. Rarely does he create a totally new piece from scratch; he prefers a symbiotic cycle, reappropriating his own work in a neverending pursuit of perfection. His paintings, GIFs and animations evoke heady hallucinogenic trips.
NYC-based artist Hayden Zezula mixes captivating visuals with the uncomfortable. His intention is to merge visually pleasing animation with creepy imagery, creating loops that toe the line between interesting and uncomfortable.
Zezula a.k.a. Zolloc’s website is filled with electric oceans, gravity-defying sludge, people made from bubbles, and worlds within worlds within worlds. Zezula’s eye for color and talent at creating perfect loops make each GIF a miniature journey into his daydream-fueled mind.
Check out Kirill Nazin‘s work. The vibrant nature of his art transmits an energy that is unmistakable. His bold colors contrasted with black outlines create a world within a work effect, and the intricate patterns dazzle the eye from up close, while the vibrant colors and shapes meld into a harmonious whole.
Born in Santa Barbara, California, Brendan Monroe studied at Art Center in Pasadena. A sculptor and painter, his work consists of explorations of his ideas and dreams, translated into images of a familiar but unseen world. It’s this dual quality and the tension between the reality and surreality that gives them their power and allure.
“I think it’s important to constantly challenge oneself with new ideas and new mediums. My interpretations of the world are mostly rooted in science then executed through painting and sculpting. These are the best ways for me to communicate, but I always enjoy making other things as well.” Brendan Monroe
Chicago-based artist, Ben Marcus makes comics that feel inspired by all things trippy, alien, and David Bowie. His favorite manga is Akira by Katsuhiro Otomo. His comic has a particular clarity in the line work because he wants the reader to keep track of the plot. Clean and clear language for dramatic and poetic purposes.
“The proportions of the facial features is important to me and I draw and re-draw them. Too many times. I wanted my characters to have a contemplative complexity to them. A depth of consciousness that a sense of animation is born of. I drew everything by hand and scanned it and added the half-tones in photoshop.” Ben Marcus
Wakama Yamazaki is a Japanese illustrator based in Tokyo. Her style of illustrations and drawings are rough and different. The color, psychedelic vibes, humor and the occasional nod to Japanese heritage is greatly influenced by artworks from the 1960s and 1970s, such as the animation work of Heinz Edelman for Yellow Submarine, the psychedelic poster works drawn by Victor Moscoso and underground, independent comic titles. She tends to illustrate in this way more than the traditions of Japan and the Far East.
Derek Ercolano was born and bred in New York. His detailed and delicate style of drawing has embraced the city’s vibrancy and results in distinctive series of colorful comical illustrations. He does a lot of these weirdo drawings of random characters, with melting faces and riding hoverboards and basically tripping out in every conceivable way.
José Méndez is a Spanish illustrator and art director based in London. He studied a Graphic Design degree at Escuela de Arte10 Madrid, and École de Communication Visuelle in Paris.
He works with a wide range of mediums across multiple platforms (illustration, graffiti, animation, typography, clothing design, etc.).