French graphic designer and photographer Seb Janiak has created this series by layering numerous photos and editing them with a method he calls “digital matte painting”.
“The Kingdom takes its inspiration from the Tibetan Book of the Dead, the Bardo Thodol. Its main theme is the duality faced by man since his creation, expressed in terms of a struggle between light and nothingness.” says Janiak.
London based graphic designer and collage artist Ashley Joseph Edwards blends vintage images and blocks of colour, asymmetrical borders, conical shapes and other geometric shapes.
Edwards says “I’ve been seriously collaging for the past couple of years now. I discovered collage when I was in my first year at Kingston University when one of my friends introduced me to the work of Julien Pacaud, seeing his work was a true inspiration having never seen anything like it before. Around this time I had been given over 1000 images from my Grandads past, they were from the 1950′s and 1960′s, intrigued by the work of Julien I wanted to give collage a go, using my grandads photos, the combination of bold colours and shapes I discovered my own style of collage.”
Ed Fairburn uses road and subway maps as interesting canvases for his ink and pencil portraits.
Fairburn says, “Emphasis is placed on the ‘fragmented’ texture of the skin, a process which has encouraged my work to evolve from its occupation of plain paper to the potential occupation of other, pre-fragmented or pre-patterned surfaces.”
Brazilian artist Lucas Chimello Simões creates these cut-outs by stacking dozens of layers of the same photo and then cut some parts out.
Esra Røise is a Norwegian freelance illustrator based in Oslo. She creates some fresh and colourful inky pencil illustrations inspired by people and small unimportant everyday-life situations.
Nantes, France based illustrator Marynn, creates beautiful pieces with a simple but colourful style by using black and white pencil with a touch of colour.
She says ” It always begins from an obsession, a musical or sentimental one (need tissues…), I’m that kind of girl who listens to the same song over and over as I draw (I have no television). I generally find the message first and then compose according to it. There’s often a second meaning to my illustrations, my closest people generally know what it is about.”
Colombian based artist Carolina Rodriguez Fuenmayor creates very moving and delicate illustrations using a wide colour palette with both warm and cold colours. She says “I’m currently studying visual arts, even though I do not believe in the idea of professionalism.”
Mallorca-based artist Oriol Angrill Jordà creates interesting illustrations with unique colour and texture combinations by using techniques like pastel, watercolours, colored pencil, white pencil on black canson paper, acrylics, graphite or charcoal.
He says, “I did not start like most of the artists I’ve met. As I’ve been listening, a majority of them had been enthusiastic about Art, almost since they were born, as a native desire to create or express themself. Unfortunately, it wasn’t like that to me. It was like a research of what I did better. I really had no interest in drawing or art culture. I completely unknew there were people living and working on Art. Despite my childish ignorance, I had already an easily skill to draw or rather that, a facillity to represent what I saw on paper.”
“My name is Dran, born in Toulouse in 1979, my father wanted me to work with him in construction, but since my arms are too thin to hold a hammer, I dedicated myself to drawing.”
Dran is a street artist and his work is known for mixing black humor with a touch of acidity and harsh criticism of society.
Self-taught Russian illustrator Lora Zombie creates chaotic, vibrant and colourful paintings by using ink and watercolours.
Zombie is a rising star, with her exhibitions quickly selling out galleries worldwide.
Hidden Moves is the online shop of Welsh artist and designer Rhys Owens. Find out more here.
Christian Faur creates pictures using thousands of crayons and putting them together so they appear as pixelated photography.
Baltimore based artist Beth Hoeckel works mainly on collage, mixed media, and photography. She attended Carver Center for Arts magnet school and the Art Institute of Chicago.
Hoeckel says “I’ve been broke most of my life but experiencing the world is more important.”
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Australian illustrator Anna Higgie is currently based in Bristol and is represented by the agency Art Department.
For those who listen to Kuedo, you would recognize the piece below which we think is great and was used for their CD cover.