In Phil Huntington aka Dogboy’s large screen prints, we are invited into his bizarre worlds in glorious technicolour. The colours used are bright with an acidity and intensity that pulls you in from the slightest glimpse. Once inside, there are masses to explore with his wonderfully creepy characters, their buildings and vehicles, as well as all the curious activities going on.
As well as a view on life that is full of wit, there’s a kind of poetry in Grant Snider’s perspective. His comics often have an introspective observation that picks up on the light side of the trials of being an artist. His series, ‘Incidental Comics‘ is a regular strip online and in print that shares his thoughts and interesting take on things.
We like the interesting colour combinations used in John F. Malta’s trippy comic books. The palettes chosen work well at painting scenes of the weird and entertaining worlds his equally fun characters live in. Expect fire-breathing aliens and giant mushrooms aplenty in the work of this New York-based artist from Ohio.
With their pointed noses and wobbly limbs, the various characters Jeong Hwa Min creates strike a balance between the fun and the sinister. We really like the playful and surreal quality in Jeong’s screen prints and books, as well as the use of overlays and intense colours. Jeong’s pencil illustrations also capture a curious sense of fun and the unnerving in their larger, dreamy landscapes.
In a series of images created for Neonmob, J.R. Schmidt shows us a snapshot of epic, imagined landscapes. We’re given a cross section of lava-filled caves, barren deserts and foreboding icebergs. We see these places through a kaleidoscope eye, a kaleidoscope of soft hues and warming gradients.
With the festive season already threatening us with long lists of things to do, many people will be keeping an eye out for this year’s set of cards. However, it’s not only now that artists are working on card designs. With people like the talented duo, Studio Tipi producing such heart-melting and timeless images, cards are a good place to look for inspiration all year round.
Keen to make opportunities for himself, Cristóbal Schmal moved to Germany via Spain. He is now based in Berlin where he has been steadily building up an impressive portfolio of work for publishing, book covers and advertising. He didn’t go straight into illustration, working first as a graphic designer, which makes sense given his appreciation of strong, simple shapes and interesting compostions.