Melting skulls and rampaging aliens run riot in Pete Murgatroyd’s epic SciFi scenes of colour and carnage. As well as singular, large-scale images, Pete makes comics and designs for screen printing. We like how much is going on in every available inch of larger illustrations. You could spend quite a lot of time working out who’s zapping which mutant and who has the most amazing/strangest weapon/appendage.
A guarantee of paper cuts must be part of the job for paper sculptor, Lydia Kasumi Shirreff. Precision with a blade is a must, as is an apparent and intoxicating love of colour and pattern. We like that there is a youthfully crafty joy in her work, as well as more geometry than you can shake a glue stick at.
We like the mixed-media stylings of Polish graphics student, Karol Banach aka ‘Korneliusz’. His illustration work is a mashup of energetic, intuitive mark making and simpler designed shapes in traditional and digital mediums. Considering he is still on his course in Torun, Poland, we thought it would be nice to ask him a few questions while still in the middle of his studies. We usually catch up with students during their final shows or just after, so we thought it would be a good chance to get a student’s perspective in situ.
Fridays are made that little bit more joyous with Adam Pryce’s project, ‘Happy Friday’ for Creature Mag. We like his use of neon palettes and the beaming grins on his characters. They are a celebration of colour and fun as well as the weekend.
That sinking feeling when the lost hikers in the dark wood stumble upon a clearing and are confronted by an solitary building, shutters creaking, backlit by a full moon. That is the atmosphere masterfully captured in Jim Kazanjian’s series of images, which are as beautiful as they are haunting. The overwhelming sense of foreboding that may be suggested to the viewer of a film over time is given to us in one gloriously spooky moment.
The decorative paintings of Karen Barbour are full of inky washes and gorgeous sunset hues. We like collision of different techniques quickly leading us from sparkling masses of pattern to monochrom before changing direction once again. Her brush never really settles on one theme for too long, keeping the viewer on their toes and her work surprising and engaging.
Tigers, tattoos and smoke-filled rooms set the atmosphere for German student, Kirsten Rothbart’s stylish illustrations. The characters she inks onto paper represent the allure and sexiness only found in a leather jacket and ripped jeans. However, it’s the clever colour palettes that we really like, especially her pastel washed-in blends.