Illustrations by Alva Skog

Art and illustration is a way for me to communicate, express and question ideas and ideals. For me, illustration and art is a powerful (political) tool and I want people reflect on things that we take for granted, such as gender in-equality and hidden racism. My wish is to highlight and challenge social issues in society and contribute to the much-needed diversity in media and advertising.

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From Crowds to Camaraderie

These illustrations depict various close and condensed interactions between humans, delving mostly into the psychological realm. The artist, Yuko Okabe, always feels anxiety in bustling social situations such as cities and parties yet somehow she feels compelled to create arrays of "human packs" in her work. In this selection, she depict the cons and pros of crowds ranging from her inner conflicted monologues to sweet memories to the beauty of camaraderie when diverse bodies come together.

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Illustrations by Debbie Wong

Drawing inspiration from street fashion, Japanese anime, and nature, Debbie Wong’s illustrations explore a surreal world under the moniker “beetlebob” where the line between creatures and humans blurs under a symbiotic scope. Whimsical characters greet you and sometimes flip you off as you traverse farther into beetlebob’s world. With simple ink lines and occasional highlights, beetlebob creates an eye-catching body of minimalist work that sparks humor and curiosity.

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Textile Designs by Eunjoo Lee

Nature gives me unlimited freedom of expression, with the interesting variety of shapes, colours and arrangements giving lots of inspiration. Flower is endless flexible in form, they lend themselves to arrangement freely, and it gives me the great practice to play with patterns. And those nature materials mixed with hundreds of stories of my travels to all over the world. From the travel, each country has different style of textile design, culture and art, and those give me lots of inspirations as my own visual language.

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Illustrations by Mathieu Larone

Mathieu Larone is an illustrator and cartoonist from Montréal. He currently studies illustration at OCAD university in Toronto. Along with his academic pursuits, he self-publishes collections of his drawings regularly and works various freelance jobs, including  the New York Times and Static Magazine and various poster work. He has also worked at La Maison de la bande dessinée de Montréal, a place of legend, where he was graciously mentored by the best of the best. 

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2x2

Yuko Okabe always had two fascinations: 1) small objects and 2) seeing faces or human forms in objects. Using an economical purchase of 2"x2" canvas boards, she painted various free-form shapes and later brought these blobs to life with tiny faces and limbs. 

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iilomolii

Fabia Mateev is a freelance illustrator based in Frankfurt, Germany, doing illustrations (and sometimes animations) for books, magazines, advertising and apps. Fabia studied Graphic Design and Illustration at University of Art and Design Offenbach am Main / Germany, where she graduated in 2016. Fabia prefers clear shapes, strong contrast and bright colors in her illustrations.

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Patterns by Sabina Alcaraz

Sabina Alcaraz is a freelance packaging & pattern designer based in Spain. She is currently living in a small town, Xixona, near Valencia in a country house. After finishing her studies, Sabina decided that she wanted to work as a freelance designer, and she loves to work directly with my clients. Now, Sabina is working in a co-working studio with an architect and a photographer.

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Fantasy Consumer

Utopia has special meaning for the contemporary man.  In the end of utopia, Krishan Kumar said that modern man could consume their own fantasy, and consuming their fantasy their utopia come true. But I think the meaning of this is more close to fantasy, or paradise than utopia. So I will call this “Fantasy consuming”. We can easily find the example of fantasy consuming, through mass media, and fantasy consuming is usually connected with social problems.

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Hiragana

In celebration of Inktober 2017, Yuko Okabe decided to illustrate creatures and humans out of the Japanese syllabic alphabet, Hiragana. Each illustration corresponds to either the phonetic sound or a word associated with the Japanese character. In all, she created 46 illustrations to match the 46 characters in the alphabet. 

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Illustrations by Tiffany Pai

Tiffany Pai is a Beijing-born, Brooklyn-based illustrator and designer. She graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in illustration and currently works as a graphic designer at PLANSPONSOR magazine while freelancing as an illustrator. Tiffany finds inspiration from Ukiyo-e prints, Chinese folk tales and history and strives to provoke work that is both beautiful and thought provoking. 

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