Aristy Putritami aka Arst is an illustrator from Jakarta, Indonesia. I stumbled on her tumblr a while back and was really drawn into the candid illustrations. Many of them feel like an off-the-cuff reply to life. Their earnestness, or rather Arst’s ability to depict such sincere characters, makes her work more emotive and ultimately more engaging.
Cat Anett, or more commonly known as Anna Cattish, is an illustrator and animator from Russia. Cattish was part of the Honkfu art collective that produced the motion comic JAM. She has also contributed to the upcoming book, Masters of Anatomy. Her art style is simultaneously cute and edgy with many of her characters exuding attitude. Cattish illustrates in a variety of mediums, predominately colouring digitally, recently however has been producing some really beautiful gauche pieces.
Alex Noriega is an illustrator and artist from Barcelona, currently living in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Best known for his wonderful webcomic Stuff No One Told Me. It ran from 2010 – 2012, and was a way of Mr Noriega expressing is frustrations, and as an emotional outlet. He always kept it light, no matter how serious the subject matter. His art style was simplified and in places abstract but with a child-like quality to it. The blog quickly became popular, and was packed with useful and thought-provoking advice.
Near to the end of 2012, new SNOTM comics just stopped appearing. In true internet fashion rumours started to circulate as to the why. In 2013 Mr Noriega put an end to those rumours, announcing that he was still alive, but unsure whether he was going to produce any more comics, and that he had taken a liking to painting. Skip forward another year and Mr Noriega declared he was having a show featuring his painting work. His artwork is a mix of odd shapes, strong solid colours, with very little reference to anything physical. These abstract pieces are worlds apart from his webcomic, with the exception of them being another form to channel his emotions.
Prior to Alex Noriega’s change in artistic direction there was mention of a SNOTM graphic novel titled, Anosmic. It was very nearly complete when he stopped working on the comic, and I do wonder if he still has plans for its release.
Mike Wrobel is a graphic designer and illustrator originally from France, but based in Tokyo. At his design company Moshi Studio Mr Wrobel produces everything from editorial illustration to designing fabrics for Georgian armchairs (though not in a style you may assume).
Mr Wrobel’s work only recently caught my attention when I stumbled on his amazing Game Of Thrones 80/90s Era Characters series. The expressions of the characters, and their alternative lifestyles are spot on. Much his personal work references pop-culture. His attention to detail and punchy colours really bring his vector illustrations to life.
I will leave you with this quote from Mr Wrobel, for no other reason than I really like it,
“I grew up at a wonderful time when X-Files was THE show we couldn’t miss, Grunge music made us wear ripped jeans, and we still could find toys in cereal boxes…..”
Part of the French creative collective L’Encre Blanche, Yvan Duque brings a surreal and comical style to the mix. His landscapes are very atmospheric, comprised of simple shapes and homogeneous colours. His fun characters, large-eyed and timid, often sit with uncomfortable expressions. I really like the juxtaposition of introducing these very cute characters into these rather gloomy environments.
You can find Yvan Duque work in a few places, his tumblr, his etsy, and right now he is part of the Adventure Awaits: Destinations Real & Imagined exhibition at Gallery Nucleus, which will be running until June 15, 2014.