Joe Tickle

"I love to draw city views in a variety of wild colour schemes. I think it gives a new perspective on a lot of places as well as brightening up the landscape."

Brighton Pier - Coloured pencil drawing 420 x 297 mm

“I have favoured drawing in the brighter colours for as long as I can remember, as I felt the world around me looked a bit dull and monotone. I started doing these drawings to show how colour can be used to brighten up a view.

After I have chosen a view, I draw all the outlines in fine black pen. The ink drawing is then scanned and reproduced as prints alongside the colour ones. Once this stage is complete, the next is to create a vibrant version using coloured pencil, which I think creates good contrasts and a nice variety of textures.

While most of my works are based on my own photographs, I have also done a number of commissions. Some are the usual city views, others for people who wanted their house drawn in this style. Or even their wedding photos.”

UK artist, Joe Tickle has been featured at art fairs in London, Oxford, Cambridge and Guildford and has a part-time stall at Camden market. All his works are available as originals as well as prints and cards.

Bridge Of Sighs Oxford - Pen and ink drawing 420 x 297 mm
New York - Coloured pencil drawing 420 x 297 mm
Bridge Of Sighs Cambridge - Pen and ink drawing 420 x 297 mm
Westminster Bridge - Coloured pencil drawing 420 x 297 mm

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Keiko Nabila Yamazaki

Keiko approaches each subject in a playful manner, focusing on emotion and exploration, and often bases her art on her own experiences, memories and dreams. She is very much inspired by Pablo Picasso’s quote: “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.”

Me - Digital 11 x 14 in.

Keiko Nabila Yamazaki is a New York-based, award-winning illustrator and surface designer. She was born and raised in Jakarta, Indonesia. Upon graduating high school, she moved to New York City and started her BFA in Illustration at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Keiko’s work has been recognized by the Society of Illustrators and American Illustration and has been featured in numerous publications, such as 3x3 magazine and Long Island City/Astoria Journal.

As a child, Keiko loved watching many Western and Japanese cartoons, which led her to an interest in drawing and illustration. The art styles of these cartoons have significantly influenced Keiko’s work, as seen in the vibrant colors, whimsical shapes and thick lines that are iconic of her work.

Keiko enjoys using a diverse range of media, including digital art, gouache painting, printmaking and jewelry. She actively exhibits her work in galleries and is also active at craft fairs, selling her many products including silk scarves, tote bags, stickers, hats, and jewelry.

Susana I - Acrylic and gouache on paper 16 x 20 in.
New York - Digital 12 x 12 in.
My Life In A Day - Digital 11 x 17 in.
Dancing Fruits - Digital 12 x 12 in.

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Codyan

"I like comic culture, casual and no noise lifestyle. So I can focus on “Open your mind! Enjoy your life!” directly. I like the works of Toriyama Akira (Japanese comic artist.) Each of his comics is a piece of illustration art, which is more meaningful than comics as entertainment."

Armageddon_Amon - Recycled trash, cast, foam, acrylic with coloring texture mixed 25 x 40 cm

Codyan Liu is a concept artist and a member of the Hong Kong Society of Illustrators. His illustration works have been published in different media: graced CD covers, graphic novels, music video art and concept art of mobile games. Now he hosts some illustration projects about fan art and protected animals.

Boom Magazine Cover: The internet - Photoshop 23 x 30 cm
Pray for Australia - Color markers 15 x 10.5 cm
The Black Children's Day - Photoshop 29.7 x 42 cm
Stories of Earth man: Shokunin - Color markers 18 x 11.5 cm

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Kristina Swarner

"I created my first illustrated story using crayon on manila paper at the age of 5, and have been drawing ever since. My work draws much of its imagery and inspiration from dreams, memories, and emotions.”

Night Voyage - Mixed media 12 x 18 in.

“Since graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design, I have created award-winning illustrations and exhibited my work internationally, including at the Society of Illustrators and at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. I work out of my book-, music-, and plant-filled studio in Chicago."

Kristina Swarner is an American artist living and working in Chicago. Her practice involves painting, drawing, illustration, watercolor, mixed media and printmaking.

Flying Horse - Mixed media 12 x 18 in.
The very place I have been seeking - Mixed media 9 x 11 in.
Look Up - Mixed media 9 x 11 in.
Midnight Moon - Mixed media 6 x 8 in.

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Cocteau

"My practice includes a variety of media. The images shown here are part of a free-assosiative series where I let the feeling of the moment guide my hand and eye building up the rhythm of each composition."

Untitled - Digital media drawing

Cocteau is the artistic name for Sarah Ping, an artist born in China in 1987 and living in New York since 2012. Cocteau produces a variety of works in an array of different media and style, the combination of which she considers describe her as an artist. Here we focus on her digital paintings, a variety of momentary marks which are involved more about rhythm and compositional balance rather than content or place. 

Untitled - Digital media drawing
Untitled - Digital media drawing
Untitled - Digital media drawing
Untitled - Digital media drawing

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Laura Peretti

"My work is based on the atmosphere of a moment and its intimacy; the secrets behind it. I have always believed that stories have a life of their own. I like to silently intrude into different private scenes of ongoing stories, inviting you to come along with me as a silent spectator."

Luxurious - Digital painting 20 x 10 in.

Laura Peretti is an Illustrator and Graphic Designer based in New York.  Born in 1986, in Argentina, she studied Graphic Design at Buenos Aires University and Art Production with recognized Argentinian artists. In 2020, Peretti received her MFA in Illustration at School of Visual Arts, New York where she continues to work in freelance illustration and art production.

Clothes Off - Digital painting 19 x 19 in.
All Along - Mixed Media 8 x 11 in.
No Tomorrow - Mixed Media 8 x 11 in.
The Girl Who Wanted it All - Digital painting 14 x 19 in.

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Jingfeng Li

"The beauty of realistic pen-and-ink painting is that it uses just a black line to paint a rich and delicate picture. It presents a beauty of vicissitudes. I like the color of black, white and gray. Its deep, quiet yet noble quality profoundly attracts me."

Elves on the plateau - Ink pen on paper 73.18 x 44.2 cm

Chinese Artist, Jingfeng Li was born in 1965 in Anshan city, Liaoning Province, China and today lives in Beijing. His painstakingly realistic works are produced primarily with an ink pen. JingFeng Li graduated from Shenyang Lu Xun Academy of Fine Arts and is a member of the American Portrait Society, a contractor of the Sena Art Gallery in France, and a representative painter of modern Chinese painting.

"I started drawing at the age of seven, perhaps a natural affinity; and have been long engaged with photography and painting. I began to work realistically with pen drawing in 2012. I have won many prizes in international drawing contests. Perhaps I was born like black and white and grey color, so choosing pen drawing is in line with my aesthetic. I like the real thing, it makes me really feel the sincerity and affinity of nature."

In Sunshine - Ink pen on paper 44 x 43 cm
Mountain village - Ink pen on paper 54.25 x 54.18 cm
Kejia Girl - Ink pen on paper 56 x 86 cm
Château de Selles No.4 - Ink pen on paper 54 x 54 cm

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Katya Dudnik

Katya is like a creator, calling into existence her own world, which consists of fairytale dreams and faith for the good. She makes us recall the children's games and dreams, see our environment in a different way — through the prism of the childish simplicity and naïveté, and thus become better.

Green Avatar - Oil on canvas 70 x 70 cm

"There are no "absolutely grown ups" and no “absolutely childish” people. We all come from the world of the fairy tale, where we see the brightest dreams and the air is soaked in them. The most important thing is not to lose this childishness when you grow up and get wiser, have a free spirit, be loving and always ready to meet fairy tales."

Katya Dudnik is a prominent Ukranian artist. Her first teacher was her father, while her mother was her inspiration.

Apart from an outstanding natural talent, Kate has a notable professional background, studied at the State School of Arts T.G.Shevchenko (1997-2000) and the National Art Academy (2001-2007).  She is an honorable Member of the Izmail Art Union and National Youth Assembly of Artists of Ukraine. In 2010 the name of Katya Dudnik was included to the “United Art Rating” (which includes the names of the artists of Russian Empire, USSR, Russian Federation, Ukraine and all the ex-USSR Republics of 18th - 21st centuries, who formed their part of the world’s heritage).

The main characters of her paintings are her two sons, nieces, beloved sister and Katya herself. But each viewer sees himself or someone from his family, friends. Katya Dudnik took part in various exhibitions which helped her become confident, brought her acclaim and incentives for new creative works. She has actively exhibited since 2000, an entire list of her CV is visible on http://katyadudnik.gallery/about/

Napoleon’s Snack - Oil on canvas 40 x 40 cm
On the Stage - Oil on canvas 35 x 50 cm
Two Halves of One Whole - Oil on canvas 35 x 50 cm
Buddha that brings Harmony to the Universe - Oil on canvas 90 x 90 cm

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Josea Bee

Born in: Hong Kong

Lives in: Hong Kong

Media: Illustration

Describe your work in 3 words: Yin Yang symbol

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"In a world of duality, many things are defined and demarcated. However, "existence" and "non-existence" are more a concept than a reality. People tend to perceive "existence” merely through time, space and matter; but when you change your consciousness, your mind can be changed."

What themes does your work involve?
Part of the inspirations of my current artworks comes from an exploration of ancient religious cultures; together with my own unique perceptions and abstract memories of consciousness, soul, etc., and delicate brush strokes, my artworks try to convey philosophical and religious thoughts of life.
Describe your creative process.
Essentially speaking, sensations, feelings, insights, fantasies - all these are private and personal, and art is one way to give one peace of mind and inner tranquility, while philosophy is one way to understand life. Everything is narrated through symbols and combined with relevant experiences and messages, she strives to convey a harmonic integration of philosophy, art, rituals and society.
What influences your work? What inspires you? Why do you make art?
If one is aware of the otherness of things and visualize closely, one can easily enter the realm of spiritual vision and transfer. Even situations, things and sensations encountered and experienced in daily life can penetrate into the subconscious unconsciously. Yet in dreams, they turn into something like sailboats and guide you through the sea. Being taught, informed and experienced, I am like a recorder on a voyage.
What is good art? What makes a piece of art great?
Nowadays, humans cannot live without communication channels like verbal and body languages and other sign systems. People need to understand and transmit information through them. Any symbols, signs, verbal and body languages, etc., that run through and ripple across people's hearts also can be regarded as “good art”.
What is the role of the artist today?
Our society is overwhelmed with materialism nowadays and the blindfolded focus only on the immediate illusion. But reality is actually far beyond the things in front of us. We are just living in an illusion that is falsely treated as the only reality. Artists are one of those roles who can awake people's souls and guide them into another reality.


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