The great thing about trawling the ‘net to find weird artists is that you’re guaranteed to come up trumps every time! The world of illustration is teeming with strange and fantastic illustrators from all around the globe.
From the crop of illustration courses and art schools, these designers show just what good art design can do to weird you out.
So, it won’t be necessary to search through Tumblr or Pinterest for the near future, as these five strange illustrators will sate your need for the bizarre for many months to come.
With titles like Treasure Fingers, Bitch Boys, Skurk and Nick Catchdubs, Kristen Hammerstad’s work manages to evoke surreal imagery before you’ve even seen it.
The man is a veritable industry of the strange, having sketched his madness for The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Wired and Las Vegas Weekly, among others, and his drawings are a brash mixture of fifties advertising style and vivid comic book imagery.
So, if you’re in the mood to see a villainous skeleton drinking brandy or a flaming woman on a surfboard, head over to Kristian’s blog now.
Los Angeles based James Chong states ominously in his biography, “I think a lot about fires, glitches, control, power, the act of returning and voids.”
With that description in mind, it’s a given that you’re not going to find the cheeriest work on Chong’s site, but this mixture of artwork and illustration combines a strange cartoon landscape with macabre imagery that makes for fascinating viewing.
Showing the dark, angst-ridden, Tim Burton inspired side of artwork on the web, Dholl is an illustrator who draws creepy figures doing frightening things.
With a colour palette that would balk at the idea of light shades and a sensibility influenced by the grimmest horror films, a gander at Dholl’s work should be enough to satisfy those with a hatred for twee in their illustrations.
Another high calibre artist, Alex Lehours has made posters and designs for rock band The Black Keys, Facebook and a host of magazines. His illustrations are densely populated works of madness, and feature a smorgasbord of ideas that come together to create remarkable pieces that are well worth a look.
A digital illustrator from Bologna, Andrea Moresco combines an interesting array of primary colours with out there designs that poke gentle fun at the world of hipsters and political life in Italy. Another illustrator with a surreal bent, Moresco is for the viewer wanting a bit more satire from their art.