MACED BY GOBLINS

With influences ranging from early board games to old school metal album covers, California-based visual artist Josh Freydkis conjures up images from a vivid and sinister fantasy world with a magic touch of playfulness and nostalgia.

SENSUAL WORLD

The soft, rounded illustrations of Serbian graphic designer Pavle Ćirić give the impression of fragile glass ornaments with a sheen of a soap-bubble-like iridescence. Two of the ones presented in the article were custom-made for the NEO-MEDIEVALISM theme.

RHIZOMES OF THOUGHTS

“[My sword] would be very beautiful but harmless because I hate violence.” French illustrator and handpoke tattoo artist Marie Besse lays before us her linear, spiky and prodding visions resembling prickly vines and sparkly fata morganas.

ST VITUS‘ DANCE OF COLOURS

In an exclusive SWARM Mag interview, illustrator Julia Sayapina talks dream logic, the cultural significance of sharing tales in Russia, and introduces us to her series of graphic works dedicated to the female image in cinema and songwriting.

FRIENDLY HELLFIRES

“Maybe it's the need for mystery and spirituality or maybe it just looks good.” Jakub Hrdlička, working under the artistic pseudonym of Hrzla, shares in an exclusive interview for SWARM Mag his creative processes, inspirations, and the outlook on the recent gradual resurrection of medieval themes in art.

MEET THE NEW NEIGHBOURS

“I prefer an imperfect but lively drawing.” Belgian native Mathieu Van Assche is adding more (perhaps mythical and ritualistic) layers of meaning to already loaded historical photographs and old masters' paintings.

GRADIENT GALORE

When looking at Marijpol's world, we get the distinct feeling of encountering a mythical folklore monster born out of superstition and hearsay. Her digital illustrations of various chimeras and (human?) beings are rife with patterning and repeated structures almost to the point of a moiré effect.

BUSY WITH ESCAPISM

“It is a fact that I would not have been an artist without the death of my brother. I lost my whole frame of reference, part of me still remembers that time.” Belgian artist Laurent Impeduglia creates painstakingly crowded, slightly disturbing, colourful and seemingly random scenes in which the viewer can get lost for hours on end.

WHAT THE FREAK IS GOING ON

While being often likened to Charles Burns, Tomáš Motal's one-of-a-kind personality, distinctive underdog humour and outcast characters never fail to make his black and white illustrations and comic books stand out on their own. Welcome to the creepy vortex.

GRIESLY ILLUMINATIONS

French illustrator Louisa Vahdat kindly gave us a tour of her royal-blue and verdant-green dominated fantasy landscapes with oftentimes unsettling occurrences in an exclusive interview.

RUN FOR THE SAKE OF RUNNING

While introducing two series of playful and cheery illustrations by Katarina Kratochvílová, a versatile artist living in Prague, the Czech Republic, we're slowly ushering in our upcoming theme for 2021.
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