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Issue 11 Autumn 2018


‘ONLY LOVE’ Hand Lettering by Sydness Glenn (PG.22)

Thank You!

CREATOR: Alex Lucas INSTAGRAM @ohtheraven

Thank you to everyone who has followed and supported this little magazine. It means the world! Also, thank you for sticking with us through our long hiatus. - Alex

WRITER: Amanda Wright INSTAGRAM @lets_talk_books @am_wright












Joana JoanaBroß Broß TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF AND WHAT YOU DO. Hi! My name is Joana Broß and I’m 27 years old. I was born and raised in a small-ish city in the very west of Germany. I’m a full time media and graphic designer for print products. In my free time I’m very focused on art and drawing, I love to surround myself with pretty things. I currently live with my boyfriend and tons of houseplants as well as several fish tanks full of dwarf shrimps. HOW DID YOU BECOME INTERESTED IN GRAPHIC DESIGN AND ILLUSTRATION? I’ve actually been drawing since I was really little. It’s always fascinated me and thankfully my parents and various art teachers have always supported my interests in art and trying out all kinds of mediums. Early 90s/2000s cartoons and animes had a huge impact on my childhood and youth and also influenced my early drawings. My interest in graphic design started a little later and actually has its roots in early html/css coding, back when the first personal blogs on platforms like Wordpress came up. I used to be really into designing and “coding” layouts for me and others and it all started from there. The decision to pursue it as part of my career took a while though, I was about 22 and had already been going to Uni for some time for English studies and sociology when I decided to drop out and start over as a trainee for graphic and media design. DO YOU FIND YOUR KNOWLEDGE OF GRAPHIC DESIGN HAS HELPED YOU WITH YOUR ILLUSTRATION AND ILLUSTRATION PROCESS? Partly, yes. During my time as a trainee I was taught to scribble a lot, instead of going straight to sketching or trying to force an idea to work immediately. All in all I view graphic design and illustration as two different things though. I’d say graphic design follows stricter rules and has many rational aspects, nothing is random or arbitrary, everything can be explained depending on the target group or purpose of a logo for example. Illustration and art, to me, is far more intuitive and emotional. There are certain guidelines, yes, but there are also so many rules made to break and bend and play with!

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WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF THE ILLUSTRATION PROCESS? (THE THUMBNAILING, THE SKETCHES, THE OUTLINING, ECT…) Definitely sketching! Especially with my good old mechanical pencil. Although I’d say that I prefer working digitally, sketching and thumbnailing is something that still feels best with a pencil and paper. YOU DO A MIX OF TRADITIONAL AND DIGITAL WORK. DO YOU PREFER ONE MORE THAN THE OTHER OR DO YOU ENJOY BOTH EQUALLY? Currently I prefer digital art. I recently started using an iPad to draw and it’s a new experience I still have to get used to. What I still really enjoy is starting out with a traditional (pencil) sketch and then transferring it to a digital canvas and going from there. I love the possibilities digital art has to offer and how easily you can adjust things while and after drawing. Traditional media absolutely has its advantages though and I adore the unique charm of watercolor and gouache art! WHEN WORKING TRADITIONALLY WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE TOOLS TO USE? Simple (mechanical) pencils for sketching (even for outlines sometimes) and watercolor in combination with colored pencils, especially Polychromos. WHERE DO YOU FIND YOUR INSPIRATION? All over the internet! The weirdest, most unlikely things can be an inspiration. (Fashion) magazines can help too, nature, flowers, even colors and color schemes. DO YOU HAVE A GO-TO COLOR SCHEME WHEN WORKING OR DO YOU ALWAYS VARY WHAT COLORS YOU USE? IF YOU HAVE A GOTO COLOR SCHEME, WHAT COLORS DO YOU USUALLY OR PREFER TO USE? I try to vary the color schemes I use. Color is still kind of a difficult topic for me and sometimes I have a hard time understanding the physics behind it. I used to prefer more monochromatic or “matte” color schemes to emphasize shape and value, but there are so many possibilities and effects you can achieve by using the right colors and contrasts, I want to eventually master color and interesting schemes and palettes. If I had to choose I’d definitely pick a color scheme with a vibrant highlight color like hot pink or yellow. I really love peach tones and dusty pinks too. But all that depends on the drawing and the mood.



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CAMILLA ROEDER CAMILLA ROEDER is a German illustrator based in Berlin. Since the beginning of 2018 she has been focusing on working in graphite with varying subjects all focused on merging ephemeral storytelling with decorative art. She uses the limitations of a square to express intimate hopes and fears hidden away with symbolism and vegetation. Find more of Camilla’s work:

IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE can be seen as the counterpiece to BLUE [on the next page]. Love is personated by a gentle buttery that might land onto your hand if you just close your eyes and let things be.

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BLUE is based on a quote by C.S. Lewis “There is no safe investment. / To love at all is to be vulnerable.“ It is partly a self portrait about how I can be hesitant to let things go even if they are already drifting apart.


SURRENDER is part of a group release on instagram for a new hashtag community named “Sons Of Camilla“. This hashtag came into life after the realization that there is an oversaturation of artworks with girls in it and that it is hard to find artists who focus more on the male muse. Sons is meant as a place to celebrate male beauty and find new friends. 12 artists and I plan to host themes and regularly feature new artists on our accounts. My contribution for the release is an homage to Hamlet’s Ophelia and an interpretation of my own struggle to surrender to life sometimes. AUTUMN 2018 | 19




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CAN YOU TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF? My name is Sydnee Glenn and I’m a 26-yearold hand lettering artist and graphic designer. During my current 40-hour week, I work with digital media advertising and branding, for one of the largest publishing companies in the U.S. The first time I picked up a pencil, I was a 3-year-old in Kindergarten, seeing a girl drawing letters and low-key copied them when she wasn’t looking my way. Going from then into high school, then flash-forwarding into higher education where my eyes caught a handlettered poster.. and that changed my world. It’ll be 8 years in August since I’ve started this journey into lettering. Over the years I’ve picked up different styles of lettering from traditional, faux calligraphy, and now utilizing my iPad Pro with Procreate. My focus is to create the things I want to see in the world, creating passion projects for my lettering based on my interests as opposed to trends. Sparking my “One Word A Day” project, in the beginning, helped to structure and refine my skill set as well as produce consistent work (both are essential to my path!) In addition to my year’s ride, I also have participated in Inktober, which I chose to hand letter all 31 days in October – to help boost my productivity and flex that creative muscle. My current project is creating a Lettering Oracle Deck which will include hand-lettered

phrases I’ve hear from my friends and family. Remembering and honoring the people in my life by taking in their wisdom is the greatest inspiration for my hand lettering, as well as providing the boost I need to pursue this craft. YOU MENTIONED THAT YOU WORK IN DIGITAL MEDIA ADVERTISING AND BRANDING. CAN YOU TELL US A LITTLE BIT MORE IN DETAIL WHAT YOU DO? I’ve been working at the company for 3 years as of this September. I started out in the Print Department creating advertisements in an ad production environment. Within ad production one receives various types of ads from newspapers or magazines and multiple sized ads that can be static or animated. The demographic constantly changes because the company works with representatives from multiple states. In this role, I could work on auto, real estate or grocery ads and create them using Adobe InDesign. I stayed at this position for over a year and learned the process of creating an ad, while also working with a team of other graphic artists to meet required turn times and to utilize the branding of each client. After some time, there was an opening in the Digital Department and I jumped at the opportunity to gain more experience. I started working in the Digital Department at the beginning of 2017 and I’m still in it now. I produce a lot of animated and rich media ads during my day and work with a team full of digital designers.

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DO YOU FIND YOURSELF BRINGING YOUR PASSION FOR LETTERING INTO THE PROJECTS YOU WORK ON? Yes. I’ve made it very known that I’m a lettering artist both online and to friends and family. I think incorporating my lettering into someone’s branding or even wedding invitations gives me more of an understanding of my own process and style. Currently, I’m working on branding a start-up film company and creating a logo and business cards for a psychic medium. Both are dear friends of mine that have always had confidence in me and my work so I’m happy to be apart of their journey as business women. In the past, I’ve tried to always stay open to different opportunities because I’ve learned various forms of lettering. Each project I work on is experience for the next, along with understanding what materials work with what surfaces. In the future, I’d like to open a shop and do custom chalkboard signs and get into sign painting. There’s a ton of ways to letter and I feel confident in my abilities of being able to do them all. WHO AND WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO LETTER AND DESIGN? OR WHERE DO YOU FIND INSPIRATION? My biggest inspiration for lettering started my freshman year of college at the Art Institute of Indianapolis. I had seen a hand-lettered poster in one of the hallways leading to one my my design classes and I couldn’t help but stare. I didn’t call it lettering and I didn’t know how it could be created until I messed up in my typography class when working on a font project. My assignment was to create a font style using similar pieces to make the font consistent. I was so excited to do this that I forgot to make the font consistent and started drawing individual letters. I stayed up two nights using the pen tool in Adobe Illustrator to make every letter. When I turned the project in, my professor told me the mistakes that I’d made and gave me a B+. I was pretty disappointed in myself but he sat down and gave me pointers on how to make it better and told me about hand-lettering. I started finding letterers online, such as Lauren Hom and Sean Wes, and honestly haven’t stopped lettering since. The funny thing is, at my first job working as a temporary designer for Yellow Pages, I became friends with the woman who created that poster. I owe her and my Professor for taking the time to encourage me and my lettering styles. As for design, I was mostly inspired during college


but I’ve always been interested in retro designs, such as anything from the nineties or minimalism. Just like with lettering, I still fall in love with how something was created versus the end result. I really believe that the process is key to understanding any form of art. YOU DO A LOT OF PERSONAL PROJECTS, ONE WORD A DAY, INKTOBER, AND YOUR CURRENT ONE LETTERING ORACLE DECK. WHAT MADE YOU DECIDE TO START THESE PROJECTS? I started One Word A Day by using nifty notepads from Target and a new set of calligraphy pens. I decided to letter a word a day to practice how to create brush lettering. For Inktober, I was inspired to do this challenge by the team of designers I work with at my job. Plus, I have a big love for Halloween which meant I could incorporate spooky hand-lettering into my portfolio. My dream is for my lettering to get picked up by department stores and for them to be used for this spooky season.

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I came up with the Lettering Oracle Deck this past year while hanging out with some witchy friends. I told them how I wished the tarot and oracle decks could be lettered and they asked me why I couldn’t just make my own. The initial idea made sense but at that time I didn’t think it was possible until I started writing down what I would want to be featured in the oracle deck. I figured I should put something of myself into it so I thought of quotes from my parents, family members, and friends. I can literally hear myself saying these phrases and I use them in whatever situation they’re called for. For example, my dad used to say, “MONEY DOESN’T GROW ON TREES” when I started producing art in high school. I would get reasonable offers and he would always try to make me realize that my work was worth more (one can’t make money from thin air and even if you do get paid for something that it won’t always be enough for your bills and other responsibilities). Overall, it was an eye opener for me. Telling a story with these words, I feel that people will be able to relate to what he’s said and to what I’m saying. Using it in an oracle makes it easier too because it doesn’t have a set structure like tarot cards. I feel this project is helping me produce more of my own lettering and helping me engage with other people through my social media and website. WHAT WERE SOME OF THE CHALLENGES YOU FACED WHEN DOING THESE PROJECTS? WHAT IMPROVEMENTS HAVE YOU SEEN IN YOUR WORK AND WORK ETHIC BECAUSE OF THEM?

Another challenge is not getting discouraged. As I’ve said, I’ve had passion projects in the past that didn’t work out like my society6 shop, for example. When I started my job, I was working on advertisements so much that I hardly had time to do something for myself. I started looking at websites that would make merchandise and deliver your work for you. When I found society6, I found another outlet for my creativity and I thought it was going to be great because people would want to see my artwork and buy it on anything ranging from a pouch to a tote bag. What I didn’t learn and understand was how much promoting I would have to do in order to have people purchase these projects. There were a lot of times I’d have a friend or two buy something but I definitely wasn’t getting anywhere in sales and it seemed not as many were interested. It was disheartening to say the least and it took me months to get back into working on projects that I wanted to be seen in the world. As an artist, designer, and letterer, I feel like it’s easy to fall into that mindset of “OH I CAN GET THIS DONE PRETTY FAST,” or “OH THIS WON’T TAKE LONG” but that can easily trap you into not getting something done or just forgetting why you wanted to create it in the first place. You just have to push through and if the piece you’re creating is not what you want, then at least you’ve finished it and can move onto something better.

Two challenges I’ve faced when creating these projects are sticking to a deadline and not getting discouraged. Often times, I’ve come up with projects and they haven’t worked out or the initial idea was great but the execution wasn’t good. Sometimes the problem can be not having the right hashtags or just pushing the idea to a platform that isn’t interested in the piece that I’ve created. Making a deadline I feel is important because it’s really easy to put something on the back burner and utilizing a deadline also makes me work faster. Sometimes I create my best work during a rough draft or when I’m just using my ipad to doodle. A deadline is efficient when working with a client so they have an idea of when the project will be done or when it can be finished. While working a 9-to-5 job, I can work on my projects during my lunch but sometimes I want to work on something for myself so it may have to be pushed to a day where I’m not working overtime. Ultimately, it’s just good to set a time to have something done so that you don’t lose interest or even forget the reasons why the project was created in the first place.

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DO YOU RECOMMEND DOING PERSONAL PROJECTS; SUCH AS DRAWING EVERYDAY FOR A MONTH, ECT? WHAT WORDS OF ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE SOMEONE BEFORE THEY START? My advice to other creatives would be to put yourself out there in whatever community you want to be apart of. Seriously, follow your dreams because anything is possible these days. I’ve been posting so much on social media that Goodtype is following me and they’ve even commented on one of my pieces. I’ve also been featured in their newsletter twice in the last 5 months. Everything you do is work towards a goal that is achievable. YOU WON’T GET ANYWHERE IF YOU DON’T AT LEAST TRY. As for passion projects, I think they’re the best way to get your work seen on multiple platforms. You could have an idea that could end up on kickstarter or it could even possibly get you into a new job. Even though you might not get anything from it, you’ve always got more work for your portfolio that’ll still be seen by someone that’s interested in what you have to offer. So to sum it all up, stay encouraged, stay consistent, and push through when things don’t seem possible.

Bonus Questions! WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE WORD OR LETTER TO LETTER? Definitely the letter “S”. It’s my first initial so I’m always inspired to find a new way to letter it. DO YOU NEED NOISE OR SILENCE TO WORK? Noise. I stay focused with noise or conversation. I also need Netflix in the background so I stay aware of my surroundings. COFFEE, TEA OR SOMETHING ELSE? Tea, please!


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“I’m an illustrator based in Melbourne, Australia. I have a background in graphic design, where I refined my skills and knowledge to pursue my true passion of illustration. I often draw inspiration from surfing and the ocean, including these as themes throughout my work. I enjoy working with a lucid and dreamy colour palette. My drawings often tell a story and features a lot of vibrancy and energy. I’ve been illustrating all of my life but have only recently began professionally. I am currently taking on commissions and am preparing for some upcoming mural paintings as well as an exhibition in October.”

HOW DID YOU BECOME INTERESTED IN ILLUSTRATION? Illustration has always been something at heart. It’s a fun and personal activity, and I’m drawn by the creativity and freedom. WHAT IS IT ABOUT BEING IN THE WATER THAT INSPIRES YOU? AND WHAT ARE A FEW OTHER THINGS THAT INSPIRE YOU TO CREATE? All of it really. The feeling of being in the fresh water, the clarity, being immersed in nature, the colours of the sea life, water and sky. I do also find a lot of inspiration from other things too, such as music, movies, tv-shows and of course other illustrators and artists. I usually draw inspiration from my imagination or personal experiences, that’s what inspires me to create. It’s simply something I’m passionate about so I keep drawing.

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Natalia Rex is a brilliant artist from Poland with a penchant for creating beautiful work, like most artists. But the question at the forefront of our minds has always been: How do you create? We took a moment to confer and reflect with Natalia on her process, her inspiration, her passion, and how she began. Every journey starts with an idea. Every idea is thusly sparked by our imagination, something very deep inside that calls us all to action. For Natalia, she found that some of her fondest memories from childhood put her on the path to becoming an artist. She would sit and listen to the radio in her room and create. A simple, yet important step. Her need to focus, to create, has always been important to her from the beginning. “It gave me a chance to have control over something, when during that time I felt I had lost control over certain aspects of my life,” said Natalia. Her journey led her to graphic design and Photoshop, an obsession she welcomed as a new outlet. She said she struggled the most with her direction. What am I doing? A question we often ask ourselves in the dayto-day. Natalia’s answer came to her from her time spent at University, where she explored theatre production photography. It gave her an opportunity to be around a thriving community of artistry, an introspective look at a unique world an audience may never have the chance to see.

It wasn’t until the study of symbology in an art history class that Natalia finally found her answer. Her fascination with meaning fueled her direction. She focused on portrait photography, settling on herself as the subject of her art after a stint of no-shows. She became her own inspiration. “I started to create more unique photos, I started to feel more free.” Freedom is an expression. Natalia focused on more than herself; she focused on her roots, her experiences, imagination and subconscious thoughts. Her latest series draws influence from history, specifically Slavic mythology and symbolism. To guide her, she has been reading and noting her first reactions, feelings, and thoughts. She considers the ‘why’ of her work, so that when she moves her ideas to canvas, she can try to again convey her first impressions. Why did it make her sad? “I want to convey to the audience the ‘why’, so perhaps they can see and feel what I saw and felt while creating.”

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We asked her then, “What next? How do you take an idea and put it on canvas?” Her next step, after an idea has shaped itself clearly in her mind, is to make a list. She writes down what she needs, like the background, trees, and colors. She may additionally create more photos to prepare her collage/photo manipulation. Once her “stage” is set and the pieces have been placed, she takes the photo. “For gear enthusiasts, I shoot with a Canon camera and Canon speedlights,” she remarks. After the photo manipulation, her next steps depend entirely on her chosen medium. If she is working with a decoupage on wooden panels, she prints out the photo and prepares the wood by sanding it. Her next steps are intensive, as they focus on the proper transfer. She applies a layer of decoupage glue to the wood and places the photo face down. After 24 hours, she paints water over the paper, which makes the material softer and easier to wipe away. Once the print has transferred, she repeats the process and finally applies a varnish. 38 | INK & ARROWS MAGAZINE

A canvas print is simpler. If she is working with this medium over a wood panel, she plans the size beforehand to be sure that the print is the best quality possible. We wanted to know more about her creative process, so we asked Natalia where she liked to work. Her answer? When brainstorming, she loves to lounge in her bed with a set of headphones, no doubt rocking out to Californicaton by the Red Hot Chili Peppers; her first-learned guitar solo. When she’s shooting a photo, Natalia likes to place herself in her “very spacious and bright kitchen.” If you’re wondering about her guitar solo, we were pleasantly surprised to find that Natalia enjoyed music as well—playing guitar, reading, and writing her own music. “Music was on in my home almost all the time,” she said, “My parents have great taste in music, so listening to some classic and modern music was always a very nice memory. Perhaps, soon, I’ll get myself a guitar to bring back some of that rock and roll!”

TWO OF NATALIA’S FAVORITE PIECES It has to be a tie between two pieces. The first is “AGAINST THE TIDE” (top) which was an older photo manipulation that I had to re-do to fit the unique piece of wood I got. It turned out better than I expected. I love how the surreal aspects of it just work with the odd shape. The shape of the wood also helps the composition. The next piece has to be “SITTING SLAVIC GIRL” because of the colors, the nostalgic and peaceful feel to it. The peacefulness in it is a reflection of how I was feeling at the time.


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My favourite memory growing up was spending the summers in my family’s cabin in the alps. My grandparents knew a story to every rock and peak in the valley, and between collecting blueberries and mushrooms, and building little fairy houses in the woods, I decided I wanted to be a storyteller too. I ended up studying graphic design instead, but found that illustration was where my heart really lied. Now I want to tell stories with my art, combining what I learned from design and fine art alike. AUTUMN 2018 | 43



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Joanna TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF AND WHAT TYPE OF ART YOU DO. ARE YOU A PROFESSIONAL ARTIST OR A HOBBY ARTIST? My name is Joanna, I’m 25 years old, born and living in Szczecin, Poland. Proud owner of a master degree in mathematics, currently on a quest to get a bachelor degree in computer science. I love everything space related, have a growing collection of music CDs, story driven video games are my favourite and pasta is something I could eat for the rest of my life. I’m a hobby artist, specializing in portraits. WHEN DID YOU BECOME INTERESTED IN ART? I think I can date that back to kindergarten. Of course, it’s not unusual for a small kid to draw, but it stuck with me until today. I kept drawing solely on paper until I got into digital art about 10 years ago. At that time I’ve developed an interest in the Tomb Raider series and started drawing some portraits of Lara using a computer mouse. They weren’t the best, but they were enough that my parents decided to get me my first tablet. YOU DO A LOT OF DIGITAL WORK. DO YOU ALSO WORK TRADITIONALLY OR DO YOU PURELY WORK DIGITALLY? I mostly work digitally, but I do have a sketchbook where I occasionally draw. And while I usually create digital drawings with a ”I want to share this with the world” mindset, doing pencil sketches are more a form of relaxation, as well as improving my skills.

WHAT TOOLS DO YOU USE TO CREATE? Currently I’m using Wacom Intuos Creative tablet and work in Krita. WHERE DO YOU FIND INSPIRATION FOR YOUR WORK? In other people’s art. Sometimes it will be an amazing use of colors, other times the way the lines are drawn so smoothly. I get inspired by various techniques that make me want to try them myself. I also, and that might sound a little vain, take inspiration from my own work! More specifically, I occasionally rummage through my old drawings to see how much I’ve improved. It’s reassuring and inspirational to see your art not being stale and constantly changing and getting better. Media I enjoy are my source of inspiration as well. If something becomes dear to my heart, like a video game, a movie or a music artist, drawing is a way for me to express that love. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING OR PERSON TO DRAW? I think I can say Lara [Croft from Tomb Raider] is still my favourite. Even if I haven’t posted any portraits of her in a while, I still do sketches of her here and there. I also like coming up with original characters, oftentimes with characteristics I find cute or interesting.


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Victoria Burbage VICTORIA BURBAGE is a fine artist born and raised in a little town called Yeovil in Somerset, England. She started drawing as soon as she could hold a pencil and had an interest in portraits and animals. You can see that this interest has carried on in her work today. She obtained a BTEC National Diploma in Art & Design at Yeovil College in 2011. Then going on to achieve the top grade in the Foundation Diploma, with a focus on painting, in 2012. Circumstance made the idea of going to University difficult. But she has continued to pursue her interest in art while working a variety of jobs to support herself, including work in a nursing home and in a call centre. During this time, she has been showcasing her work online and in local galleries. This includes a joint exhibition at the Octagon Theatre, Yeovil in 2015. Victoria’s work focuses on self-expression and experiments with concept. She enjoys dabbling with different medias, tools and colours. Inspirations include nature/animals, and concepts surrounding women and feminism. Now, in 2018, she has decided to take the plunge and pursue her dream of working as a Fine Artist full time.’


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STEPHANIE OPLINGER STEPHANIE OPLINGER is a surrealist painter working primarily in acrylic medium. She enjoys working in the surrealist style, combining the fantastical with the familiar, and sharing narratives and dreamy landscapes from her imagination. Interested in expressing the moment when perceived reality ends and daydreaming begins, she utilizes an enriched palette of bold colors and a strong contrast between light and shadow to portray the filter of the mind’s creative eye.



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