Portland-based illustrator Clark Jackson's friendly, yet gruesome cartoon illustrations exorcise some art demons from mid-century EC Comics to old Robert Crumb and 90s horror imagery. amadeus talks with Jackson about his first CD with a "Parental Advisory" sticker on it, watching Gremlins and Beetlejuice as a kid, and what he loves about having his worked printed on everything from a vinyl record to a t-shirt.
Kansas City is a special place, decorated with a particularly high crime rate, crumbling buildings, deciduous trees and outlandish inclement weather, leaving residents forever ever-so-slightly distressed.
Most often, What you see is what you get is an unnerving concept; unless it’s in reference to artist Dominic Kesterton, in which case, it’s a delightful surprise. Bold and fervent, Kesterton manifests in each of his illustrations and publications as the unfiltered creator, offering himself and his craft in even unison.
Rachel Merrill works mostly the old-fashioned way, wrestling valiantly with watercolor and pencil. She works across illustration, comics and fashion and her signature style is heavy on effervescent tones and devoid of extraneous detail, making for works that straddle a magical line between rigorous and wistful.