Jared Nickerson

"It's definitely become more of a staple of my work: the cute stuff but with an aggressive, almost evil, twist on things," says Jared Nickerson of his often frantic, densely detailed character pieces. "I think it's just turned out that way. I've always liked that mix throughout all forms of arts, like my birds that aren't always happy, mushroom characters with weapons, or milk cartons with vampire fangs - random stuff, really."

The 27-year-old Canadian illustrator is now ensconced in Seattle. Working entirely with vectors, Nickerson's synonymous with a clean, crisp character style mixing pop culture references with a darker, more surreal tone, la Robert Crumb.

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