Ei Kaneko

With a mixed media approach being prevalent within design and illustration at the moment, you could be forgiven for thinking on first inspection that Photoshop played a role in Tokyo artist Ei Kaneko's work. It's clear that the majority of the work is hand drawn but what's interesting is how we automatically assume that computer software played a role in it's creation, when in fact all the work is assembled solely by hand. With a number of artists and illustrators creating work along a similar vein but utilising Photoshop in the process it's often difficult to tell where the hand-drawn ends and the software begins.

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What's more important than discussing the process however is the impact that the work has and it can't be denied that Ei Kaneko's work has impact. With a dark and slightly surrealist aesthetic, Keneko's work is at once striking and also a little disconcerting. With limbs and facial features cut out and re-assembled and an abundant, even severe use of negative space, Kaneko's work certainly leaves a lasting impression on the viewer.

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While his site is more than a little confusing and only contains a limited body of work at the moment, Ei Kaneko is undoubtedly a talent worth keeping your eye on.

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http://eikaneko.biz/index.html

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