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Retro-Futuristic Digital Illustrations by Rik Oostenbroek

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Dutch artist and designer Rik Oostenbroek specializes in retro-futuristic digital illustrations as part of a personal practice and client-based work. Using a deep, almost psychedelic color palette and intricate, flowing lines, Ooostenbroek creates dynamic images that reference both modern aesthetics and past trends.


A set of typography designs by Rik OostenbroekTypography


I like the effect that Oostenbroek gets by using bright colors that work as gradients in the images themselves, transforming from opaque to translucent at different points in the artwork. The colors that the artist uses are reminiscent of neon signs, a look that’s emphasized by the black backgrounds on which the figures appear. The black grounds add a sense of drama and turn each image into a sort of icon, floating free of any in-image context.


I also enjoy seeing how Oostenbroek’s very distinctive style translates into different design challenges. In some personal works, his lines are very flowing and gestural. In examples of typography on the artist’s website, the intense movement of the lines is tethered to hard, blocky letter forms, creating a very striking sense of contrast and tension in each word. 


A digital illustration of a classic Gameboy by Rik OostenbroekNext Level

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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