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Wildly Stylized Figurative Artworks by Ashley Nitkin

A pencil drawing of a man looking pensiveDepression, watercolor pencil

Ashely Nitkin is a Toronto-based designer, graphic artist and art instructor. Working with a range of media, Ashley creates wildly styled figurative artworks for commercial and personal purposes. The artist’s traditional media include ink, acrylic, and gouache.


A stylized caricature of a woman singingMiss Violet Capri, colored pencil on paper


Ashley has a rather varied style that seems to change quite drastically depending on the nature of the image. For example, in his acrylic paintings the artist tends to go for an aptly painterly aesthetic, with heavy daubs of paint and saturated colors. Meanwhile, in pencil drawings and ink drawings he utilizes a delicate hand and sparing color, with plenty of negative space.


A screen capture of Ashley Nitkin's online portfolio galleryAshley's online gallery of works


I wonder if this sense of variation and experimentation comes from Ashley’s work as an art instructor. He certainly seems to be able to effortlessly switch between styles in an almost demonstrative manner. Each of the different works seems suited for a different application, and I can picture them ranging from murals, to book illustrations. 


An illustration of some figures enjoying a walk through the snowSnow 2, colored pencil on paper

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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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