Welcome to Mad Skills Monday, where we showcase top work from young creatives to bring you some inspiration and beat the post-weekend blues. This week’s feature focuses on Zach Hoskin.
Power Tools: Ink, pen, putty knife, primary colours.
Power Song: HazeBoogie by Mykki Blanco.
Power Snack: Gimme the dark stuff. Chocolate + Coffee.
In his own words: Zach is a freelance illustrator, graphic designer and visual artist, who works in a bunch of different mediums. His go-to tools are India ink and acrylic paint, usually with a dab of digital finish. He knows that converting to a pure digital practice would save a lot of time and paper, but is madly in love with the happy accidents that come from a splatter of ink and an aggressively smeared blob of paint.
The combination of precise and seemingly accidental in each illustration gives Zach’s work an unusual and attractive look. And it’s not always the same way round: there are perfect black lines accented with splashes of colour in some, and careful colouring over rougher marks and sketches in others.
Sometimes, colour is the focus of Zach’s work rather than the finishing touch. And it’s always bright, a real kick in the eyes to get you motivated. The 3D quality of the brushstrokes and thick paint almost adds to the realism, like you want to reach out and say “Excuse me, you have paint all over your face.”
And we do love a cheeky Die Antwoord reference, it has to be said.
Want us to show off your mad skills? We’re always looking for young creatives, students and graduates to showcase for our Monday feature, so send us an email with some samples or a portfolio link with the subject line “Mad Skills Monday” to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll check you out!