Marvel at the heartfelt animation “Beyond Years”

This is a project by Freddy Arenas in collaboration with the New York Times to animate an article called “In a Small Bag, She Packed All Our Hopes” by Tim McEown. The animation retells the love story of Tim and his wife, Sarah, in a surprisingly refreshing and genuine way.

Instead of narrating the story with literal images, Freddy has made use of rhetorical figures like metaphors, exaggeration, metonymy and the like to create parallel narratives. The narrator tells the first perspective of the story, the graphic and motion tell the second perspective, and these two are inherently connected. Once the two perspectives click, a beautiful, poetic and abstract piece of art like “Modern Love | Beyond Years” comes to life.

The success of the film is largely due to Freddy’s rhetorical figures, which are reinforced by a minimal choice of colours and shapes in the illustrations to let the narratives shine through. It’s hard to believe that this was the first time Freddy did this kind of format, and he can’t wait to work on the next one.

“Creating this project was both exciting and exhausting since I did it all by myself, and it was definitely a huge learning experience… This project had a couple of constraints that pushed me into looking for techniques that would be very time-effective, it was interesting to find the technique that would be best for each shot and then match the style throughout the film.” – Freddy Arenas

This blog was first published on Kuvva blog.

Marvel at the heartfelt animation “Beyond Years”

Meet the colourful and dreamy world of Vonik

This week we’re super happy to fill your background with sweet and colourful artwork by our talented illustrator Vonik. Her inspiration comes from the natural world where organic lines flourish and everything flows. Apart from the loose contours, Vonik’s work features much attention to detail, humour, easter eggs, textures and carefully devised colour schemes.

Hi, please tell us a bit about yourself : )

Hi! My name is Esther. I work under the name Vonik, which kind of stuck after some years of teenage graffiti adventures. I grew up in a small village next to Amsterdam and after some detours via Barcelona and Rotterdam, I ended up living and working in Amsterdam itself. When not working I enjoy strolling around the city, pretending to be a 5-star chef in my tiny kitchen and having late night beer-fueled conversations with friends and random strangers on their way to becoming friends.

How did you get into the illustration industry?

If I look way way back, I think I just have to go with the most cliché answer possible: I’ve loved drawing as long as I can remember. It helped that my grandma literally decorated her whole house with all the paintings my granddad made, and that my father is quite a creative himself. So after a childhood full of drawing and painting, going to art school was sort of the only option that came to my mind. There I was introduced to the digital aspect of illustrating and also what hard work really meant. That still helps me.

Could you share some tips with our readers to find and develop one’s illustration style?

What helps me a lot is taking a good look at who I really am. Well that sounds a bit to vague and semi-philosophical. Maybe an example works better:

When I was a teenager, I looked up to the more rough/darker styles: wild graffiti letters, dragon-/skull-/knife-/you name it-tattoos, gory album covers of metal bands, etc. I wanted to draw that stuff so bad, but no matter how hard I tried my drawings always ended up a bit too cute.

So in the end I had quite a helpful moment of realisation, when I admitted to myself that I wasn’t the badass I thought I was, and from then on I could start appreciating the illustration nerd in me who just loves soft colours, wiggly lines, flowers and happy people.

How do you think being featured on Kuvva platform will help you?

First of all it’s a great platform to get your work out to the public, and that makes me want to make each new illustration better because a lot of people are going to see it. And a second reason, being featured between all these really good illustrators also just helps me get inspired and eager to make more work.

Great! Do you have any future projects in mind?

There are some small projects going on: logos, a mural and a fridge painting. The bigger project I’m working on is writing (with help) and illustrating a picture book for kids, which I hope to get published somewhere in the future.

Thanks Esther and wish you all the best!

Scroll down to see the amazing artwork Esther has for sale on Kuvva!

“Hola Hola”



“5 Senses”

“Time Flies”

“Thank God I’m Lost”

“Urban Hunting”

“Thank God I’m Lost 2”

“Work Hard Play Harder”

This blog was first published on Kuvva blog.

Meet the colourful and dreamy world of Vonik

Hero Complex Gallery

Hero Complex Gallery (HCG) is the kind of gallery that can fill you with great joy as well as pure nostalgia. Its collection is diverse with wonderful artwork inspired by contemporary art and movies.

Whether you’re an artist, a collector or a fan of Spielberg, Cameron, Jackson and Nolan’s movies, or better all three, you’ll sure feel at home at HCG. The gallery itself is indeed meant to be such place – a fun, creative and collaborative platform for talented artists to participate and enthusiastic fans to marvel at splendid work. The participants vary from established to emerging artists. One of the most popular series emerged from this platform is ‘Superheroes – Past/Present’ by Khoa Ho.

HCG’s monthly exhibition is based in Los Angeles with other additional pop-up shows located in major cities in the US. Besides, HCG has a critical component of giving back to the community by donating a portion of their benefit to multiple charities: Motion Picture Television FundCollege Access PlanHollywood TheatreOklahoma City Community FoundationPhilippine Red Cross.

Scroll down to see some of our favourites from previous and current shows at HCG, then visit their site to grab your own favourites!

“Let The Yeti Win” by Augie Pagan

“Third Act” by Ben Thomas

“Travis” by Bruce Yan

“We’ll Meet Again” by Fernando Reza

“Jen Yu Crouching Tiger” by Craig Drake

“The Queen” blue variant by Peter Gutierrez

“One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest” by Chris Brake

“The Cosmonaut” by Adam Chung

“A-Team Vandura” by Beery

“Morphenomenal!” by Craig Church

“K.I.T.T” by Steve Thomas

“Saturday Morning In Front Of La Salle De Justice” by Rey Taira

“Imaginative Summer” by Andrew Kolb

“Redrum” by Tim Jordan

“For Honor!” by Rogie King

“Sting The Orc Blade” by Mark Lone

“Jaws” by David Moscati

“The Army Of The 12 Monkeys Factor” by Timothy Anderson

“Archeology Is Our Religion” by Nicole Gustafsson

“NCC-1701” by Meghan Stratman

“The Overlook Hotel” by Matthew Rabalais

“Reaching The Wall” by Gary Laib

“Face To Face” by Jason Cryer

“The Works Of Joe Dante” by Florey

“Dredd” by Bruce Yan

“Where It All Began” by Marie Bergeron

“Se7en” by Mat Weller

“O. Little” by Oliver Barrett

“Farm Fresh” by Pam Wishbow

“Cultural Impact – St Pauls” by Raid71

“Do, Or Do Not, There Is No Try” by Middle Boop

“Ack!” by Kyle Wilkinson

“I Am The Bat Man” by Matt Ferguson

“The Dark Lord” by Marko Manev

“Checkmate: Fellowship Of The Ring” by Patrick Connan

This blog was first published on Kuvva blog.

Hero Complex Gallery

Meet the obscure fantasy by Celina de Guzman

This week we’re excited to feature a gorgeous set of conceptual illustrations by Celina de Guzman. Her work is characterised by themes such as love, loss and longing conveyed in pastel colours and poignant visuals. With inspiration from Egon Schiele, Yoshitomo Nara, long commutes and personal stories, Celina draws up her deep and haunting world in silence, soft strokes, fine lines, and cups of coffee.

Hi Celina, please tell us a bit about yourself.

Hi, my name is Celina de Guzman. I’m an illustrator (and sometimes designer) residing in Manila, Philippines. Lady-baker extraordinaire by day, illustratess by night, and a fulltime mother of a hedgie named Henri.

How did you get into the illustration industry at first?

I took up Visual Communications for my bachelor’s degree in college– I’ve always enjoyed arts, I felt (and constantly feel) that I was built to create. My earlier years were spent on branding and design work with friends, though I left a year later to focus my time and energy on illustration.

Mainly what set me off was the fact that I didn’t want to waste the “spark” of (artistic) potential within me. As cliche as it sounds, life is too short for regrets and crappy choices. I’m no supernova– I’m light-years from being one, but I strongly believe I’m meant for a creative route.

Could you share some tips with our readers to overcome creative blocks?

The best advice I could give is to keep your mind busy whether it’s illustration-related or not. Blocks can end whenever and wherever. There’s a need to stay alert and be on standby for jolts of inspiration. Focus on turning your potential energy into kinetic energy – read poetry, travel, have your heart broken, share cups of coffee with like-minded individuals. I believe in sulking and mourning the loss of productivity, but I feel time is better spent being dynamic. Based on my personal experience, forcing work during illustrative inactivity leads to cold and disingenuous pieces. So I bake cookies when I can’t illustrate.

How do you think being featured on Kuvva platform will help you?

Apart from giving me a platform to share my work, Kuvva has visually introduced me to other like-minded individuals. In a way, being part of Kuvva’s pool of creatives has been indirectly educational – the experience encourages me to explore different mediums,  experiment on various aesthetics, and play around with methods of execution.

It’s one thing to share your work to a community, and it’s another to live and breath in it.

Do you have any future project in mind?

A couple, actually, some of them being too ambitious, others feasible yet time-consuming. I’ve been wanting to create some sort of personal and/or collaborative zine, though I feel my written emotions wouldn’t do justice to my ideals and visions : ) Another would be embroidery, or doll-making – anything related to textiles, anything a bit more interactive and three dimensional.

I’m doing my best to break away from my comfort zones.

Thanks Celina!

Scroll down to see the entire set of illustration Celina has for Kuvva app this week!


“These Were Our Dialogs Of Sweet Surrender”

“Theories On Longing”

“There’s A Feeling In My-Chest That Wants To Glide Like Leaves, And Set Like Fires”


“We Left The Kitchen Cold”

“We’re Cuter Than Your Boyfriends 2”

“We’re Cuter Than Your Boyfriends 1”

“There’s A Feeling In My-Chest That Wants To Glide Like Leaves, And Set Like Fires 2”


“Learning Comes In Layers”

“Aggressiveness Expressiveness”

“Aggressiveness Expressiveness 2”

“Melancholia, What’s Your Rhythm?”

“Found Souls; Open Island”

“Pisces, Baby”

“Fishcakes And Remedies”

This blog was first published on Kuvva blog.

Meet the obscure fantasy by Celina de Guzman

“Playing Arts” – an exquisite deck of cards

54 artists from all around the world have joined hands and each designed a card for a new poker deck. This project called ‘Playing Arts’ was started by online magazine Digital Abstracts last year. The special thing about the ‘Playing Arts’ deck is that every single card has its own unique design that bears the style of some of the most talented contemporary artists/designers/illustrators like Ruben Ireland, Peter Olschinsky, Musketon, Tobias Van Schneider, Sara Blake and Mattias Adolfsson. What you hold in your hand is not only a deck of 54 papers in card shape, but also 54 original layouts and signature characters.

Digital Abstracts ran a similar project one year earlier called ‘Creative Cards deck’, which was a sensational success and quickly sold out. For ‘Playing Arts’, Digital Abstracts started a Kickstarter campaign that raised more than 6 times the amount they originally pledged. There is no doubt that there is a huge interest out there for artistic poker cards, especially among design blogs, magazines and communities such as Behance, The Globe’s Finest Treasures, Esquire and Yorokobu.

Vlad Korzin, the project coordinator told Poker Discovery“We had an idea to make a collaboration project for talented illustrators, artists and designers because it was a good way to show their differences – in style and technique- and unity – the passion for art – at the same time […] Playing cards have a long history and they have been changing their appearance in response to changes in society. I guess you can find them almost in every home around the globe and we wanted to make the deck which could reflect the present time and some trends in contemporary art.”

Sara Blake, an invited artist told Digital Arts“When you’re a freelance illustrator, collaboration and group projects are so key to staying inspired and driven […] They give you the support of a group of friends in the same field,and expose you to different styles and ways of working. It’s especially nice to then have a physical object to show for it too – really nice cards to hold in your hand.”

Scroll down to marvel at all the card designs with the artists’ names! Don’t forget that you can still buy this splendid deck here.

Tang Yau Hoong


Peter Tarka

Mattias Adolfsson

Fernando Chamarelli

Carne Griffiths

Mercedes deBellard

Teagan White


Peter Olchinsky

Ruben Ireland

Serial Cut

Valerie Ann Chua

Fab Ciraolo



Tobias van Schneider


Javier Medellin Puyou

Fernando Volken Togni

Krzysztof CHKN Nowak

Matt W. Moore

Felix LaFlamme


El Grand Chamaco

Jthree Concepts

Raul Urias

Gary Fernandez

Chuck Anderson


Carlos Lerma

Anton Repponen


Lei Melendres


Bicicleta Sem Freio



Steve Simpson

Seb Niark1

Ise Ananphada


Conrad Roset

David Mack

James White


ZSO (Sara Blake)

Yulia Brodskaya

Andreas Preis

Jordan Debney

Mr. Kone

Iain Macarthur

Mike Friedrich

Evgeny Kiselev

Joshua Davis

This blog was first published on Kuvva blog.

“Playing Arts” – an exquisite deck of cards