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    Chris Pell: The Chieftan’s Children (detail)

Magical mystery tour of Chris Pell's line-drawn fantasy worlds

Posted by Catherine Gaffney,

In 2009, we featured Chris Pell in our Graduate feature, and since then, he has continued to produce very impressive work. Literally drawing on a strong interest in early human civilisation and fantasy worlds, the Brighton graduate creates visually compelling compositions and landscapes filled with all sorts of strange beings and goings-on. There is a sense of the mythological in his work, with beasts, hybrids, and monstrous-looking individuals cropping up time and again – along with allusions to tribal ritual.

Executing his images with a keen use of the line, his work communicates a sense of precision and detail that reminds us of the power of hand-drawn methods – and this, combined with clear-cut influence from traditional Japanese prints and more recent animation, makes for a powerful concoction. Check out his biro drawings – ballpoint pen has never looked so mystical!

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    Chris Pell: biro sketch

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    Chris Pell: biro sketch

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    Chris Pell: The Three Points

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    Chris Pell: The Three Points

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    Chris Pell: The Three Points

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    Chris Pell

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    Chris Pell: Risograph poster design for the night, “Tropics”

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    Chris Pell: The Three Points

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    Chris Pell: The Three Points

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Posted by Catherine Gaffney

Catherine joined us as an editorial intern after studying at Trinity College Dublin and Central Saint Martins. She wrote for the site between June and August 2012.