Eric Petersen's surreal illustrations take their cues from video games

Date
3 September 2015

California-based illustrator Eric Petersen has a very stylised approach to his work and is influenced by instructional graphics and video games. This flatness and uniformity is seen throughout his pupil-less characters as they seemingly wander Eric’s digital-looking worlds shrouded in iridescent skies.

His images feel unnerving, as though we’re looking in on a virtual reality game and someone from above is manipulating these characters into odd pyramid-like formations or squeezing them into beige doorways. The texture in Eric’s surreal illustrations adds some edge and keeps them from looking too pristine. The uncertain limbo Eric has depicted has gained the attention of some big names with commissions from The Guardian, The New York Times Sunday Review and BuzzFeed News.

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Eric Petersen: Look at the Results

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Eric Petersen: Two families

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Eric Petersen: Getting things done

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Eric Petersen: Especially impressed

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Eric Petersen: Obiously

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Eric Petersen: We cause accidents

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Eric Petersen: The wild

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Rebecca Fulleylove

Rebecca became staff writer at It’s Nice That in March 2016 before leaving the company at the end of 2017. Before joining the company full time she worked with us on a freelance basis many times, as well as stints at Macmillan Publishers, D&AD, Dazed and frieze.

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