Analysis: Artist Mattias Adolffson


Mattias Adolffson is a freelance artist who resides near Stockholm, Sweden.  He has done many commissioned works for The New York Times, Italian Wired, Tank Magazine, the band Dance Gavin Dance, among many other notable companies.  His work typically consists of very complex machinery, or busy city-scapes, with a plethora of personified animal characters scattered throughout his pieces.  He has a doped a very complex, cartoon style and it is riveting to see the amount of detail that are squeezed into his drawings.

His work can be best described as a marriage between simplicity and complexity.  His work has a cartoon style as opposed to realism.  He makes use of very thin-weighted organic lines.  This gives all of his various characters life and makes the characters seem like they are actually doing things.  His work has a very consistent style and is very recognizable.  Most of his characters have a very similar look but have specific elements that makes each one of them unique.  He has reoccurring themes through many of his drawings most of which having to do with intricate machinery.  His color palate generally utilizes very desaturated colors which further adds to the artists stylization.  His work is normally very balanced with exquisite detail thrown into every square inch of the canvas.  One could look for hours at his work and continue to find new details throughout the piece.

This artist is a big inspiration for me and his work continues to drop my jaw upon looking at his work.  I will forever strive to adopt a uniform style and an artistic identity such as his.  His greatest quality is his ability to make everything look uniform and consistent with his style.  I recommend you check out this artists work, I’m sure it will intrigue you for quite some time.


About JamesWrobel

I'm a junior at Alfred State College majoring in Digital Media and Animation. I specialize in digital art and photography rather than drawing and painting. It's a work in progress and I'm working hard to achieve my dreams.
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