Swedish artist Kilian Eng has a unique visual style and language. The visions created by him inhabit an organic landscape grown of blinking lights, structures of beautiful mechanics. His illustrations have a charming and trippy retro-futurist feel to them. One of his favorite topics is to make alternative movie posters, and they are awesome!
Kilian Eng is a digital artist working under the moniker of DW Design in Stockholm, Sweden. Eng was born 1982 in Stockholm, Sweden. He graduated in 2010 from Konstfack, University of Arts Craft & Design in Stockholm with a bachelor and master in Illustration and storytelling.
Eng explains that in his work he likes to tell stories and subsequently invites people to make up their own stories in response. “Even if an image is shown as a single piece and not part of a series, both I and the viewer need to be able to fantasize about what might happen before and after the exact moment frozen in the picture. This creative engagement helps to give substance to the worlds my pictures depict and lets me create new scenarios.”
Much of Eng’s inspiration is derived from his interest in surrealism, science fiction, theater scenography as well as from architecture and the urban landscape. “I’m very interested in creating environments in my work. I’m fascinated by architecture – ancient, futuristic, fantastic – so I often incorporate buildings or structures. The characters that inhabit the pictures are often set down in these unexpected surroundings.”
The analog, sometimes retro feel of Kilian Eng’s art is deceptive. He works in a completely digital medium and deliberately adds the anachronistic effects via the computer. The precise texture of paper, the range of colors and the careful balances between light and dark are all carefully selected and applied. “I like the digital work process,” says Eng, “and all the possibilities it offers to play with colors and to create more easily.”
His Clients include Armada Skis, Disney, Fortune Magazine, HBO, Heavy Metal, Krewella, Las Vegas Weekly, Marvel, MGM, M83, Milan Records, Miami Horror, Mondo, Red Bull, Sony Playstation, The New York Times, The Gaslamp Killer, Toyota, Waxwork Records, Warner Bros, Wired Italia, Zeit.
If you like what you see, you should look into picking up one or all of Eng’s successful trilogy of books, Object 5: Works by Kilian Eng, Object 10: Works by Kilian Eng, and 2016’s Object 15: Works by Kilian Eng.