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Matthew Laznicka

Matthew Laznicka - International retro illustrator. USA

Black Earth, USA
With robots, rockets and insect invasions, the retro futurism of classic mid-century illustration looms large in the work of Matthew Laznicka, the Wisconsin artist who is in his element creating B-movie and pulp-inspired artworks. For projects with a sense of adventure and a touch of the unknown, he’s the ideal illustrator to work with.
One of Matthew Laznicka’s all-time favourite commissions was to create box artwork for an Eidos game. The company wanted a 1960s-style cover with giant invading insects. But his life and interests are as far from the chaos of insect invasions as can be. He loves fishing, camping and the great outdoors. Movies have always been an influence, Norman Rockwell is a big inspiration, and Matthew still loves old Popular Mechanics covers. He has a degree in Commercial Illustration from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design.

Approach

Each image Matthew creates begins with a sketch that is scanned in and manipulated in Photoshop. Building up overlapping layers of colour that blend together, the final outcome has a very painterly feel despite its digital origins.

Style

Inspired by classic illustration from the 1940s through to the 70s, Matthew captures the essence of various styles from that era giving them a contemporary edge. Graphic, comic book or painterly, his images are daring and different.

Client list

Matthew’s clients include GQ, Capital Records, Springer, Mercedes-Benz, Visa, Volvo, Popular Mechanics and more.
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Illustration of a family in fifties
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Illustration of snow skating
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Portrait of a man for a Flying Magazine
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Illustration of fishes
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Illustration for Speakeasy poster
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Illustration of binaclers
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Kahlua Coffee Liquor
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Retro style illustration of a lady
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The Russian Retro Poster
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Illustration of rockwell spoof
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Graphic design of a rocket
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Fat Cat Chicago Poster
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UFO Vistors retro poster
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The New Yorker Retro poster
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Stinky feet in a restaurant
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Illustration of Lowgrounds film poster
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The Behold Fountain of Youth cover art
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Locker room bling
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Illustration of navion plane
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Black and white line art
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Cover illustration OC Weekly Magazine
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Illustration for GQ
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Director with megaphone
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Illustration of Movie Poster
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Retro Band poster
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The illustrations are perfect. Exactly what we were envisioning.
Martha P. Terry, Binghamton University Magazine - USA
This looks incredible Matthew, a really good likeness of Jeff! Really good, it looks fantastic!
Simon Freeborough - Creative Director, Nuts Magazine - UK
Matthew, I can't thank you enough for doing such a GREAT job!
Camille Neilson, Dennis Publishing Ltd - UK
Nice work. Great job on these! They look fantastic!
Jonas Barber, Tru Product
Thanks for everything Matthew. Outstanding work as usual.
Darol Michael Carr, Believe Entertainment Inc - USA
Thanks for everything! It all looks fantastic.
Kelly Lewis, Backstage Magazine - USA