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Matthew Laznicka

Matthew Laznicka - International retro illustrator. 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 color 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, Carlton Books, Springer, Mercedes-Benz, Simon and Shuster, Volvo, Popular Mechanics and more.
Collage of people in mountains
Matthew Laznicka
Graphic portrait of women
Matthew Laznicka
Lifestyle kitchen area
Matthew Laznicka
Pastiche art of Riding boat
Matthew Laznicka
Graphic Lettering Willie Nelson
Matthew Laznicka
Graphic Cannabis water scarcity
Matthew Laznicka
Graphic Big Stump Beer
Matthew Laznicka
Graphic Hell Soup in skull
Matthew Laznicka
Graphic cover Cosmic Girl
Matthew Laznicka
Graphic Man with Roaring lion
Matthew Laznicka
People with different moods
Matthew Laznicka
People in car filling fuel
Matthew Laznicka
People scary zombies
Matthew Laznicka
People Movie artists
Matthew Laznicka
People woman with hot turkey
Matthew Laznicka
People meeting
Matthew Laznicka
People enjoying snow skating
Matthew Laznicka
Graphic of hell place
Matthew Laznicka
Monster graphic design
Matthew Laznicka
Animals rooster head
Matthew Laznicka
Graphic Magazine cover outdoors
Matthew Laznicka
People couple Hugging
Matthew Laznicka
Bike racer graphic design
Matthew Laznicka
People posing with gun
Matthew Laznicka
People walking on the planet
Matthew Laznicka
Lettering Gardencenter
Matthew Laznicka
Vegetable farm digital painting
Matthew Laznicka
Graphic bullock carts
Matthew Laznicka
poltical bees at USA senate
Matthew Laznicka
Graphic Babet dentist
Matthew Laznicka
Graphic Tin Wife
Matthew Laznicka
People cowboy riding a train
Matthew Laznicka
People man with nature testing
Matthew Laznicka
Illustration of snow skating
Matthew Laznicka
Graphic woman clothes
Matthew Laznicka
People and numbers on track
Matthew Laznicka
Hand lettering of gone picking
Matthew Laznicka
Portrait of a man for a Flying Magazine
Matthew Laznicka
Illustration for readers digest cover
Matthew Laznicka
Illustration of fishes
Matthew Laznicka
People with digital gadgets
Matthew Laznicka
Graphic design of car accident
Matthew Laznicka
Illustration for Speakeasy poster
Matthew Laznicka
Graphic truck full of numbers
Matthew Laznicka
Illustration of binaclers
Matthew Laznicka
Kahlua Coffee Liquor
Matthew Laznicka
Illustration of rockwell spoof
Matthew Laznicka
Illustration of Poster for Off Broadway Musical
Matthew Laznicka
Collage of people walking
Matthew Laznicka
Sports players standing in que
Matthew Laznicka
Illustration of navion plane
Matthew Laznicka
People with big dinosaur
Matthew Laznicka
Graphic Tomoto in space
Matthew Laznicka
Bar tender graphic design
Matthew Laznicka
Digital painting of car driving
Matthew Laznicka
Thanks for everything! It all looks fantastic.
Kelly Lewis, Backstage Magazine - USA
Nice work. Great job on these! They look fantastic!
Jonas Barber, Tru Product
This looks incredible Matthew, a really good likeness of Jeff! Really good, it looks fantastic!
Simon Freeborough - Creative Director, Nuts Magazine - UK
The illustrations are perfect. Exactly what we were envisioning.
Martha P. Terry, Binghamton University Magazine - USA
Matthew, I can't thank you enough for doing such a GREAT job!
Camille Neilson, Dennis Publishing Ltd - UK
Matthew had a great happy energy from the get go, and from the first draft my brother and I knew we were in good hands. Matthew was very good at taking on direction and changes and really understood what we were trying to portray, adding some of his creative genius to the mix. He was very patient with us, even with the most minute changes and details, and always had a positive attitude. In the end, my brother and I ended up with a logo that is even better than we ever imagined. Something we are excited and very proud of. Thank you Matthew!
Steve & John Pace, Gemma Joe's
Thanks for everything Matthew. Outstanding work as usual.
Darol Michael Carr, Believe Entertainment Inc - USA
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