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Crisco BL

My name is Sabelo Crisco Dlamini better known as Crisco BL. I’m an illustrator based in Durban. I’ve been illustrating for about a year & unlike other digital illustrators, I use my phone instead of a laptop to create my paintings.
My art is based on Depression, Anxiety & Anti Self Harm. The reason as to why I base my illustrations around these things is because I don’t think they are spoken of as much as they should be nor are they taken seriously. My illustrations or a form of self-reflection, things that I’ve gone through myself. I feel that in doing this, people can relate to my art as much as I do. 
A lot of teenagers these days go through the above mentioned and don’t have the platform to talk about it or express it. I want to make art that makes people feel like they’re not alone and that there are ways to deal with their pain.
You’ve probably noticed that I use a lot of yellow as a background in all my art. Yellow is a colour that is associated with happiness. I use the c…

Li Joshua

“What do you do?” 

I always find myself cringing when the question is directed to me- maybe because I never saw “what I do”, or what I can do as one specific thing. I guess the best answer I could give is…

I create images.

My name is Li Joshua (aka Xylon2000) and I’m a visual artist. Like most creative thrill seekers looking for ‘my next big thing’ I’ve dabbled and experimented in many creative outputs. I began in high school, studying classical music for several years in the hopes of becoming a movie score composer. I moved on to photography at the Durban University of Technology (DUT) and eventually settled into the practice of Graphic Design where I majored in editorial publication. In my head, editorial design was the perfect hybrid space to house my passion for photography and my love for graphic design.

In 2015, for my own sanity, I developed my artistic alter ego ‘XYLON’, an alien-like, digital shadow rider forged in the forests of my mind. XYLON allowed me to be brave enough to artistically create without repercussion or fear.

Artistically, I feel my creative identity has organically evolved over time. I channel creative energy to a tactile form, observing, manipulating and applying visual artistry to digital spaces. Influenced by fashion and inspired by people, my visual aesthetic is an imaginative obscurity, which appeals and intrigues our childlike wonder within. I create with the aim of evoking emotion, changing mindsets and ultimately bringing about a sense of change.

Currently I work as a creative director for a Durban based design studio where I get to creatively problem solve daily. I’m also the founder and Editor-in-Chief of an independent magazine for emerging artists called DISPARATE, which keeps me close to the creative pulse of Durban and the amazing creatives who inhabit it. I really like good cups of coffee and I dislike rude people…yeah. 





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