Jo­han Törn­lund

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Lo­ca­tion: Swe­den Web: www.torn­lun­dart.com Email: jo­han@torn­lun­dart.com ME DIA: Pho­to­shop, Modo Jo­han works as a free­lance con­cept artist spe­cial­is­ing in sci-fi and en­vi­ron­ment de­signs, and he’s worked in-house for Swedish and Ger­man indie and mo­bile games stu­dios. His pas­sion for sweep­ing sci-fi ci­tyscapes was kin­dled from a young age: “My in­ter­est in work­ing in this field orig­i­nated from the vi­sion­ary ex­pe­ri­ences I got while watch­ing Blade Run­ner and play­ing Abe’s Od­dysee.”

If there’s a theme to Jo­han’s work it’s the jux­ta­po­si­tion of the nat­u­ral and the ar­ti­fi­cial. “Grow­ing up be­tween the wilder­ness of Swe­den and the hy­pe­r­ur­banised cities of Ja­pan cer­tainly helped spark my in­ter­est in this con­flict,” he ex­plains. “I think it shapes a lot of the con­tent in my work.”

1 Viper Drones “With this piece I wanted to visu­alise a not-too-dis­tant fu­ture me­trop­o­lis with light­weight po­lice/sur­veil­lance drones. The im­age be­gan as a col­lage of pho­tos I had taken from the top of a moun­tain over­look­ing Na­gasaki in Ja­pan.”

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Sky Sail­ing “Here, I tried to con­strain my­self to less de­tail and cre­ate a more tra­di­tional look. The scene is of a sleek rac­ing ve­hi­cle and its crew. It’s also my at­tempt to study the work of mas­ter illustrator John Berkey.”

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Industrial Hanger “The first in a se­ries of pieces de­pict­ing fu­tur­is­tic trans­port ships. It’s mak­ing a de­liv­ery to a heav­ily ­in­dus­tri­alised so­ci­ety.”

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Ankh “This was part of an ex­per­i­ment where I fused sci-fi with the vis­ual lan­guage of an­cient so­ci­eties and sym­bols. In this case I took in­spi­ra­tion from Egyptian mo­tifs.”

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