The New Zealand based, self-described ballpoint artist Josh Carrington has developed an entirely original manner of characterization, resulting in illustrations that have been featured on a variety of products ranging from apparel to longboards. Josh, an exhibiting artist in the United States and internationally, continues to create under the pseudonym ‘Crimson City’. The figures in his scenes, often drawn entirely in multicolored ballpoint pen, are a reflection on humanity; even though they are clearly not human, there is an inner element, in their actions and expressions, that allows us to relate and chase an allure deeper than the obvious aesthetic.
Josh’s style borders on something along the lines of psychedelic steampunk, though those two terms, even when mashed together, do not encompass the nuances within his work. The images are private snapshots of the lives his robotic characters lead. He captures them as they show love, remorse, melancholy, and thought in ways that are hauntingly familiar. Some are locked in embrace while others exist enveloped in their solitude. Though their limbs resemble the cold extensions of complicated machinery, their countenances are purely ours.