These new artworks by Skwak are packed with manic detail

Skwak's 'maniacs' are back in a series of frenetic designs that take a swipe at modern society.


Jim Skwak's artworks are initially overwhelming (in a fun way). Packed with bright, odd characters that he calls his 'maniacs' - plus a huge number of objects, vehicles and scenery - each is an intense experience that reveals its meaning slowly as you spend time on each of the details.

Jim has produced illustrations for the likes of Microsoft, McDonalds and his co-owned clothing line Sneakymob - which we'll feature later in this story - but he's just released some new personal artworks.

His latest piece, The Story of Man And Power, sees the French artist looking at the actions that have put men into power. It features achievements - both good and bad - from the early days of Man right to the present day, where a Donald Trump-like figure is chasing the Statue of Liberty. This symbol of the US seems more focussed on chasing a Pokeball than what the Trumpling is doing.

The key to Jim's aesthetic - as with doodle artists like Jon Burgerman - is that each of the elements is distinct. While they sprawl and loop around each other, they never overlap to create an unreadable mess. The use of colour and size - with the characters larger than the other elements - also guide your eye to areas to begin looking at the picture, so you're rarely lost in it.

This work is called I Only Have Dreams That Keep Me From Seeing The Future.


A sports-themed repeating pattern Jim created for his Sneakymob label.

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Jim drew this work on the window at a barber's shop, created using Posca pens.


Work for McDonalds.


Jim created this design for a Studio Series Artist Edition of Microsoft's Wireless Mobile Mouse 3500.

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Proving that Jim can tone things down if needed, he created the designs for this 2014 campaign for Beaujolais Nouveau wine.