Florianópolis based Brazilian artist Samuel Casal was born in 1974 and has been working professionally as an illustrator since 1990. He is also a cartoonist, guitar player and part-time tattoo artist. Somehow he also finds time to put out his own graphic T-shirt line, available from his site, while contributing his work to several Brazilian and international publications. I love the dark edge that permeates even throughout his most commercial designs, not simply relying on "cute" to get his point across. It reminds me a bit of the feeling of movie director Tim Burton's goth illustration work, but with his own original twist. Great stuff!
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