MercenaryGraphics is the vision of illustrator and graphic designer Erik Chipchase who learned to draw the old fashioned way; with pad, pencil and practice. He has worked with everything from hot metal type and Rubylith® , to mechanicals and web graphics. In the end its all just a tool box for artistic expression.

Influences such as Modernism, Remington, Socio-Realism, and Pop culture are evident in his use of bold lines and evocative typography. With a passion for history and technology, Erik prides himself in his level of detail and accuracy. His series of historic seaplanes was included in Communication Arts 2007 Illustration Annual.

Erik currently lives and works in his native Sonoma County, California.
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