Welcome to Skwak’s “Maniac World”

“Skwak” is an awesome French illustrator living in the North of France.

He created a graphic world that he calls the “Maniac World” where everything is exaggerated.

His works revisit children’s fairy tales and universal myths.

The adventures of his characters – the Maniacs – are inspired by situations from daily life (love stories, treason, manipulation, etc) and is always represented in a very exaggerated fashion.

The ‘maniacs’ express the idea of “too much”, escalation through power, wealth, plastic surgery, celebrity and much more.

We’ve compiled some of his best works for this article and have also included a short interview with “Skwak” about his fascinating work.

Hi, and thanks for talking with WDD. Can you please tell us about a bit yourself and what you do?

Hi, my name is SKWAK and I live in the north of France. I’ve been working as an independent illustrator for five years and I’ve been drawing since I was I kid.

I have created a graphic world called the ‘maniac world’, a huge playground where the maniacs live. It’s like a distorted reality where everything is exagerated, and where the main notions are constriction, escalation…

How did the design of “Maniac World” started?

It started with some monsters that I created called Koogai which represented all kinds of pollution.

Instead of showing or personifying causes I preferred to create an imaginary world where I could show the consequences of pollution as well as creating characters that were born infected.

Where the Maniacs live, this world of vice is the normal world, everything is normal. Since that creation this world is enriched with new codes, new characters, new stories…

What kind of techniques and software do you use to create your art?

I use Flash (I don’t care which version).

I just need it to draw and export it. It’s the best way for me to create, the most natural way.

Where do you draw your inspiration from?

EVERYWHERE. A word, a sound, some text …everything and anything that can make me start a new story.

What are your future plans?

New toys (mini maniac animals), new tshirts (cookies ‘n’ cream), new canvases (which includes a new solo exhibition in 2010 )!!!! So many things !!!


And here are ‘the maniacs’!

Skwak’s work has been showcased in multiple exhibitions around the world and his clients include Nike, Levis, Microsoft and many others.

His art has been reproduced in toys, t-shirts, posters and much more. You can find out more about Skwak at his website: Skwak.com

What do you think of the “Maniac World”? Please share your opinions below….

  • http://webdeveloperottawa.com Web Developer Ottawa

    That is both creepy and cool! Love the shoes.

  • http://wpthemez.com skarld

    Skwak is dope!

  • http://tr.im/mewC Rahul – Web Guru

    This guy looks quite creepy… lolz.

  • Victor

    Awesome! Is it possible to get images for t-shirts? :)
    Thanks in forward!

  • http://www.webdesignerdepot.com Walter

    @Victor: here’s a link for you: http://beta.rumplo.com/tags/skwak?sort=price:hl

  • http://www.slightlycurvedcube.co.uk Wayne Hodkinson

    WOW – This guy rocks!

    LOVE IT!

  • http://www.aledesign.it aledesign.it

    Amazing!…even I don’t like so much this illustration I think are really fantastic, like fantasy, colors.. awesome yes…incredible work!

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  • http://www.rodarim.com John Rooney

    Skwak – WOW – an extremely talented individual. Not may like him in the world. Definitely not enough! Hats off to you!

  • RoaldA

    AHAHAHHAHA I LAUGHED SO HARD!! Love the funny style!

  • http://labs.dariux.com Dario Gutierrez

    Awesome art, I like very much the iphone case and shoes.

  • http://www.sametomorrow.com/blog Adam

    I have seen this guys work a couple years and he’s definitely quite a talented person.

  • http://www.bebop-ad.com BebopDesigner

    Wow! Disturbingly funny and brilliant! love it

  • http://www.awalkinmyshoes.com Melody

    The sneakers are sooo cool!

  • http://www.1plus0.com James Ellis

    Love this guys work, have been following him for a long time! Nice compilation of his works here!

  • http://www.orphicpixel.com Mars

    oh men! I like the design on shirt, can get lost about this one

  • http://pelfusion.com Pelfusion

    amazing…i wasn’t able to take my eyes off

  • Alexey

    I first time heard about Skwak, but I already love him. GREAT snowboards! I want it!

  • Andreyco

    I love those snowboards!

  • http://ZombieHead.Etsy.com ZombieHead

    everything you do is insane, your artwork is amazing!
    Those walls are unbelievable I love ’em!

  • http://www.pezigner.com pezigner

    so cool! amazing work!

  • pt

    cool…just can’t figure out why he is using flash…

  • http://www.pixmac.com Vitezslav Valka

    Hyeronimus Bosch digital ressurection :-)

  • kes

    100% agree with #1. – Its creepy and yet somehow cool.
    Its creepy, yet I continue watching it? – what the heck is wrong with me? ^^

  • http://www.flience.com L Dash

    The Air forces are insanium! I got to say that ish is fly.

  • http://www.bonsai3.com Cristian

    Amazing!!! The texture that creates all the illustrations is really great!!!

  • http://www.PhilippineGlobalOutsourcing.com PhilippineOutsourcing

    this artwork’s a bit creepy but cute.. love it .. love the style .. very unique

  • http://www.fuseboxgroup.com Bleyder

    It makes me crazy!!

  • Creativeblondes

    I wanna have that cool tshirt!!

  • http://www.future-webs.com Future Webs

    Wow, some of these designs must have taken ages, amazing artwork!