Pepijn Schermer is an autodidactic illustrator and cartoonist. He spent most of his younger years fantasizing about worlds that could exist in the future or history that never really took place. In that period he fed his imagination with books, films and games from the fantasy and sci-fi genre, and he tried to imitate them with pencil.
After he had left his place of birth behind, he came in contact with art movements such as surrealism, renaissance art and comics. Narrative elements entered his world of experience and coherent worlds emerged in his head and on paper. His travels in Latin America have also been extremely decisive. The cultural Mishmash of Mexico and the rugged landscapes of Argentina have left a lasting impression on him.
Use of color also entered his work,and he also started to pay more attention to his subconscious. “Dreams can also be a great source of inspiration if you teach yourself to remember them”.
In 2017 he was hit hard by a depression, and he noticed that he had to do something with it. One painting was not enough to tell the whole story, and ultimately he created a series of seven works. In his paiting he tells the story of this black period. He has made positive counterparts to these illustrations to revel in this depression. This series is now being exhibited, hopefully people with teh same struggles can get comfort from it.