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  • Eric Kuhne

    THE TWENTIETH CENTURY IN COLOR ADRIAN WALSH // Adrian Walsh is a designer and illustrator based out of Southern California, but he was born and raised in the Great Northwest and remains a proud Washingtonian. He works for Column Five in Newport Beach as well doing freelance illustration and design. This graphic is evidence of his love for crayons and all the other art supplies that everyone else stopped using after the age of 10.

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  • Steve Weigh

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