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E.S.G Art Series: axndo, Social Media Designer

Art- the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power.

Perspective—what some perceive as one thing, others perceive as another. Art is such a refined discipline with so many layers and intricacies, the perception of its true nature varies greatly among artists and admirers alike. For social media designer axndo, art is a portal into a vast world of limitless possibilities—a space where the mind is supreme, and reality itself is shifted according to his will.

Distort Reality.

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The world of gaming and esports is undoubtedly one of the most influential cultural phenomena in the world today. Its reach spans to every corner of the globe and has inspired millions in the form of every medium of content and pop culture, including art. E.S.G. honors this creative expression as we feature a community of talented artists, illustrators, designers, and creatives who have used their vast imaginations to create stunning esports and gaming related art.

In this edition, we look at the work of 18-year-old social media designer axndo.  

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This piece was centered around the artist “Playboi Carti.” The goal was to capture his aesthetic through different images relating to his personality, albums, etc. This design ended up being one of my favorites because of its exotic color-way. – axndo

This design flourishes as an innovative masterpiece, similar to the experimental musical style of rapstar Playboi Carti. The rapper’s claim to fame comes via dropping hit records with his mysterious and eccentric persona, and this piece captures his essence seamlessly.

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Super Smash Bros. was a crucial part of my childhood… In honor of the joy the game brought to me & many others, I revamped the cover of the game. The vibrant colors reflected on the piece made it easily one of my favorites. – axndo

A new dope design has appeared!

Smash Bros. is absolutely legendary in its gaming appeal and significance as well as its massive melee of iconic video game characters. There’s just nothing like it. This tribute to the crossover fighting game is nothing short of a splendid display of artistry and declares axndo the ultimate designer.

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Kobe inspired me to be the best version of myself, no matter how hard it was.. to keep grinding when I saw no results. Kobe… changed the way I look at life, and for that I’m forever thankful.. mamba forever. – axndo

Kobe Bryant taught us many things: never be afraid to fail, endure and conquer, and that there’s beauty in the struggle, just to name a few. He inspired the world, including axndo, a young Detroit kid {and myself}, to never give up and be the best version of yourself possible—that is the very essence of the Mamba Mentality.

Such deep-rooted inspiration and admiration inspired this piece, which is just as calculated, sharp, and crafty as the Black Mamba was on the hardwood.

R.I.P. to the great Kobe “Bean” Bryant, his daughter Gigi, and the others lost in the tragic accident last year. Gone but never forgotten.

Mamba Forever.

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Every person has played Fruit Ninja at least once in their childhood… I know I sure did. Inspired by my love for the game, I created a design that reflected the interface and features of the legendary Fruit Ninja. The vibrant assortment of colors made this one of my favorite Social Media designs. – axndo

The scintillating mobile game Fruit Ninja commanded the fascination of millions worldwide with its addictive gameplay. The player’s objective is to rack up points as they unsheathe their blades to slice n’ dice fruit. Axndo has mastered the arts of creativity and design at the esteemed dojos of Adobe Photoshop with a creative skillset as sharp as a blade and a “juicy” sense of artistry—all of which enable the young designer to bear such fresh fruit year-round in the form of sweet masterpieces such as this one. 

I’m passionate about art because it allows me to escape societal limitations and allows for my mind to flow without an end in sight. Art allows me to express an altered reality. Hence my slogan… Distort Reality. Designing brought the best out of me, and shaped me into the person I am today. I spent countless nights chasing a dream of becoming someone’s inspiration. Art gave me hope.

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Stranger Things has released 3 seasons to get the fans excited about season 4… I designed a cover focusing on the new season. The blend of the desaturated colors and grunge overlays highlighted the series perfectly, which makes it my favorite design. – axndo

S-tier lighting, coloring, and manipulating for an S-tier show like Stranger Things—it’s no wonder this is one of axndo’s favorite designs. With supernatural talent and a highly unique style, one begins to wonder if a successful voyage through the “Upside Down” is the only way to obtain such talent?

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The intricate images placed throughout this piece reflected the personality of the artist, xxxtentacion. Jahseh impacted the way I value things in my life, so it was my honor to create a piece in his name. – axndo

The world lost another talented creator much too soon in 2018, but the spirit of XXXTENTACION lives on forever in his music (which currently has over eight billion views on his YouTube channel.) In honor of X’s dynamic personality and diverse style, this piece was created to embody the essence of the late rapper— even with a quick look, you can see that it is a job well done and a mission accomplished. 

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“The cover, which you can see below, shows Mitchell in a white Utah Jazz jersey driving for a layup. In the background, you can see Mitchell wearing a darker Utah Jazz jersey — it looks like the purple retro one.” — Deseret News

Yo 2K, get this kid on the payroll already…

Buzz about who’ll grace the cover of the next installment of NBA 2K surrounds the franchise around summertime each year. To be on the cover is a natural right of passage for the NBA’s elite, and has been the case since the first 2K in 1999. This design masterfully depicts one of the game’s fastest-rising superstars, Donovan Mitchell, on the cover.

It’s highlighted with signature axndo lighting, detail, and use of music notes, which is a creative nod to Mitchell’s team, the Utah Jazz. It’s a design so good that it’s garnered massive attention on social media, even being picked up by multiple news outlets, including the second-largest publication in Utah, Deseret News.

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This piece was a tribute to arguably the greatest artist alive… October’s very own, Drake. This design was my favorite because of the various color schemes – axndo

I’m just gonna keep it 100 with you…axndo is one of the coldest designers in the game.

People know Drake as one of the world’s biggest artists, but also as a man of many nicknames: 6ix god, Champagne Papi, Drizzy, One Take Drake, Light Skin Keith Sweat (LOL), among many others. But what many may not know is that he is actually a co-owner of one of the most prolific esports brands, 100 Thieves, and one of many superstar athletes, musicians, and celebrities invested in esports.

This design takes special care to illustrate the star power of the Certified Lover Boy. With views of the keen scorpion-like talent of axndo, this creation is one of many instances of being trapped in the clutches of his artistry—and once you are nothing is the same again. #DistortReality

Do yourself a favor and check out more of his work here. Thank me later.

About the Artist

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An exploration into the dimensions of an altered reality is the crux of 18-year-old freelance social media designer Aden Libin’s passion for art/design. Known creatively as axndo, the promising creative originally from Canada, now hailing from Detroit, Michigan is only at the beginning of his creative journey. The young Wolverine has only been designing for about a year-and-a-half, but he has already flourished into a top-tier designer, as evidenced by his superb work.

Axndo’s unique style has attracted nearly 9,000 Twitter followers and captivated many who’ve witnessed his work. His brand as an elite designer has allowed him to work with many top sports gaming influencers including, Flight Reacts, Adin Ross, Agent, Chesseaholic, Grinding DF, and more. He’s also worked with top gamers such as Ryft, Ghoulz, cxltures, among others. 

Axndo is currently a freshman at the University of Michigan (Go Blue!!)

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You can check out more of axndo’s work here.

Twitter: @axpsd

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