Artists ~ Josh Yelle ~ Providence

Artist’s name: Josh Yelle
Shop name: Pencilmancer, or Pencilmancer Art
Twitter: @pencilmancer
Instagram: @pencilmancer

1. Tell us about your work: 
I usually have heavily dark or creepy compositions and "de-compositions" of traditional, digital, or abstract art in various mediums: 2D(pencil, chalk, watercolor), 3D(resin, clay, mixed media), typography/calligraphy, screenprinting, tattoos. Graphic design layouts for albums, shirts, posters, stickers, enamel pins etc etc etc. Almost always rooted in sci-fi, horror, fantasy or psychedelic.

2. Is there a story behind the name of your business? 
I'm a big fan of sci-fi and fantasy. Pencilmancer is just a spin off of Necromancer, whom raises and controls the dead to do his whim.... only with PENCILS.

3. How did you come to be a professional artist/crafter/designer? 
Art runs in my family, my mother was a great artist and blurred the boundaries of different mediums effortlessly while growing up. I've been doodling since I was 3 and it has been spiraling out of control ever since.

4. Where do you draw your inspiration? 
Absolutely anywhere I can. A lot of talented friends, plus I follow an incredible amount of artist friends and acquaintances on instagram of various professions, so that I'm never short on muses. Main inspirations include, (but not limited to): HR Geiger, Zdizlaw Beksinski, MC Escher, Alphonse Mucha, Brian Froud, Heironymous Bosch, Allen Williams.... and too many.. local/underground artists near and far, special FX movie wizards, musicians etc

5. What’s your favorite item to create? 
My tiny grossling parasite sculptures and fossils are a lot of fun and are very effective in giving certain on-lookers a feeling of malaise, and scurry off. That's always entertaining. I also get lost in practicing calligraphy quite often and forget what time it is in the wee hours.

6. What’s your best seller? 
Online, right now my Rick and Morty enamel pins, calligraphy vector logos for bands, and parasite test tube sculptures. Locally, my I Lovecraft RI, and I Cthulhu RI shirts have been very popular, especially at the HP Lovecraft Film Festival and NecronomiCon conventions.

7. How long have you been in Rhode Island? 
This March I'll have lived in Providence for 10 years.

8. What do you {heart} about Rhode Island? 
Providence is a creative hub and one of the earliest centers for science fiction (Lovecraft))

9. Favorite place to take out-of-towners? 
The Lovecraft Arts and Science Council in the Arcade downtown Providence, great vendors of weird artists and writers! Lovecraft gravesite in Swan Point Cemetery. Shelter Arcade Bar in Olneyville. Armageddon Shop on Broadway. Napolitano's Brooklyn Pizza

10. Any advice for new/wannabe makers? 
Start and then never stop. It sounds simple but there aren't any excuses anymore. There are tutorials for absolutely anything on youtube, to research starting any idea you can think of. GO

11. Please include anything else you’d like to add: +
I'll have a great amount of original shirts and pins coming out this year leading up to NecronomiCon 2017! Stay tuned! Josh @ for inquiries and commissions


  1. Hi!

    I would love to feature this article in our magazine! There is no compensation (yet) as this is just the second issue, but the blogs we feature gain publicity, as we include a short bio and and a link to the website.

    Here is a link to the publication and they are currently being distributed throughout the state,

    Thank you so much for your time!

    Kate Hurd


Post a Comment

We love to hear your thoughts. Chime in below, and we'll come to visit you, too!

Popular posts from this blog

Artists ~ Deanna Agresti ~ Cranston

Places to go, things to see in Rhode Island

Artists ~ Jerilyn Spaziano ~ Johnston