If you look around online you’ll find a ton of artwork inspired by the inspiring band, Twenty One Pilots, done by the one of the most dedicated group of fans out there, the Skeletøn Clique. This group of fans even labeled their art Clique Art!
Although members of the Skeletøn Clique consider it Clique Art, this type of artwork is better known as fan art. Fan art is artwork created by fans of a work of visual media, such as comics, movies, television shows, and video games. Or in this case, based off of a person or character, such as Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun from the band Twenty One Pilots.
We took the time to speak to some Twenty One Pilots fans from around the world, and this is just some of the amazing talent that we found. Each piece of artwork belongs to the person’s name below it.
Abel | 15 | Netherlands - "I made some art inspired by TØP because they inspire millions to create art themselves. They just carry such an amazing message; to support each other and to stay alive. I used watercolor and fineliners in both the pieces and they took around 1-2 hours to create each."
Nikki | 19 | New Jersey - "I painted/collaged this ceiling fan based on a Twenty One Pilots song. It took me about four hours to paint and glue all the pieces. The lyric I really focused on was "ceiling fans and idle hands will take my life again."
"I was inspired by how each album stemmed from the same place, hence why each blade of the fan is representative of each of the band's albums, coming from the pink center, which is supposed to represent No Phun Intended, the first album Tyler Joseph "released" on his own. The way he turned his feelings and thoughts into lyrics that consistently inspire people ever day made me want to create. No longer idle hands."
Paryss | 13 | West Virginia - "What inspired me was the bands amazing messages in their songs. Since I watched Josh drum, I started drumming too! I used pencil for this art. It probably took me 2 hours."
Sammy | 17 | New Jersey - "The inspiration for each piece was kind of all the same. I saw the pictures online and was like, "that would be so rad to draw lemme get on that." So I spent most of my Summer on just band art. Whenever I see something cool, I always feel a need to remake it and make it my own."
"These are my personal favorites since I put the most time and effort into them. The Twenty One Pilots self titled album cover took at least 3 weeks, and the drawing of Josh and Tyler took only two days, but at least 4 hours each day."
Stephen Tupas | 17 | Philippines - "TØP really inspired me to make fan art for them. I've been a fan of them for a long time now. They give me a reason to stay alive everyday. They've been my inspiration to my studies and artworks. I really hope to see them live soon."
"The wall art is hand drawn by me. It took me around 2 hours (top right.) It's hand drawn and I used a plate to draw a circle then draw them using red and black sharpie. It took me really long because my sharpie is so small and it's quite big. But it really pay off the hard work. My mom also liked it."
"The bottom left one took me around 20 minutes. Its a calligraphy consist of things about TØP. I wrote all things related to Twenty One Pilots such as their names, songs and other things. I used brush pen for this. It took me not too long. I did the digital fan art (bottom right) during my free time at university. I am always alone so I always spent my time doing digital art. Since I can't bring paints and brushes in school, it took me around 1 hour and a half per digital artwork."
"Then the top left one is a work in progress of a painting of TØP. I'm already working on it for like 10+ hours and its not yet done. I used acrylic paint in this painting. I really like the picture of them that I used as a reference for them. Such cute smol beans. I really hope i can give this to them or show this when they go here in the Philippines."
"Twenty One Piløts went here last July in 2015. Sadly I didn't have a chance to go because of my schedule. I started to be a fan of them last 2014. They really inspire me to make fan arts for them. And since TØP merch inst available here in our country and the shipping fee is expensive, so I really have to make my own. They give me a reason to stay alive everyday. They've been my inspiration to my studies and artworks. I'm really hoping that they will have a concert here again soon or they will start selling TØP merch soon here since there is quite few Skeletøn Clique members here in the Philippines."
"Josh and Tyler, if you're reading this, I really love you guys so much. Thank you for existing and giving me a will to live. Your lyrics are such an inspiration and pure art. I hope you will stay together forever as a band. You don't know how much important both of you to me. Your music makes me feel complete and happy when I'm alone. Thank you so much. I cant thank both of you enough for all the good things you did and all the albums you wrote. Your'e the best drummer Josh! Once again, thank you Josh and Tyler. I love you so much."
Lee | 17 | Israel - "I did a Twenty One Pilots inspired nail art. I love doing nail art and I wanted to do another Twenty One Pilots design, so I did this set which was inspired by Tyler, Josh, their tattoos, and Tyler's kimono. It took me about 5 hours total for both hands and I used nail polish of course and some acrylic paint."
Vanessa M. | Salt Lake City, Utah | 40 - "I was inspired to pick up art again thanks to Twenty One Pilots, specifically because of their song "Kitchen Sink." I hadn't done art for many years, and have been struggling with the apathy of depression for over a year. But I decided to try doing some art in hopes of finding my kitchen sink. And I think I'm starting to find it now. This band has changed my life so much. I can feel the apathy slowly lifting and I'm starting to feel alive again. Tyler Joseph said "the beginning of purpose is creating something that only you understand" and that's what drives me to continue creating and making more art."
"This is the first fan art I ever made (left.) Someone was doing a lyrics sticky note challenge. I wrote out the lyrics on the sticky notes and taped them to my bathroom mirror and took photos of them. Then I used editing apps to create the finished project. This one holds a lot of personal meaning for me."
"This is my most recent piece (right.) I used a screenshot from the "Fairly Local" music video for reference. This is a digital piece made using the ArtRage app on my phone. I used a layering technique for the first time with this picture. So I drew the body as one layer and then the background is two separate layers. The text was added afterwards with a photo editing app. I worked on it for several hours, over the course of a few days. I'm really happy with the way it turned out."
You can find more of Vanessa's Clique Art on her Twitter page @MaMa_NeZra.
Anna | 18 | California - "What inspired me to draw this art piece was Twenty One Pilots. Why? Because they inspire me every single day to keep creating Clique Art and any kind of art."
"This band means so much to me they have helped me so much and saved my life. This drawing (top left) took me 10 hours to do and I used all sharpie. For the top right one I used all colored pencils, for the bottom left I used prisma colored pencils, and for the bottom right I used colored pencils."
Amber | 18 | Netherlands - "What inspired me to create this drawing (and every other Twenty One Pilots related drawings I do) is their music. Their music helped me be a much happier person and taught me to keep creating even though it might be worthless. I've spent about 10 hours working on this drawing and I used a cheap mechanical pencil for most of the face, for the really dark parts I used a 7B Derwent graphite pencil."
Molly Coffey | 16 | - "This art is inspired by a song Tyler Joseph wrote when he was only about 17. "Tonight" is an amazing song that has such a strong meaning to me that I had to pay it some sort of tribute. TØP's meaningful songs have allowed me to start drawing again and just simply stay alive. I love that I can put on headphones and get this inspiration to create."
"Considering I'm learning how to draw again it took me about a couple hours for a few days to finish but I enjoyed every second of being able to have my own creative outlet. This piece started as a pencil until I decided to digitally draw the background and edit Tyler on top."
Josefa | 15 | Chile - "I used a fineliner and both drawings took me around 30 minutes. What inspired me to draw? My inspiration was obviously Twenty One Pilots as well as all the other Clique artists. I always draw whenever I have free time or when I'm bored. I really like to draw because I can show what I feel. So many people said I was good at it and that makes me feel so happy. It's a nice feeling."
Lena | 15 | Germany - "The music of Twenty One Pilots inspires me to make art. While drawing my hands, I never really think about what I'm going to draw. This time I was listening to Blurryface and improvised. I used normal canvas color and it took me around 2 hours because the colors always took a while till it was dry."
Sierra | 20 | Ohio - "We did it." Two weeks before Tyler uttered those words, I was at my show whispering similar words of my own, through a stream of tears. It was during "Trees," as reflected on what I'd gone through to make it that far."
"You see, a year, a few months, a few weeks before the show, I truly didn't think I'd make it to see the guys live. I was done, truly spent. I'd used up every ounce I had left trying to live and I couldn't hold on much longer. But as I looked around at the crowd on that magical night and saw everyone's arms raised, fingers in the shape of the TØP symbol, confetti raining down, it felt like I was home. And I couldn't help but whisper, "I made it" over and over again. This piece took me 5 hours to make and I used all acrylic paints."
Lillian | 14 | Pennsylvania - "I was figuring out what to draw and when I was listening to "Goner," the lyrics "I'm inside out," had me thinking for a while. So I took a scene from "Holding Onto You" and drew it. This piece took me about 6 hours total since I was watching Netflix at the same time. I used led pencil and crayola colored pencils."
Tiffany Dean | 28 | Buckhannon, West Virginia - "This is my most recent piece of Clique Art and probably my most favorite because it was a collaboration between clique members. It was inspired by something a fellow clique member said in a group chat on Twitter. Tess Jordan said, "I've said it before, but it's worth a repeat. If the skeleton clique is a body, Tyler is the mouth/voice/brain and Josh is the heartbeat. I don't think we could do without either of them."
"I asked her if I could try to bring this quote to life in a piece of clique art and she said yes. And this is what I created. The original piece I created actually has to be viewed by video because it features a video of Josh Dun playing the drums in the anatomical heart cutout. But because you can't see that in a photo I chose to use the heart cutout as a frame for another artists clique art and this is how I plan to frame it to hang in my house. It's a portrait of Josh Dun drawn by the talented Montey Cooper aka @hac.knslash on Instagram."
"I put a lot of thought into every detail. Tyler's neck is black for Blurryface. The lyric I chose is from the song "Fake You Out" on Vessel. The letters are blue and red like Regional at Best. And the lightbulb is from their self-titled album. Tyler speaks what so many of us feel and articulates his thoughts in such a way that we can all find hope, inspiration, strength, and peace. Josh is the heart of the clique and it's our heart that makes the beat. Without our heart none of this would be possible. And Tyler's body depicts us, the fans."
"We may not know each other's names, we may not know each other's faces, Tyler and Josh may not know each of us personally. But we're all an important part of this and together we keep going. Together we breathe to the beat. Together we stay alive. Together we are the Skeletøn Clique. Together they're Twenty One Pilots and so are we. |-/"
"This piece is 14x17 & took around 8 hours split up over a few days. I used colored pencil and sharpie for this piece."
Has Twenty One Pilots helped or inspired you in any way? Feel free to tweet us some of your Clique Art @StrifeMagazine.
Remember, there's always someone who loves you, and if you need an extra person, don't forget that we love you. |-/
Written by Melanie Gomez
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