Jill Calder has been a professional illustrator since 1993, after graduating from the Glasgow School of Art and receiving her first illustration commission from “The Scotsman” newspaper. Jill has an extensive international client list including Adobe, The New Yorker and B&Q. She has recently finished illustrating her first picture book “Robert the Bruce, King of Scots” written by James Robertson and published by Birlinn books. Away from work she also loves training her dogs and having something nice with a cup of tea.
See more work on her website.
Paul Thurby is a British designer and illustrator who takes inspiration from mid-century design and charity shop finds. He has worked with an impressive list of clients including The New Yorker, The Guardian, and Tate Enterprises. His clever, fun, and whimsical Alphabet and Number series can be found in many art and design shops around the UK. Paul Thurby’s Alphabet book has been published in the UK, US, and Australia. See more of his work on his website.
Mary Kate McDevitt is one of the most successful hand-letterers and illustrators working today. A graduate of Tyler School of Art, Mary went on to work at a design studio in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. After 2 years, she moved out west to pursue a freelance illustration and design career in Portland, Oregon before ultimately settling in Brooklyn, New York, which is where she presently resides. While she previously imagined that she would work as an illustrator, dabbling in some lettering on the side–but it turned out to be quite the opposite. Her ever-growing client list includes Chronicle Books, CMYK Magazine, Fast Company, and the United States Postal Service.
She is specifically inspired by vintage type and techniques, including the ones of her own family. As a teenager, she discovered a plethora of handwritten letters that her mother and aunt wrote to her grandmother during college. She used this inspiration for her Your Handwritten Letters project, a daily hand-lettering exercise. Mary would hand-draw a letter of the alphabet and mail the original to a unique participant each day.
You can follow along with Mary Kate McDevitt on her website, blog, Instagram, Dribbble, and can also purchase prints through her Etsy shop. She also has two online classes on Skillshare that can be found here and here.
We’re excited to announce this week’s topic, but first please enjoy the illustration above by Tim Widden, our Pick of the Week for last week’s topic of ‘MASK’. You can also see a gallery of all the other inspiring entries here.
And of course, you can now participate in this week’s topic:
Step 1: Illustrate your interpretation of the current week’s topic (always viewable on the homepage).
Step 2: Post your image onto your blog / flickr / facebook, etc.
Step 3: Come back to Illustration Friday and submit your illustration (see big “Submit your illustration” button on the homepage).
Step 4: Your illustration will then be added to the participant gallery where it will be viewable along with everyone else’s from the IF community!
Sean Phillips has been working in comics for over 3 decades, creating beautifully rendered art on such titles as The Invisibles, 2000 AD, Judge Dredd, and Hellblazer. He was part of the British Invasion of Comics in the late 80′s/early 90′s along with cohorts Grant Morrison, Peter Milligan, and Neil Gaiman. His ability to create striking cover illustrations, and draw fully formed characters in a classic, cinematic style has led to a long accomplished career as an artist. He is completing his latest collaboration with “partner in crime” writer Ed Brubaker on the supernatural thriller Fatale for Image Comics. August will see the premiere of their next series together, The Fade-Out, a noir tale set in 1940′s Hollywood. This also begins a 5 year deal with Image Comics for both Sean Phillips, and Ed Brubaker to produce comics exclusively for the publisher, which is a rare occurrence in the industry. This obviously shows the extreme confidence that both creator’s work, and craftsmanship inspires to land such a contract.
Sean Phillips has contributed cover and interior art for various Criterion Collection DVDs, including On the Waterfront, and 12 Angry Men.
He’s also been nominated for 3 Eisner Awards, and has won once with Ed Brubaker for best new series Criminal.
You can keep up with all of the latest Sean Phillips news, and art on his website.
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Sari Cohen is an illustrator based in Tel Aviv working in editorial and commercial illustration. Sari’s work combines hand techniques with Photoshop and is heavily inspired by screen printing.
You can see more of Saris work here.
Before we begin, let’s get this out of the way: Aleksandra Waliszewska’s art is not for everyone. However, if you’re partial to a dose of the genuinely disturbing then it’s more than worth a look. Her paintings radiate the most menacing kind of Gothic gloom, and are full of religious and occult symbolism, mythological creatures, and fluffy white cats with evil glints in their eyes. If this sounds appealing, then read on, brave soul…
Waliszewska’s style is deceptively simple, and consists of either dark, dense oils or eloquent monochrome linework. In atmosphere if not strictly in appearance, her works recall the likes of Goya, Breugel, and Bosch. However, this prolific Polish artist’s paintings give the unsettling impression that her brush strokes are not merely applying strokes of dismal colour, but instead are forming a thinly-stretched membrane between her world and ours. Now there’s a Gothic concept if ever there was one. And be thankful that the bubble holds, as it’s all that stands between us and a desolate, horror-haunted place.
In the world that Waliszewska reveals, claustrophobic subterranean spaces and forests thick with darkness teem with pale flesh being disembowelled, sacrificed, mauled by animals or otherwise mutilated in an aesthetically pleasing fashion. However, amidst all of this bleeding body horror there’s also some light relief, in the form of Edward Gorey-esque absurdity, such as a wombat out for a stroll. Phew. But, as with all the best horror, it is suggestion that is most effective in Waliszewska’s work: the stolen glimpses we are offered into some truly bizarre and enigmatic scenes. And after all, as HP Lovecraft (the master of literary horror) said, “The basis of all true cosmic horror is violation of the order of nature, and the profoundest violations are always the least concrete and describable.”
Peer from between the gaps in your shaking fingers at more of Aleksandra’s work over at her blog or her Facebook page. A collection of her work has recently released in a double-volume art book, Problem & Solution.
Daniel Egneus was born in Sweden in 1972, but now lives in Milan where he is greatly inspired by the architecture. He is a self taught illustrator who has spent 20 years in Prague, London, Berlin and Bologna. His clients include; Nike, Marie Claire and Time magazine. He learnt to draw from comic artists such as Will Eisner and Jack Davis, which he saw as a child.
After visiting the Illustration Graduate Degree Show 2014 at the University of Huddersfield, England, I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of work I saw. One illustrator, Melissa Rose caught my attention with her detailed mixed media illustrations depicting themes of nature (and cake!). The fluidity of her drawing techniques are absolutely stunning, produced through various processes such as using sticks dipped in ink and using watercolour to add a splash of brilliant colour.
Having managed to speak to the illustrator at the event, Rose told me about her inspirations drawn from endemic species studied by Charles Darwin on the Galápagos Islands. This influenced her creation and use of sea turtles native to the island for her commercial design for ‘The Body Shop’ (see above). Nature is a common theme in a lot of her work which I find truly inspiring and unique.
Rose has just finished her final year of University after studying in illustration in Huddersfield. A bright future is definitely on the cards for this young illustrator and I can’t wait to see what she produces next!
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Isabelle Arsenault’s illustrated children’s books Migrant, Spork, and Virginia Wolf have been much praised and received numerous awards, including two Governor General’s Awards. Her children’s graphic novel Jane, the Fox, & Me was published in 2013. She lives and works in Montreal.