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Dasha Tolstikova: fun, frenetic & just a little silly

post by Heather Ryerson

Dasha Tolstikova

Dasha Tolstikova

Dasha Tolstikova

Dasha Tolstikova

Dasha Tolstikova

Dasha Tolstikova’s lively, frenetic illustrations have a heart-warming naiveté that appeals to children and adults alike. It’s no wonder she seems to have her foxy paws in everything from children’s books to graphic memoirs and editorial pieces for The New Yorker and The New York Times. Tolstikova’s first picture book The Jacket (2014, written by Kirsten Hall) has received a lot of attention recently, including editor’s choice in The Sunday Book Review in The New York Times. Tolstikova earned her MFA (Illustration as Visual Essay) from the School of Visual Arts in 2012. She lives in Brooklyn, NY and is part of the studio collective Brushwick Studio.

Check out Dasha’s portfolio »

 

Posted by Heather Ryerson on 12/19/14 under Blogroll,books,children's art,editorial submissions
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Posted by Thomas James on 05/23/14 under books
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Artist :: David Mack

Posted by Angie

David Mack << Illustration Friday

David Mack << Illustration Friday

David Mack << Illustration Friday

 

David Mack is the creator, author and artist of Kabuki, a comic book series that has earned international acclaim for its innovative storytelling, painting techniques and page design. He is also the writer and cover artist for Marvel Comics’ Daredevil.

He graduated with a BFA in Graphic Design, which included studies in Sculpture, Painting, Drawing, Art History, Photography, Typography and Bookmaking, and a minor in English. The first published Kabuki collection, Kabuki: Circle of Blood, was completed while David was in college, and the story served as his senior writing thesis. He has now completed seven collections.

I found Kabuki several years ago, when I wandered into a comic book shop looking for art-driven stories. David’s writing is just as brilliant as his illustrative abilities. He uses watercolor and mixed media collage in his unconventional page layouts and creates stunning imagery and powerful storylines.

View more of his work : Facebook | fansite

Posted by Angie Brown on 06/12/13 under Angie,artists,books,collage,comic,design
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Jon Gray’s Typographical Book Covers

Post by Sarah

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In my career I’ve been focusing on illustration for the last years, but coming from a much broader background in graphic & communication design I am fascinated with the whole book cover designing process and the challenges it comes with.

Creating visuals that somehow represent a whole story without going the most obvious route or being too bold and simple is a skill that results in beautiful work when it’s mastered. Jonathan Gray aka Gray 318 clearly is one of the masters in this field. His mainly typographical works are always smart, thought-through and often show a dry wit. If you are a fan of Jonathan Safran Foer you might already be very aware of Jon’s fantastic cover work.

You can see a video on youtube about the extraordinary cover design of Nineteen Eighty-Four (3rd cover shown above) here.

For more work and some videos of Jon Gray here: Portfolio | Blog

 

 

Posted by Thomas James on 05/11/13 under artists,books,conceptual,design,Sarah,typography
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Artist :: Gemma Correll

Post by Clio.

Gemma-Correll-Illustration-Friday1 Gemma-Correll-Illustration-Friday2 Gemma-Correll-Illustration-Friday3 Gemma-Correll-Illustration-Friday4These hilarious drawings by Gemma Correll are sure to put a smile on your face this Friday. Famed for drawing pugs and cats Gemma is a true comic genius. Her witty one liners are coupled perfectly with the little characters of her sketchbooks. And she definitely makes me want a pug (she has two real ones and tons and tons of doodled ones), especially after the release of her newest gem, a book entitled A Pug’s Guide to Etiquette.

Catch more of Gemma’s work on her website & blog.

Posted by Thomas James on 05/03/13 under artists,books,cartoon,Clío,comic,creativity,digital,illustrationfriday
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Illustrator :: Anna Walker

post by Tamsin 

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Gorgeous work by Australian illustrator Anna Walker. Her work is delightful, her characters are a joy! her work has a lovely energy to it with her clever use of colour, pencil line & collage. Her  books have won awards and have been translated into different languages. For more of her delicious work, see her blog here and her website here.

 

Posted by Tamsin Ainslie on 04/23/13 under artists,books,collage,Tamsin
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Children’s Illustrator: Erin Bennett Banks

Posted by Angie Brown

Children's Illustrator :: Erin Banks << Illustration Friday

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Erin Bennett Banks has a passion for rich narratives and culturally distinct visual storytelling. She has illustrated three nationally published children’s books, and has won several awards for her work. She has also created illustrations for clients such as Highlights for Children Magazine, McGraw-Hill, The Weekly Reader and Harvard Business Review, and her paintings have been licensed artwork for JCPenney and Bed, Bath & Beyond.

Erin lives in Charleston, SC with her husband, two cherub babies, and a couple of pugs.

She paints in oils, and I love the vibrant red outlines that electrify her compositions, and the angular planes of her “primitive” style, and the expressiveness of her characters.

View more of her work on her website.

Posted by Angie Brown on 04/11/13 under Angie,artists,books,children's art,painterly
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Children’s Book Artist :: Lane Smith is Rather Cheeky

Post by Angie Brown
Children's Book Artist :: Lane Smith << Illustration Friday

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Children's Book Artist :: Lane Smith << Illustration Friday

Lane Smith is rather cheeky and he doesn’t even try to hide it. It’s kind of his thing. He says: I don’t like ordinary, middle-of-the-road books. I like funny, odd books that excite and challenge a child. There are enough people doing nice books about manners and feelings and magical unicorns. I do not do those kinds of books.” I first found him when I stumbled across his book review blog, Curious Pages: Recommended Inappropriate Books for Children, where he writes rather cheeky reviews of children’s books that are somehow a little “off.” It’s hilariously entertaining.

I was fascinated by the mottled textures in the illustration directly above, from his aptly named “It’s a Book”. Luckily, he’s rather forthcoming in describing how he achieves this effect: he paints hot press illustration board with oil paints and then sprays them with an acrylic spray (water based) while the paints (oil based) are still wet, causing a chemical reaction. Brilliant.

He currently lives with his wife and two cats in Connecticut and New York City. Before he became a children’s book illustrator, he worked as a freelance illustrator for magazines like Time, Sesame Street, Rolling Stone, Ms., Newsweek, Sports Illustrated, The New York Times, Atlantic Monthly, Esquire and many others. He is quite prolific and his titles include It’s a Book; John, Paul, George & Ben; The Stinky Cheese Man; Grandpa Green; and Big Plans.

See more of his work: Blog | Website

Posted by Angie Brown on 03/21/13 under Angie,artists,books,children's art,technique
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IF Book Bliss :: Flotsam

Book Bliss << Illustration Friday

Post by Penelope

As the mother of a kiddo who’s in love with picture books (what kid isn’t?), I thought I’d start sharing some of our favorites here on the ol’ IF Blog in a new “Book Bliss” series. These are books that are wonderfully illustrated with great stories. Fun indeed! I hope you’ll enjoy!

Book Bliss: Flotsam by David Wiesner << Illustration Friday

The first one I’d like to rave about is called Flotsam by David Wisner. Have you seen this book? It’s amazing.

Here’s the description from Amazon:
“A bright, science-minded boy goes to the beach equipped to collect and examine flotsam–anything floating that has been washed ashore. Bottles, lost toys, small objects of every description are among his usual finds. But there’s no way he could have prepared for one particular discovery: a barnacle-encrusted underwater camera, with its own secrets to share . . . and to keep.”

Book Bliss: Flotsam by David Wiesner << Illustration Friday

Book Bliss: Flotsam by David Wiesner << Illustration Friday

David Wiesner’s detailed illustrations surely spark the imagination with images of puffer fish hot air balloons soaring through the sky, starfish islands tottering around tiny whales and sea shell homes perched on turtle shells. One of my favorite images is of a family of octopuses in their underwater living room. It’s just great — so detailed and funny.

Book Bliss: Flotsam by David Wiesner << Illustration Friday

David Wiesner is one of the best-loved and most highly acclaimed picture book creators in the world. His books have been translated into more than a dozen languages and have won numerous awards in the United States and abroad. Flotsam won a Caldecott Medal in 2007. David also shares his process on his website!

Check out Flotsam for yourself… It’s definitely one to own even if you don’t have kids. You’ll love it!

Posted by Thomas James on 03/20/13 under books,children's illustrators,IF Kids
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Illustrator :: Carson Ellis

Post by Tamsin

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Oh wow! LOVE Carson Ellis illustration. I didn’t know of her work before I saw The Wildwood Chronicles (written by her husband Colin Meloy) last year. Gorgeous book! Her use of typography and pattern within her work is superb. Her illustration style has a folklore/fairytale feel about it – imaginiative, clever and delightfully inspiring. Carson Lives in Oregon with her family and also illustrates album art for her husbands band The Decemberists. See more of Carson’s work here and the Wildwood Chronicles has its very own page here.

Posted by Tamsin Ainslie on 03/08/13 under artists,books,children's art,Tamsin,typography
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