Archive for the ‘conceptual’ Category
Post by Sarah
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.
Posted by Jeanine
I recently came across Mel Kadel’s work, and it’s so unique and special I can’t stop looking at it! Mel’s originally from Pennsylvania and graduated from Moore College of Art in Philadelphia. She now resides in Los Angeles and uses coffee-stained paper, micron .005 pens, hand mixed ink wash, Q-tips, pencil and blades to create carefully detailed and layered drawings.
Mel’s work has shown in numerous galleries throughout the United States and abroad in London, Sydney, and Denmark. Her work has appeared in publications including The New Yorker, Juxtapoz and LA Times Magazine.
Posted by Angie Brown
Johanna Uhrman is Jonnakonna, an illustrator and artist from Finland. She has lived and studied in Tokyo and its influence shows in her work, in both subject matter and style. She currently works at Piñata, an illustration/animation studio in Helsinki.
Post by Sarah Palisi
Michael Hirshon works as an illustrator and designer in Amsterdam. He expertly pairs clear lines with loose coloring and a great sense of composition. His work has been recognized by the Society of Illustrators, 3×3, American Illustration, Creative Quarterly, CMYK, Gestalten, and the AIGA.
Post by Clio.
Denise Nestor is an illustrator and artist originally from Mayo in the west of Ireland. She has been living and working in Dublin for nearly ten years. Denise’s illustrations are very sensitive, personal and beautifully natural. The mix of faces, facial structures and animals in her work is at the same time arresting and compelling. I can’t help but stare at these drawings —luckily I was given Unravel for Christmas so I can continue to do so for the rest of my days—the fact that such beauty can be created with a pencil is incredible.
What a beautiful animation that artist Emiliano Ponzi worked on for Amnesty International with animation studio “wearecaptive”. So elegant and simple. Be sure to watch it! Have you tried animation yourself? Incidentally, there is a new animation category on the IF submissions. So if you do animation for your interpretation of any topic, be sure to tag it so we can see it.
Here is some more of Ponzi’s lovely work:
Emiliano Ponzi is based in Milan, Italy. His bold textured illustrations use repetition, a judicious use of line and strong graphic compositions to define and communicate the concept at hand. His illustrations appear in advertising, magazines, book, newspapers and animations. His clients include The New York Times, Le Monde, The New Yorker, The Boston Globe, Time, The Economist, and Newsweek.
See more of his striking work on his website.
Ronald Slabbers is an Amsterdam-based illustrator. He create visually clever, humorous and conceptual illustrations for national and international clients. His techniques range from traditional drawing to totally digital, and nearly everything in between. Whenever time allows he creates his own Ron Art: drawings, paintings and 3D objects.
I was particularly drawn to his simple, graphic-styled paintings.