Archive for the ‘freelance’ Category
Post by Naomi
I am in awe of Yan Nascimbene’s breathtaking watercolors. Such a sense of stillness, light, and life.
Yan Nascimbene was raised in France and Italy. After working as a photographer in a Paris fashion studio, he studied at the School of Visual Arts in New York and at the University of California at Davis. He later spent many years living variously in California, France, and Italy. His illustrated edition of Marcel Proust’s Swann’s Way. Antibes, Clarievere et Autres Couleurs, his first book as author and illustrator, won the Graphic Award at the Bologna Book Fair in 1992. Yan illustrated Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities, Palomar, The Baron in the Trees and others. Nascimbene has illustrated over 50 books and 300 book covers. He passed away in Mexico on Feb 1st 2013.
Here is what he had to say about working with clients:
Rather than feeling limited by a client’s idea, I find that the challenge of expressing precisely his/her idea in my own aesthetical terms forces me to think harder, to search deeper and ultimately to create a much stronger and interesting image than if I had been given total freedom of style, format and subject-matter. I try to illustrate a literary piece between the lines, and I feel that an illustration must reflect at once the client’s idea and my identity. First and foremost comes the need of the client, then my understanding of such a need and the elaboration of a concept. This is the most taxing and important phase of the work, often the one that will require most time. A thorough sketch (or sketches) will allow me to explain the concept to the client and structure the image (composition, balance, etc.) until his/her unequivocal satisfaction. The final painting, although still an emotional and creative task, will rely at least as much on technique and my ability to translate our early discourse and sketches into a factual image, as it does on pure imagination. In my case, it is usually a quicker stage, as all but a few challenges have already been resolved.
Post by Naomi
Dadu Shin was previously featured on Illustration Friday in an Artist’s Palette Entry and I was so enchanted by the muted colors and geometric shapes that I sought more of his work. Although his compositions are mostly comprised of triangles, circles, squares, and other simple forms, his pieces still look mystical and naturalistic. I’m also impressed with how populated the worlds depicted in these images seem, even when the compositions are sparse and minimalistic.
Post by Naomi
Teagan White’s fantastic linework pulls together these gorgeously colored digital illustrations. In addition to the editorial style of work above, she also does children’s illustration and typographic illustration. See more of Teagan White’s work on her portfolio and blog!
Teagan White is a freelance designer & illustrator from Chicago, currently living and working in St Paul, Minnesota, where she recently earned her BFA in Illustration from the Minneapolis College of Art & Design. Her body of work encompasses intricate renderings of flora and fauna, playful depictions of cute anthropomorphic critters, illustrative typography, and everything in between. The subtleties of nature and reciprocal relationships between organisms are her primary inspirations, and her work typically incorporates flat, limited color, decorative arrangements of organic forms, and obsessive detail.
Her clients have included Nike, Wired Magazine, Anthropologie, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Target, and many small businesses, independent musicians, and individuals.
Post by Naomi
Yasmeen Ismail is an award-winning, London based illustrator and animator, who has worked on a wide range of projects, but with a particular emphasis on children’s illustration and character design. She has a love of inks, paints and watercolours, and is interested in paper craft, design, typography and collage. Yasmeen is a versatile illustrator with a great eye for colour, detail and composition.
Since graduating from art school in Dublin in 2002 she has worked closely with a range of clients including advertisers and directors, and has fulfilled the role of producer and director on many projects.
Post by Clio.
Fuchsia MacAree’s crayon-like illustrations are rooted in humour and wit. They are colourful, bright and simple and definitely smile-inducing.
Since graduating from college three years ago MacAree has hit the ground running and not stopped since, working as a freelancer on a multitude of both editorial work and personal projects. Featured above are a selection from the Lookalikes series.
Most recently MacAree participated the Offset Creative Project 2013 by illustrating a quote from a previous conference speaker on a number of household items which were then sold for charity.
Find out more about the Offset conference for creatives on their website.
Post by Tamsin
I think the work of Lieke van der Vorst is so inspiring and fresh, I love her characters and her bears! The patterned jumpers and tea parties. I don’t know if she has done any children’s books, but I hope she does. I love her explorations using printmaking – her mark making and how her training as a graphic designer adds a beautiful design element to her work. She also has her own illustration and design business – liekeland – seriously gorgeous work. See more here. Lovely.
Post by Naomi
Heather Ross is a talented illustrator and textile designer. Her quirky linework, ingenious use of negative space, and clever perspective create images that are at once charming, traditional, and fresh and dynamic. And those colors! Swoon.
Post by Clio
Kate Bingaman-Burt’s hilarious illustrations can’t help but put a smile on my face on this dreary Friday morning (is it nice and sunny where you are? Ireland isn’t quite aware that it’s Spring yet). For this particular project Kate posted an open call for mix-tape submissions and drew all of the tapes sent to her by strangers. The resulting images are sweet glimpses of a fleeting period of time when the mix-tape was the height of romantic.
Kate works for lots of brands as a commercial illustrator, as well as teaching, giving talks, designing textiles and drawing everything she buys every day. See more of her work on her website and blog. You might just like to check out her shop too…it’s full of lovely stuff.
Post by Naomi
Riikka Sormunen is a Finnish illustrator who draws luxurious figures, brilliant patterning and ornament, and swirling perspectives. Delicious!
More of Rikka’s gorgeous work: Portfolio
Posted by Wendy
Sam Bosma graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art and now lives in Baltimore. He works both digitally and traditionally, for clients such as The New Yorker, MTV, and Muse Magazine.