Meg Hunt is a fabulous illustrator and hand-letterer, although her aesthetic is informed by the printmaking process as well. In her own words, she’s inspired by “a sense of delight and the ability to tell stories.” She’s a self-described bookworm, nature buff, and former aspiring Muppeteer.
It’s obvious that Meg has a sincere love of nature and animals, a fondness acquired during childhood and one that flourished once she moved out west. A native of New London, CT, Meg attended the University of Connecticut and received a dual degree in printmaking and illustration. She’s mentioned that attending an interdisciplinary college aided in her own abilities to explore and play within her art–while there are obviously some pros and cons of attending state schools, I definitely agree with her sentiment on this. After finishing up college, Meg moved out to Phoenix, AZ for 4 years, then to settle in Portland, OR.
Meg turns to a variety of literature and comedic podcasts to help her draw out ideas. Her process shifts between analog and digital–she employs different physical tools such as watercolor paint, powdered graphite, mechanical pencils, wax pastels, and many more to add texture to her final compositions.
In addition to her work as a freelance illustrator, Meg has also taught at Portland State University and currently teaches Visual Techniques at Pacific Northwest College of Art. She is represented by Scott Hull Associates and her client list includes Nickelodeon Magazine, Junior Scholastic Magazine, Radiolab, Chronicle Books, and Threadless.
Andrew Holder is a mixed media illustrator currently living and working in Los Angeles. He graduated from Art Center College of Design with a BFA in Illustration and his impressive list of clients include Etnies, Google, Herman Miller, Lonely Planet, National Geographic, New York Times, NPR, Print Magazine, Sub Pop Records, Target, and Urban Outfitters.
I love his geometric compositions and vivid colors. I enjoy looking at his work and trying to visualize the process and methods he used to create it.
Jenean is a Memphis-based artist and designer whose colorful and unique patterns grace stationery, wallpaper, fabrics, rugs, giftwrap, stationery and other surfaces and products. She licensees her work to companies including Fisher-Price, Sigg, C.R.Gibson, Gelaskins, Free Spirit Fabric and more. I love the organic shapes and bold color combinations that give her collections a distinct look!
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.
Illustrator and designer Jen Skelley is from New Jersey and currently lives in Western Massachusetts. She earned a BFA in design from Syracuse University and began her career working as an in-house artist creating wrapping paper, cards and many other kinds of social stationery. A few years later she branched out and opened her own studio, specializing in cute whimsical illustrations of animals, flowers and birds.
Her impressive list of clients includes Galison/Mudpuppy, American Girl, Mattel, Land of Nod, and Graphique de France. She recently illustrated a nationwide campaign for Sweet’N Low and also sells screenprints of her work in her successful Etsy shop.
Kirra Jamison is an Australian artist born in 1982 in Sydney. Kirra grew up in Byron Bay and is currently Melbourne based. Her work is colourful, collage-like and full of beautiful and delicate pattern. Don’t you love those owls?
I had the utmost pleasure of hearing British illustrator and designer Kate Moross speak last weekend at the Offset Design Conference in Dublin.
At just 27 years old Moross blew the crowd away with her witty banter, unbelievable charm and incredible work. Never taking herself or her work too seriously Moross gave the crowd advice on fear (ignore it), the creative ‘wall’ (it doesn’t exist) and following one’s desires (always, always).
Kate Moross is unbelievably cool and mature and you’ll want to hop on twitter right away and follow her. Be sure to check out her website too for more beautifully illustrated type work and video work and design work and branding and clothing and shoes and and and…is there anything this girl can’t do?
I’ve followed Sarah Watts’ lovely work for awhile, and she just keeps doing more amazing things all the time! Her work is a beautiful combination of line, color, and pattern. She started her career creating patterns and images for Carter’s baby clothing, then at International Greetings cranking out hundreds of images and patterns for stationery, gift bags and other giftables. She then left the corporate world, using all her experience to embark on her successful career as an independent illustrator. Her images and patterns grace book covers, textiles, stationery and paper goods, and much more.
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.
Over the past few weeks Chrysa Koukoura has been developing fine-line pen mountain-scapes which are beautifully done.
With a slight hesitancy in working with color, Koukoura uses fine pen on paper with meticulous detail, aiming to draw the viewer in for a closer look. She loves the simplicity and the restrictiveness of working in black and white, as it requires her to bring something extra out of an image that wouldn’t usually be there had a color been involved.