Based in Denver, Colorado, Tod Kapke has been good enough to provide a close insight into his mesmerizing photography-based illustrations. His work demonstrates an artistic direction that is both hard-hitting, amusing (often in a dark way!) and extremely innovative. This post looks into how he got into the work he does and how he does it.
I think it’s time for a post that looks in the other direction from what has come before in terms of the finished illustrated product. As such, I’m turning to Marshall Alexander’s paper toy creations, which demonstrate exceptional creativity, design fun and design flair.
The art of illustrator Alice Duke has attracted my attention with her unquestionable ability as a draftsperson and the remarkable scenes she creates. From Liverpool in the UK, Alice is a recent graduate of the Edinburgh College of Art, which she says didn’t have a great impact on the style of her work, although it did manage to push her out of her comfort zone, helping her with her ‘professional development’ as an artist.
I’m introducing a brand new illustration feature post called ‘Sketchbook Sneak’ that focuses only on the inside of the sketchbooks of various illustrators.
I find it a great way to get a sense of what is going on in the minds of the artists, as well as gaining an insight into the relevance of illustration in its early stages, when illustrators rely on basic tools and techniques in making new creations.
Edward Kwong is an illustrator based in Vancouver, Canada, with a portfolio of work that reminds me of some of the illustrations coming out of the early 20th Century during the illustration’s ‘golden age’. Ed explains his background and his work process for us.
From Brooklyn, New York, Connor Willumsen is an illustrator and cartoonist with an impressive collection of high quality work at a young age.
Connor answers some questions relating to how he got into his work and how he does it.
Ric Stultz’s paintings struck me with their quirky, ‘hardware-based’ characters, soft tones and a depth that jumps from the canvas.
Ric, who is based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, got into the work he does through a great deal of trial and error. Having been working steadily since graduating with a graphic design BFA in 2002, illustration gradually became Ric’s main interest. ‘One of my favorite things to do is paint and I’ve made it my full time job so I have plenty of time to work on images‘.