Having seen Aaron Blecha’s exciting portfolio, I was keen to find out more about him and his work process. Aaron is known for providing artwork for various children’s books and folk tales, including the Three Little Pigs. His dynamic, vivid and ultimately very funny character creations are what stand out for me.
Andy Gilmore is a rare breed of artist. It’s not often one comes across an extensive portfolio dedicated to merging technical ability with aesthetic beauty; and with consistently invigorating pieces.
With what comes with undoubtedly great amounts of practice, time and skill are illustrations that stand out for their ability to create seemingly touchable textures, shapes and light effects.
I was pleasantly surprised when I came across Hollis Brown Thornton’s striking and sentimental marker pen illustrations of old videos and cassettes on Poolga a few weeks ago. I love the colours and great attention to all the details in this work, including the hand-written labels on the cassettes. Hollis can also claim an eye-opening collection of wicked pen-drawn geometric patterns to his name, amongst other awesome pieces.
Charlene Chua has a portfolio of digital illustrations that display a very high level of skill. This feature focuses on her ink and brush pen work, that she combines beautifully with her technological prowess. I’ve asked her some questions on her technique and the tools she uses to achieve these dynamic pieces of work.
I’ve seen the illustration work of Polish artist Agata Nowicka floating around online for a while now. I think Agata has done a superb job of creating work that is truly distinct from other illustration styles. With her unconventional ‘pixely’ lines and audacious colour choices, she certainly has a unique selling point.
If any artist I’ve come across shows real dedication to the hand drawn line, that artist is Canadian-born Sougwen. Now based in Stockholm, Sougwen combines intricate vintage pattern, floral design and flourishes, with fresh, contemporary colours and unique shapes. She is particularly good at creating striking images by superimposing organic lines onto simple and clean shapes and typography.