Polly Becker gathers together what others might discard because of their broken joints, chipping paint or worn sheen. She arranges them into what she calls assemblages, basically using them as her tools to create he quirky and intriguing illustrations. “One man’s treasure …”, after all.
Portland-based illustrator and cartoonist, Angie Wang uses some uniquely beautiful colour palettes. I love the unusual combination of colours in the first image here, where peach, purple, orange, mustard and a deep shade of pink work surprisingly well together. She regularly uses different palettes to create varying moods in her work. Below, you can see how a different set of colours moves her work from luxurious, to more realistic, to bold and more cartoon-like.
Polish illustrator, Grzegorz Domaradzki aka Gabz, patiently creates beautiful, photorealistic pencil drawings, then renders them digitally to give them a defining, contemporary edge. It’s always good to see a high quality of genuine skill holding its own in images that obviously have a large digital element to them.
Simple, clear visual communication of ideas is what draws me to Angus Greig‘s work. The messages he constructs within his images are clever but not so abstract that they might be difficult to understand or get lost among the details of the drawings.
Posted in: Pencil Illustration
In the album artwork and portraits shown here, Iain Macarthur embellishes realistic pencil drawings with decorative flourishes and detailed forms. He lists Klimt and Mucha as inspirations, which can definitely be seen in his love of pattern and adornment.
Posted in: Watercolour Illustration
I love the lush swathes of ink running and bleeding into one another in Stina Persson‘s watercolour illustrations. Choosing when and where to let the colours seep and collide, and when to take a more controlled approach to her mark making gives her work a nice mixture of freedom and design.
Looking through Jeremy Dower’s digital paintings, you might think you’d stumbled upon a collection of alien life forms preserved in formaldehyde. His characters are bizarre but often cute, always sitting it an atmosphere that is soft and delicate, while also teasingly suggestive and surreal.