‘Of Gods and Monsters’ is the name of the illustration portfolio for American artist, Jesse Tise. It’s a fitting name for work filled with weird lifeforms that are both alien and mystical. We like the vivid colours in the mixture of painting and printing used here. The character design has a ‘Lost in Space’ feel to it, with the same sense of intrigue and adventure. Jesse tells us more.
Quentin Duckit creates bright and humorous illustrations using a variety of different kinds of printing. In all of them, there’s a lot of colour and humour. His good use of line works well with the kinds of printing he uses, including screen printing, linocut and wood block. We like the use of overlaying, and the witty kind of comedy, like in his illustration chronicling the stages of mankind. He tells us more about his interests and techniques.
Cool cats don’t just get down, but unfurl and twist across the page in this series of trippy images by Lyon-based Olivier Bonhomme. In ‘Acid Jazz Essential’, Olivier composes scenes of warped perspectives, wind-swept limbs, and groovy colours.
The sun has decided to make a long-awaited appearance once again, which means spring is here and time for another instalment of Pick Me Up, a week and a half-long celebration of international graphic art. Having loved what was on show last year, we were delighted to have been invited to get a sneak peek at the launch earlier this week.
Jan Avendano’s project, “The Same but Different” has created some both wonderfully rich and delicately clean patterns by playing around with variations on a theme. The theme, in this case, being a singular grid pattern. By overlaying, re-editing and manipulating the grid, Jan creates depth and texture in an otherwise restrictive layout.
Melanie Matthews creates these energetic and brightly-coloured animal characters from her base in Melbourne, Australia. With a mixture of expressive marks, she gets their personalities to pop out from the page, perfect for captivating her young audience.
Hove, UK-based Neil Webb uses a clear visual language full of playful metaphor, which lends itself perfectly to editorial illustration. They are exactly what they need to be, quick and punchy, getting the idea across immediately.