Some of the more memorable children’s book illustrations aren’t the ones that tell the story, but the ones that encourage the child’s imagination. Wrapped up warm at night, they can stare at the large, filled page, while someone reads the words over their shoulder. The more detail and scale, the stranger and more alien, the more building blocks they have to run with.
A keen eye for life’s daily, overlooked events and charming pencil illustrations are simple ingredients, but combined by Thoka Maer to create a wonderful series of one-line comics. Her observational humour is immediately relatable, intentionally made without text to convey common occurrences of modern life, wherever you are in the world. However, we equally like her straight-forward pencil work in both ‘It’s No Biggie’ and her more abstract pieces.
We really like the combination of found textures and hand-drawn elements that come together is Dante Terzigni’s work. You can see his play with materials and mark making in his sketch books, which are a wonderful mashup of cut paper, sourced patterns, and drawing. He mostly works on computer, but the energy that comes from putting pen or scissor to paper is retained in his more polished illustrations.
There are delicate washes of colour and rich layers of ink in Estela A. Cuadro’s work. The fine lines and bleeds build up her drawings that are powerful in their decoration and detail. We like the overall effect of a sometimes pretty, sometime dark fairytale.
At a time when many people’s lives are lived through screens in their hands, on their laps or desks, the world of print needs to adapt. A quick look down the train carriage at the amount of e-book readers and you’ll see that people are embracing the digital word for its convenience, but it’s easy to see why some might be worried. Luckily, new apps like Scrawl magazine hint at things to come.
The sweeping curves and angle-bodied figures of Julianna Brion’s work first made an appearance on AOTM when we took a look at a selection of artists featured on Poolga. We thought her charm-filled illustrations deserved a closer look.
Fabulous Noble is a new agency that has recently launched with the purpose of getting personalised contemporary visual art onto the walls of the everyday household. They have a clear agenda, wanting to establish illustration in an arena traditionally occupied by fine art, but also to change how it is viewed in the broader sense.