Keith Negley’s illustrations are thought provoking and emotive. Surprisingly however, this style that seems to come together so naturally is relatively new to Keith’s commercial work. Although having worked since graduating from his BFA in 2000, it wasn’t until some introspection during his soon-to-finish MFA course that he felt he’d found his voice.
With such beautiful patterns and masses of exuberant drawings, it’s hard to believe that for Sarah Andreacchio, illustration hadn’t been the first choice when thinking about what route to take. After trying her hand in different creative fields, it wasn’t until she met her now husband, also an illustrator, that she knew what she wanted to do. With encouragement, she started to develop her own work and has now built up an impressive portfolio.
The last two images of Saiman Chow’s studio space are quite telling of the work that he does. A collection of hugely ranging materials and a clean space with a thought-provoking arrangement. The kinds of materials that he works in are as varied as the hats that he dons for the many projects he work on. He can just as comfortably go from being an illustrator or designer one day to director or animator the next.
From inspiration she finds in natural forms, Sigrid Spier builds beautiful, geometric paper constructs. Her designs are clean and precise but by clever manipulation of the materials, she is able to add movement. Her technique, which draws from elements of pop-up books and paper cut, also investigates depth and perspective, adding more layers to her already rich work.
A quick leaf through any one of Laurent Moreau’s many filled sketchbooks and you’ll see that he finds inspiration in nature. Laurent enjoys more down-to-earth pleasures, gardening, sitting in fields, and it shows in his work. His images are full of decorative plants and animals drawn by someone who clearly has a passion for them. It is something he says emanates from his youth growing up in the French countryside.
Mysterious eyes peer out from the illustrations created by Ben Jones. The characters are as much an amalgamation of man and various beasts as the pieces themselves are of mixed found and made imagery. Both teeth and antennae can be seen, among other parts cleverly placed and tucked away. Each one is a combination of surreal elements that become bold, graphic statements when put together.
There are some times when you can look at a drawing and know that it was penned with a cheeky smile. The work of Matthew the Horse is full of just these kinds of images. Full of charm and fun. They are unafraid to flash the odd nipple, though only ever in the most lighthearted, playful way. All the wit is presented in fluid, inky strokes that are contrasted by punches of loud, monochrome or limited colour.