Bundles of insane characters are stacked to the edges of every frame in Takayo Akiyama’s wonderfully chaotic comics. Even without the equally surreal stories, you could spend hours pouring over the uniquely weird characters, wondering what’s going on. But, there are stories, with reoccurring themes of drinking and mayhem.
Daniel Fishel’s portfolio is full of interesting editorial illustration in inky textures. We like that the images he makes are driven by ideas but also the gritty strokes of the brush and his hand-drawn lettering. Other work on his site is described as ‘limited colour’.
Like stills from a film, some designs can have quite a cinematic feel to them. Patrick Leger’s work has a flavour of classic illustration. Undeniably good drawings are cleverly lit in dynamic compositions. His ink work is descriptive, ever engaging and emotional. With a single image, you are pulled in further, with a sense of only grasping a fragment of a larger story.
Award-winning design studio, La Boca specialise in illustration but work on any number of different kinds of projects. Since their setup around ten years ago, they have won awards for poster design, print campaigns and billboard design to name a few. Their list of clients is as diverse as their work, ranging from Ray Ban, to Ninja Tune and Studio Ghibli.
Here are some examples of the superbly choppy mixed media forms from Polish artist, Aleksandra Niepsuj. Her images are made with an ongoing collection of found textures.
By picking up interesting pages from old magazines and books, and redering them through a process with a photocopier, Aleksandra builds up a bank of surfaces. She then collages them into her work to give it the layers and tactility we see.
The year started off on a high for this young illustrator with the news that he’d been nominated for a BAFTA. Having only recently graduated from an MA course, it’s a great achievement for Eamonn O’Neill and a superb place to start on his career path.