Anne Laval could be one of the characters we see in her incredibly rich and detailed illustrations, wandering through masses of foliage, making notes and drawing inspiration. She tells us how she uses her love of nature to inform her work.
Jordan Carter works with a creative combination of realistic pencil drawings and bold, graphic shapes. He pairs the two together to make images that are delicate yet punchy.
It would be fair to say that most illustrators fall into either the realistic or more stylised categories. So seeing someone that works in a way that has them sitting comfortably in both is intriguing and immediately draws you in.
Felicita Sala’s work is full of life and colour, and given depth by the way she uses her materials. Felicita talks to us about her technique and the road that brought her to working in freelance illustration after having started on a completely different career path.
Melissa Castrillon’s meticulous illustrations and prints treat us to a feast of colours and intricately drawn details. She often depicts expansive scenes sprawling with intriguing flora and fauna.
After having completed her Master’s degree in Children’s Book Illustration at the Cambridge School of Art, Melissa is now working on her first picture book with Simon and Schuster. Make sure to keep an eye out for that!
Thick strikes of expressive marks and boldly sketched areas of shading fill Joe Lillington’s illustrations with a lot of movement and feeling. He tells us about the parts of his process where he works digitally while still keeping drawing at the core of his work.
Exploration, drama, and adventure all make welcome appearance in the descriptive illustrations by Matthew Daniel Swan. His narrative scenes are set out in pencil or paint, and often include swathes other beautifully rendered shading.
Julee Rieu’s delicate drawings full of detail are set in a soft palette and filled with a host of curious creatures and people. We especially like the way in which she handles her shading, lending a precise hand to patches of stippling.