If you run on autopilot with your blinkers on like we do while making the annual run through the gauntlet of busy shopping streets, it’s possible you may have missed some of the illustrative gems that were around. Ben Kirchner created beautiful festive illustrations for the Ted Baker Christmas campaign and window, and takes us through the steps in the process.
Dutch designers, Loulou & Tummie’s entertaining characters have found their way onto a collection of various products for children and adults. Their work is bright and fun but also beautifully designed and put together.
Judging by his work, the George McCallum studio must be a lot of fun to hang out in if not a bit cramped with all the wonderful but huge 3D pieces he makes.
Familiar porcelain forms are given a modern twist in Carolin Löbbert’s series, ‘Time Travel’.
In thick strokes of black and a few select neon colours, Carolin applies her bold, freehand drawings on the traditional shapes of plates, bowls, vases and figurines. There’s a lot of playfulness to enjoy, both in the characters and type, and in the idea of the new and the old.
In an ambitious project, 105 international artists have been brought together to give their interpretations of the same form, ‘Gerald‘. Over a two-year period the collection has amassed an impressive 120 different versions in a spectrum of styles from varying designers and makers.
There’s a good reason the majority of big budget, feature-length 3D animated films have been predominantly cartoons up until now. It’s the same reason recent films using the most up-to-date CGI have only featured more stylised humanoid characters or CGI elements integrated with live action footage of real actors. The realistic depiction of human characters is not only extremely difficult but had been far beyond the reach of the technology, timeframe and the financing for those films at the time.
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.