Colourful Playtime in Illustrations by Emmanuel Kerner

Candy-coloured mountain ranges, succulent foliage, and grinning bears are a few of the highlights to take in en route through the bright and lively worlds depicted in Emmanuel Kerner’s illustrations.

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Emmanuel’s characters are loud, fun, and unashamedly silly. He likes to think of his work as a reaction to the ridiculousness of the everyday with his wide-eyed faces having fun in spite of it all.

He talks to us about how he got started and some of the projects he’s most enjoyed along the way.

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My name is Emmanuel Kerner and I was born in the north of Paris, France, very close to the flea market in 1969.

My career started at school, trying to copy Japanese robot drawings in my notebooks instead of doing my homework…

To define my work, I say that I’m trying to show my vision of life, amused by all the nonsenses you have to deal with everyday… I also try to have a personal palette of colors…

I work every day, commission or not and I try to improve myself as much as I can.

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Mid-century illustration inspires me a lot! I’m also inspired a lot by folk art from all over the world. Most of the time, I start my drawing on paper, doing the black outlines with a pen, then I scan it and put in all the colors digitally in Photoshop!

I’ve been working as an illustrator for twenty years now, so there have been many exciting projects over all the years!

As I love music, I would say that designing some record covers and party flyers was really exciting for me… Working for prestigious American magazines such as New York Times, Wall Street Journal or Washington Post to name a few was also very challenging!

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© Emmanuel Kerner, 2016

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