Why hand-drawn is the new black

Zolton Contributor

By Zolton in New Design on Friday 5 September 2008

There’s been an interesting trend recently in print and advertising work in particular away from the perfect symmetry and airbrushed cleanliness of vector art and back towards a looser form of hand-drawn illustration. I see it everywhere, from the middle pages of highbrow pop culture publications to the style sections of local broadsheets. And yet, it’s unexpected, especially so soon after the wave of vector art which swamped the print world just a few years back.

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In the hours after

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By Zolton in New Illustration on Wednesday 6 February 2008

Excerpt from an as yet unpublished screenplay, My Reason To Be, in which a mature and inquisitive child seeks relief from the pressures and pain of his daily existence on the trains of Paris.

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Autumn Whitehurst

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By Zolton in New Illustration on Thursday 20 December 2007

A perennial favourite, Autumn Whitehurst creates seamless vector pieces that shimmer with lustful beauty. We asked her how reflective her illustration aesthetic is of her lifestyle aesthetic: ‘My illustrations are much more streamlined than my lifestyle aesthetic. I grew up in a family of magpies and must be genetically predisposed to collecting things I don’t need. I’ll need to move into a bigger space soon or I’ll have to start throwing things out because the visual stimulation in my house is nearly suffocating. If you’ve seen the movie Max, and remember Max Earnst’s house, that would be quite close to my ideal. But I would love to remix that with the aesthetic of those old French colonial homes in Vietnam and then I’d be quite content. How it would be possible, I have no idea’.

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Evo aving-ordinary-humans-from-themselves

Kate Suters Reader Find

By Kate Suters in New Products on Saturday 8 September 2007

In the big bad world of the beauty industry, there aren’t many companies devoted to having fun and telling it like it is. Enter Evo Research, an Australian company who understand the stress of a bad hair day, but quite comically remind you how to keep it real. There are no miracle herbs, Italian mud, […]

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Autumn Whitehurst interview

Zolton Contributor

By Zolton in New Illustration on Monday 25 June 2007

We’ve featured Autumn Whitehurst’s vector art many times over the past few years and checked in with her recently about work and play in New York City: ‘It’s dandy, thanks for asking. I’ve lived here for about a decade and I don’t get out into the city as much as I used to, don’t oblige myself to go see all the newest cultural happenings because there’s always something new going on, and yes I totally love that, but I’ve committed the last five years to my work and it’s made me a bit of a homebody’.

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A heart of birdsong

Zolton Contributor

By Zolton in New Illustration on Sunday 15 April 2007

Brooklyn based illustrator Autumn Whitehurst is a Lost At E Minor favourite. She recently told the Web Esteem website about her interest in capturing human figures: ‘I have to use a photo reference to comprehend how light falls on a three dimensional form but the figures in the illustration rarely look anything like the photographs […]

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2006 — favourite images of the year

Zac Contributor

By Zac in New Illustration, New Photography on Thursday 30 November 2006

2006. There one minute, almost gone the next. With the door rapidly closing on the year, I thought it’d be a good time to showcase some of my favourite pieces that we’ve featured on Lost At E Minor over the past twelve months. I’m interested to know what you all love most too. So leave a comment on this post with the path [URL] to your favourite image or images that ran on Lost At E Minor during 2006 and why you love it, and we’ll add the image to this thread for others to check out. So, because of their colour, energy and beauty, my favourite five images for 2006 are — in no particular order — by Deanne Cheuk [above left], Autumn Whitehurst [above right] … and read on for the others.

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Vector you

Zolton Contributor

By Zolton in New Illustration on Monday 20 November 2006

Autumn Whitehurst is one of my favourite illustrators. The Brooklyn-based artist’s work is clean yet sensual; the characters flawless but full of imperfection.

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Wop-a-din-din for Autumn Whitehurst

Zolton Contributor

By Zolton in New Illustration on Tuesday 5 September 2006

Autumn Whitehurst creates beautiful vector works. Her bold use of colour allows her often cheekily themed line drawings to really leap out, creating a sense of visual serenity despite the occassionally dark subject matter.

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Al Heighton

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By Zolton in New Illustration on Tuesday 22 August 2006

Al Heighton was a runner-up in the Creative Futures Review competition in 2005 and his work has been described as having mixed messages peppered with adult humour, a bit of childlike innocence and a twist of his own North of England working class humour. His client list includes the Guardian, Financial Times, Plastic Rhino magazine, […]

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