Steve Simpson’s packaging for Mic’s Chilli sauces

Ed Tucker Reader Find

By Ed Tucker in New Design on Saturday 8 December 2012

I love Steve Simpson’s illustration work and I especially love these chilli sauce packaging designs, where he eschews his usual clean, digital lines in favour of a rougher, more painterly aesthetic.

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Illustrated portraits by Jessica Oyhenart Ball

Ben Winfield Reader Find

By Ben Winfield in New Illustration on Saturday 24 November 2012

I literally get weak in the knees when I see Jessica Oyhenart Ball’s illustrations. Her understanding of lighting and handling of form is truly mind-blowing. If all you do today is go to her website, it will be a good day.

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David Litchfield’s Drawing A Day illustration project

David Litchfield Reader Find

By David Litchfield in New Illustration on Wednesday 7 September 2011

Just over a year ago, I decided to draw one illustration a day and post it online for a year. I did it initially to practice and to develop. I completed the project last month and I’m really proud of myself for achieving what I had hoped. I feel like an illustrator now. It goes to show what can be done with a bit of focus and an Internet connection.

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Katie Scott

Cristina Guitian Reader Find

By Cristina Guitian in New Illustration on Thursday 30 June 2011

Just finishing at Brighton with a degree in Illustration, Katie Scott is one of my favourites from this year’s graduates. Her intricate watercolors resemble medical drawings, but with a closer look, reveal beautifully surreal diagrams of hybrid creatures.

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Richard Wilkinson

Michelle Wilding Reader Find

By Michelle Wilding in New Illustration on Saturday 18 June 2011

It’s quite common for Richard Wilkinson to illustrate his subjects in an isolated setting. Often they appear to be disconnected from society and going through a rough time, which forces the viewer to sympathise with their mindsets.

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Howkapow: a new online design shop

Contributions Reader Find

By Monica Davison in Cool Websites on Friday 1 April 2011

Howkapow is a new online design shop which supports emerging designers and illustrators. Everything is pretty lary and colourful, and it’s based in Bristol, not London, for once. It’s run by young husband and wife duo, Cat and Rog How, who have just started a new range of collaborations with young graduates.

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Casey Jex Smith

Gerry Mak Reader Find

By Gerry Mak in New Illustration on Friday 9 July 2010

The first time I ever consumed a certain psychotropic substance, I proceeded to board a plane and go on a trip in more than one way. I had my sketchbook, and I coped with my deteriorating mental state by drawing pictures in it. I think had I never regained my sanity and never gotten off that plane, my drawings might have started looking like those of Casey Jex Smith.

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Matthew Lyons

Gerry Mak Reader Find

By Gerry Mak in New Illustration on Monday 28 June 2010

I’m totally floored by British illustrator Matthew Lyons’ retro-futuristic work. At the tender age of 22, Lyons is definitely someone to watch out for.

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Jaime Zollars

Gerry Mak Reader Find

By Gerry Mak in New Illustration on Tuesday 15 June 2010

There’s something that seems personal and honest in Jaime Zollars’ work with the expressions on her characters’ faces as vital to the narratives encapsulated in her paintings as the compositional elements.

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Jason Matthew Vivona

Gerry Mak Reader Find

By Gerry Mak in New Illustration on Wednesday 12 May 2010

The psychedelic and surreal mixed-media drawings and collages by Jason Matthew Vivona are growing on my brain like a benign alien tumor.

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80s album covers as comic hero characters

Zolton Editor

By Zolton in New Illustration on Monday 3 May 2010

What’s not to love about the idea of taking classic 1980s album covers (The Breakfast Club soundtrack, for instance) and reinterpreting them using characters from famous comic book series’. Illustrator Cliff Chiang has done just that. And he’s done it very well, with his takes on Jennifer Beals from Flashdancing as Electra and Duran Duran as Vampirella, among others.

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Jason Jägel

Michelle Wilding Reader Find

By Michelle Wilding in New Illustration on Tuesday 13 April 2010

Contemporary artist Jason Jägel’s work features multi-sensorial work abounding with clear-cut graphic representations and eventful creature-filled scenes, which Jägel describes as a ‘preoccupation with slippery meanings and storytelling’. His line work and sense of colour is so appealing that you probably recognise his signature style from MF DOOM album covers.

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Jerome Prieur

Gerry Mak Reader Find

By Gerry Mak in New Illustration on Thursday 1 April 2010

Thankfully illustrator Jerome Prieur didn’t develop too far beyond his high school obsession with cyborgs and quasi-medieval imagery — his notebooks for biology class must have been works of art unto themselves.

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GAX aka Guy-Pascal Vallez

Gerry Mak Reader Find

By Gerry Mak in New Illustration on Thursday 25 March 2010

Though Parisian illustrator Guy-Pascal Vallez (otherwise known as GAX) probably has very elaborate and fully rendered narratives in mind when he creates his images, but it’s probably best not to ask him what they are — it’s more fun to let his beautiful work inspire your own idea of what’s going on.

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Weisshaus

Gerry Mak Reader Find

By Gerry Mak in New Illustration on Tuesday 23 March 2010

Argentine illustrator Juan Weiss makes great use of pattern and texture in his surreal images. His treatment of every day people and common animals such as milk cows and pigeons imbues his subject with a mythic power.

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