I’ve been living in London for more than two months and I’m only now just starting to properly learn all of the city’s boroughs. Fortunately illustrator and designer Jack Noel is putting together an ongoing series of prints that celebrate the character and personality of each of these main central boroughs and they look fantastic!
I just love these paintings by the Portland-based painter Meghan Howland. Many of her portraits carry a recurring bird motif and this adds a dreamlike and surreal quality to her images. Dark and mysterious, these painting feel fragile; as though we’re glimpsing a single fleeting moment. The birds add bright flashes of color that often contrast with the tenderness of her subjects. It’s difficult to read into the meaning behind this work but it’s hard not to fall for it’s mysterious beauty.
More work from Meaghan can be see on her website here. For those near Boston this month you can also see a selection of her work at the Seventeenth Annual Boston International Fine Art Show (21st-24th).
I first discovered the work of the English illustrator Claire Softley through It’s Nice That. Claire’s got a beautifully distinctive style which often combines 2D, 3D, collage, ink, paint and digital imaging. It’s a strange combination but – if you ask me – the resulting work is just perfect!
Who doesn’t love a good illustrated map – particularly when they look as great as these ones created by the London-based illustrator Alex Mathers! Born in Denmark, Alex is a self-taught illustrator and writer who has worked with clients such as Time Out London, Google and Saatchi & Saatchi, NY. Specializing in digital vector maps and landscapes, Alex says that he was strongly influenced by a geography degree he completed seven years ago. It’s clear to see the influence and his maps are absolutely beautiful.
Some of you might remember Alex from the desktop wallpaper he made for the site more then 3 years ago. It’s fantastic to see how much his work has grown and developed since then. You can see more of it on his website, or check out his site for creatives called Red Lemon Club and the illustration platform he runs called Ape on the Moon. Busy guy!
Consisting of 240 million individual road segments, All Streets is a staggering map of the US created by Fathom Information Design. Containing no other features, the map emerges simply by the roads that are marked on it. There are no outlines here, with no cities outlined and other terrains marked. It is – as the title suggests – simply all streets.