I recently discovered the work of Victo Ngai and was really impressed. Born in Hong Kong and working in New York, Victo’s illustrations have an amazing energy to them and her work seems to put a modern spin on a traditional style. The results are fantastic!
I’m a sucker for maps. I’m also a sucker for Northern Europe. In fact, I’m also a sucker for beautiful art books with great illustrations, so it’s really no wonder that I’m bowled over by this beautiful map created by the London-based illustrator Hannah Warren. Commissioned by Phaidon, the map is part of a book about the award-winning Danish restaurant NOMA. Hannah’s illustration really captures the idea of the cold and rugged Nordic landscape and it fits perfectly with the design of the book.
There’s a softness in this work by Canadian illustrator Katty Maurey that I just find utterly enchanting. It’s hard to put into words, but her images have a tenderness and a sense of contemplation about them that I’m just totally drawn to. Her soft pastel colors seem to create imagined scenes of simple moments, but in their simplicity there is a really beauty.
One of my favorite places to seek inspiration is the Tokyo Illustrators Society. Set up in 1988, they have an amazing roster of members, all of whom are producing a great range of work. One artist who I recently discovered is Fumio Watanabe and I absolutely love his work. Hoping to find out a little more about him, I googled his name and was amused to discover that one of the only English-language pieces written about him comes from this very site! It would seem that myself and Bobby have very similar tastes! Anyway, since the last time we checked in with Fumio he has continued to produce some really wonderful work and so I thought it was time that I shared some more of his work with you.
One of the great contemporary French picture book illustrators is Marc Boutavant. Originally from Burgundy but now living in Paris, Marc creates great retro-inspired illustrations filled with wonderful characters who all seem to burst with personality. Best known for his series of Mouk books (and their spin-off TV show), Marc’s illustrations remind me of the work of Richard Scarry – particularly in their liveliness and the sense of bustling energy in all of his picture. I just love their retro-inspired charm!