Clayton Junior is a London-based illustrator originally from South Brazil. His editorial work is great and I love his use of color and shape. His work feels modern and vibrant and there’s a balance and personality to everything he makes. Over the last couple of years he’s worked with an impressive array of clients including publications such as the New Yorker, Monocle and The Guardian.
Broken Manual is a stunning series of photographs created by Alec Soth over a four-year period between 2006 and 2010. Inspired by men who have become disillusioned by society, the series shows the lives of those who have chosen to remove themselves from civilization. Consisting of portraits, landscapes and images of their habitats, the resulting work is a strange, poignant and at times disturbing view of the mysterious lives of a handful of men. Made up of hippies, hermits, monks and survivalists, it’s an amazing look at those who choose to live off the grid.
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.