Recently our writer Michael Arnold wrote a wonderful piece about breaking into the creative industry called Making Your Bones. In it he questioned whether or not having a degree is really an effective or necessary way to get into the creative industry. It’s a good question and one that runs through my head frequently. Before working as a freelance designer and illustrator I studied Fine Art and Art History. It’s a time that I look back on with fond memories and a cheery sense of nostalgia. Indeed, I enjoyed my days in college so much that I recently returned to education to pursue a master’s degree in illustration. It is for this reason that I feel I must jump to the defense of education and share some thoughts on why I feel a good creative education makes a difference.
I’m constantly misplacing things! Whenever I have to leave my house, you’ll almost always find me burrowing through a pile of laundry in search of my keys: “I know I left them some place safe!” I shout while my mind frantically panics about their whereabouts. I’m hopeless! Fortunately the Russian based design studio Maximovich design have come up with a helpful solution for sieve-heads like myself. Their Pointer Here is a simple but elegant idea that points out all those important things that are frequently misplaced.
There’s a lot to like in David Biskup’s portfolio. The Bristol-based illustrator has a unique and quirky style that’s rich in humor and character. Of all his work, I was most taken by Yuri, a silent graphic novel he worked on last year. Self-published, the book was a finalist in the ‘Ligatura Pitching’ competition from Poland’s Centrala Press and was Highly Commended at the Macmillan Children’s Book Prize 2012. I love the color and detail in his work!
Janne Iivonen is a Finnish illustrator currently living-and-working in the UK. I spent the morning flicking through his portfolio and really like his work. A recent graduate from the University of Brighton, Janne has got a great skill for capturing the gestures and characters of people and I love his bold lines and restrained colored choices. The illustrations here are from an editorial piece he recently worked on for Fakta, a magazine for managers and key personnel. I just love that two-color palette!
You can check out more images below and on his site.
There’s a bit of a trend at the moment for illustrators to create wrapping paper. It’s a trend I’m happy to see, especially when the results are as good as this work created by illustrator Naomi Wilkinson. Created in collaboration with Lagom Design, the paper is available in a selection of patterns, each one celebrating different music and customs. From sailors and flamenco dancers, to folk musicians and hula dancing – the patterns are fantastic!