Over the last few months Astrid Yskout has been adding a steady collection of new work to her site and I’ve really been enjoying it. Living and working as a freelance illustrator in Belgium, Astrid has been creating illustrations for a selection of interesting projects for a while.
Take for example the picture above, it’s called ‘The Wardrobe of Fantasy’ and it was made for elmonstruodecoloresnotieneboca; a project that aims to illustrate the dreams of children from all over the world. The dream was dreamt by Adriana, a 9 year old from Spain: “One day I got inside the wardrobe and there was ice and it snowed, and I was the queen there.” she says. It’s a pretty great concepts and a really cool illustration.
I came across the illustrations of Tadahiro Uesugi completely by chance and they immediately caught my eye. I poured through his work, delved into the depths of Tumblr, tryig to find as much of as I could. That’s because Tadahiro creates fantastic pieces which envelope these tall, beautiful women in lush, near-overwhelming environments. These world’s that he creates are filled with nuance and detail and most of the people residing in them are a footnote to the overall work.
Midwest illustrator and longtime friend of the site Andy J. Miller recently updated his website with some beautiful new work, like what you see below. What I love about Andy’s work is the fluidity and playfulness of it all, and the bright colors and interesting patterns he creates.
I originally discovered the work of Anna Kövecses on this very site. A previous runner-up of our Re-Covered Books competition, I found her work to be an utter delight. Filled with bold shapes and bright colors, there is something sharp, confident and striking in her illustrations that I absolutely love. Recently she worked with the BBC to create a small series of illustrations for a kids story-writing competitions called 500 words and the resulting work is an absolute joy!
One thing I like to do almost more than peruse a working artist’s completed work is to look at progress work, to see what work they do for fun or general “artistic practice.” These are usual found via sketchbook blogs and, thankfully, Tamaki has one of those. Her little online visual diary is a sweep through everything from New York life to fun food happenings to studying familiar forms, perhaps perfecting them for a story. They show off how talented she is, too.