Emilie Sarnel illustrates pinup girls, anthropomorphic food items, wolves with attitude, and tropical countries using bold black lines and bright pops of colour. Her style is sharp and geometric while still retaining a nice handmade touch. She’s not afraid of using large swaths of starkly contrasting black and white, though there are some illustrations in full neon palettes. Her projects beyond illustration include food packaging, product design and city guides. All of Emilie’s work looks like there’s a personal story behind it.
Street style photographer Bill Cunningham is a national treasure. He’s an American institution and a style icon in his own right: he deserves to be knighted by Barack Obama for being a beacon of creative inspiration and hope in America. The popular and wildly successful documentary Bill Cunningham New York illustrated his greatness to wider audiences and he certainly has a cult status in and out of the fashion world. To celebrate the photographer and the frenzy of Fashion Week in New York, New York Magazine‘s The Cut tasked eight illustrators with creating homages to Bill. They are sweet dedications from talented adorers that make him look his best and exude his perpetual positivity and quirkiness.
Peter Donnelly is an Irish illustrator who lives and works in Dublin. Strongly influenced by 1950′s modern design, his work is inventive, bright and cheerful. Frequently his images feature lively scenes, with each one bustling with interesting characters and lively action. There’s a great harmony to his compositions and I love the vibrant energy in his work.
I don’t know anyone who quite makes art like Miroco Machiko. An artist and illustrator from Osaka, Japan, Machiko work is raw and expressive. I really love it. There’s a real purity in the way that she creates images and the work feels kind of primitive but in the best possible way.
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.
You can see more of Andy’s work by clicking here.
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!