In the competitive field of design catching the attention of potential employers is crucial. Freelance designer Roxy Torres caught the attention of employers before they even got to her resume. Using pencils, protractors, rulers, micro pens, Torres hand-lettered the names and addresses of studios she was applying, creating an amazing first impression.
How an artists makes is important—but what the artist makes is nearly just as important. UK based illustrator Anne Marie Jones’ creates very moody, somewhat impressionist works that speak to a very specific lifestyle that is influenced by design, city living, and the finer things in life. Regardless of if she subscribes to this lifestyle herself, what this artist is portraying is an important statement of where she would like to be.
Since graduating three years ago Dan Woodger’s oblong-eyed creations have graced the pages of numerous editorials, like ESPN and The New York Times, and have been part of campaigns for GiffGaff, The Webby Awards, and Oreos. It’s easy to see why. His highly stylized, comic book figures have an all-age appeal to them that’s eager to be snapped by companies large and small to give them the charming and cheeky edge they need.
What I love about his work is the Where’s Wally-esque packed-in nature of his pieces where every element is an illustration in itself. Minimalism isn’t in his repertoire. I spoke to Dan about his work and the role education played in his comeuppance (there’s a theme here!) as well as future projects and how he almost became a golfing instructor, to give you young’uns an insight into the mind of an illustrator.
Los Angeles based illustrator and Art Center grad Jesse Tise updated his portfolio a few days back and there’s lots of wonderful work to look through. It’s nice to see Jesse’s style already starting to shift, moving away from an abstract, monster-centric vibe to a more illustrative, more personal feeling. I really love the illustration above which was done for ai-CIO magazine. The color palette is phenomenal, and all the varying plant textures so fun to look at.
Looking back over the year one of my favorite discoveries has been the work of French-Italian artist and writer Yan Nascimbene. Sadly I only discovered Nascimbene’s work when tributes came flooding in after his death in February. I was soon to discover what a great talent we lost. Influenced by Japanese artwork, Nascimbene’s image shows lush landscapes and tranquil natural scenes painted with delicate restraint and control. His skillful watercolors bring a gentleness and a calm to each scenes and one could easily spend a whole day peacefully getting lost in his work.