Mat Pringle’s ‘The Spirit Bears of California’

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Last week London-based illustrator Mat Pringle updated his website and with it he posted a collection of excellent images from a children’s story he’s working on. Inspired (I imagine) from a recent summer spent in San Francisco, The Spirit Bears of California features a series of multi-coloured bears that keep a watchful eye over the State. I love the scale of these bears and the simple color palette which Mat uses. As he says on his site, this is a project which he’s working on at the moment so I’m really looking forward to seeing how the whole thing shapes up.

Mat studied graphic design at the London College of Communication before stumbling his way into what he calls “the murky world of illustration”. His site has a great mix of illustration work on it and it’s well worth taking a look at. I’d also recommend checking out his excellent zine The Film One which I picked up earlier in the year. Not only does it feature Mat’s artwork inspired by his favorite film but also contributions from twenty five other artists, illustrators and designers. More details here.


2 Comments Mat Pringle’s ‘The Spirit Bears of California’

  1. Mari August 23, 2011 at 12:53 PM

    It’s like these bears are both helpless and protective at the same time. I want one… At least one to frame and hang on the wall.

  2. Mat Pringle August 29, 2011 at 1:22 AM

    Hey Philip – thanks for the kind words and support – it means a lot to hear people like what I’m doing.

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