When it comes to modern animal illustration it’s hard not to riff off the work of Charlie Harper. His stylizing of flora and fauna defined a style that few have been able to best. But then I saw the work of Melbourne based Marc Martin and thought to myself, “Well, that’s certainly a unique take on wild animals.” — unique meaning awesome.
Mr. Martin recently released an alphabet book called The Curious Explorer’s Guide to Exotic Animal Which features a menagerie of animals done in his unique style. Sure, you can find similarities between the work of Harper and these, but Marc’s work is unique. His animals feel like they’re created by a true right brain creative, whereas Harper’s work is very designed and logical.
These animals are made up of dazzling brush strokes and inky splatters that give each beast a personality of it’s own. My personal favorites are the hippo, with it’s unique perspective and layering of color, and the chameleon, which reminds me of a Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas drawing. Not exactly the kind if connotations a kids book might have.