I’m completely smitten with the work of New York based illustrator Rovina Cai. Her sketches and paintings are alluring, with lots of detailed line work and regularly utilizing a muted palette which gives each work a mysterious tone. You might even describe her images as macabre. I found an informative interview with Rovina on the SVA – MFA Illustration blog which goes into some depth about her process and inspirations. For those of you who are curious of how she makes such impressive work you should definitely take some time to read it.
As a part of a promotion for the new show Penny Dreadfuls director Gergely Wootsch was asked to create a series of shorts that tell classic stories in only a couple of minutes. Working alongside animators and designers Iria Lopez, Luiz Stockler, and Joe Sparkes they’ve created a moody re-telling that’s explained by writer and historian Matthew Sweet. I love that the short employs a mixture of illustration and collage, and the subtle usage of color really makes the re-telling that much stronger.
They also did versions of Dracula and Frankenstein which are equally lovely.
Over the week I discovered the work of Sari Cohen; an illustrator and print-maker from Tel Aviv. I love the colors in her work and I really like the shapes and forms that she uses. The work here was created for an exhibition called La Culture which ran in Tel Aviv at the end of May.
The exhibition was part of a whole festival of illustration which took place in the city for ten days. It was Israel’s first ever Illustration Week and it sounded like they hosted a great series of events. I’ve never heard of a city putting on an illustration week before, and this one in Tel Aviv seems to have really done it well; putting together work from some of the country’s top illustrators as well as hosting dozens of exhibitions, workshops and opportunities for local illustrators and the general public to meet up.
Sari’s illustration was selected as one of the images to promote the week and I think it’s a wonderful image to pick. Called Machine Dreams, the image is a fantastic piece of work celebrating imagination with surrealism and beautiful dream-like moments. Prints are currently available to purchase here, or perhaps even better is the possibility to buy the image on a dream journal which comes with a rather nifty LED pen hidden inside.
More illustrations from Sari can be viewed on her website.
Yvan Duque is a French illustrator who studied at the Pivaut Art school in Nantes. His style incorporates a lot of landscapes and natural elements, as evidenced by this wonderful series of island illustrations he created for a personal project.
I love the muted colors paired with the pops of green from the trees that sprinkle the islands. The subtle watercolor paper texture in the backgrounds of each is a nice touch as well. There’s a nice mix of flat and textured overall that gives each piece a lot of character. You can see more of of Yvan’s work by checking out his portfolio.
I’m a big fan of Christoph Niemann. His Abstract Sunday blog on The New York Times is always a great read and his Petting Zoo app might just be one of the most entertaining apps around. I was checking out his site the other day when I discovered these excellent prints of the Brooklyn Bridge and Eiffel Tower.
Like all of Christoph’s work, these illustrations are so effortlessly simple and so perfectly made. The idea is so much fun and the execution just nails it! Produced as a 3 color sikscreen, both images are available to buy through his website. The Brooklyn Bridge image comes in three different colors (though yellow is already sold). I’d love to see this continue as a series; who knows what other monuments could get woven together?
You can see more work from Christoph Niemann on his website. The scope and range of his work is fantastic so please do make the effort to check it out!
An Oyster, a Sand Bruise, a Gangplank. Ths is some of the vernacular used to describe the world of beach culture back in the 1920s. NY Times contributing columnist Ben Schott has compiled the best of this beach lexcion, and with the help of Goergia based illustrator Eleanor Davis, have created a visual representation of each them.
I’m currently feeling like I’m a rudder in need of some shark bait.
I hadn’t heard of Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach trilogy before but these illustrations by Patryk Mogilnicki have me intrigued to find out more. The images come from the Polish edition of Annihilation – the first book in the trilogy – with illustrations for Authority and Acceptance to follow in June and September.
Patryk is a Polish illustrator and graphic designer based in Warsaw. Besides working with an impressive list of clients in his native country, Patryk also has worked on a number of great independent projects including zines, comics, posters and CDs.
Personally I love this series of illustrations. The limited colors are great and they really hint at the mood of the books. I can’t wait to see how the next two turn out. You can keep up-to-date on Patryk’s work by visiting his website here.
I’m a big fan of sketching. It’s not something that I’m particularly good at, but I do enjoy the process of it and and it’s something I keep telling myself I should do more often. I like the sitting, studying and translating the world into lines and I love the challenge of trying to capture the essence of a place with nothing more than a series of well considered gestures with a pencil. It was through my love of drawing that I discovered the work of Gérard Michel.
Gérard is an architect from Belgium who also teaches courses in sketching and drawing at the school of architecture in his hometown of Liége. A fan of urban sketching, much of his works focus on architecture and he says that every one of his pieces is drawn freehand and on-site. With a Flickr account consisting of nearly five thousand drawings, that’s pretty impressive stuff!
Last year he released a book of his sketches of Liége which I hear you can find in the bookshops of Beligium. I can’t think of a better souvenir to come home with from a trip abroad! Frequently Gérard’s work can be found on the Urban Sketcher’s blog where you’ll also find many more budding artists and sketchers. A video of Gérard in action can be found here, while more images can be viewed on his Flickr account.