Category Illustration

Beautiful Editorial illustration by Karolis Strautniekas

Karolis Strautniekas

I discovered the work of Karolis Strautniekas recently while reading an issue of Creative Review. His editorial illustrations are fantastic and I love the texture and colors that he uses. The images here are taken from a piece he worked on for the french magazine Usbek & Rica. I particularly love the image above which was used for a piece about education and technology in Estonia. I love the perspective he uses and – if you visit his Behance page – you can get a little behind-the-scenes glimpse of some of the stages during the image’s construction. I don’t know about you, but I love when illustrators share that type of thing!

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Portfolio Update: Script & Seal

Script & Seal

Script & Seal is a Brooklyn based design-minded illustration studio of made up of two very fine people, Gavin Potenza & Liz Meyer. Together they make some amazing work including crazy geometric illustrations to sophisticated infographics and retro-inspired book covers. I’ve been a fan of Liz and Gavin’s work for a long time now and it’s incredible to see how far they’ve come. Their color palette choices are always spot-on and they have an incredible ability to make potentially complex pieces something that’s easily digestible by your eyes.

Script & Seal

Script & Seal

Script & Seal

Helena Frank combines animals and humans in these charming illustrations

Helena Frank

Helena Frank

Helena Frank, a Copenhagen based illustrator and animation director, creates these beautiful pieces which comically combine both animals and people. I think in a lot of ways doing work like this could be cheesy but her ability to render these characters is top notch, giving the illusion that these amalgamations could be a reality. I mean, that puppy astronaut above is amazing, with those big eyes and realistic rendering of the suit, it’s too cool.

Check out more of her great work below.

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Adam Simpson Illustrates Architecture From Around The Globe

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Last November Nowness asked Moby to curate a playlist which twined music with buildings. The resulting piece was accompanied by some beautiful illustrations by the London-based illustrator Adam Simpson and I feel he really did an excellent job of combining Moby’s musical selections with his architectural choices.

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The Morgan Museum’s ‘The Little Prince: A New York Story’

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Once upon a time, somewhere on this very planet, a simple, yet utterly accurate secret was revealed from one fox to a tiny visiting prince of another world:

“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”

Whoever would have thought that it would take a talking fox within a children’s tale to so simply sum up the human condition? This fox, of course, belongs to none other than Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s famous French tour de force, The Little Prince. The Morgan Library and Museum of New York City has turned Saint-Exupéry’s beloved tale, and the stories behind it, into an exhibit, The Little Prince: A New York Story. If you’re like me, and often gaze at the stars, perhaps wondering if a particular sheep has eaten a certain rose, then you’re sure to enjoy this exhibit as I have (oh-so-very-much).

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Architecture and Love Meet in Giordano Poloni’s Illustrations

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Two of my favourite things are architecture and illustration so it’s no wonder that I love these illustrated buildings by the Italian illustrator Giordano Poloni. Giordano currently lives and works in Milan where he creates both illustrations and motion-graphics for clients such as WIRED, Random House, Vice Magazine and Smith Journal. These images come from an ongoing series called “Climbing in Love” which Giordano describes as “a personal series about architecture and love stories”.

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Juliana Futter’s Body & Life Illustrations

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Juliana Futter is a London based illustrator whose work is a bit difficult to describe. The style is understandable as they are colorful and often rippling images you may see in yourself, in your home, or in history. The subjects are a bit difficult to articulate as she doesn’t necessarily work on “just one thing.” She isn’t obsessed with a small animal or certain type of food but instead mashes together the the body with life, specifically from Classic eras.

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Far out posters by Danny Jones

There’s some really great side work coming out of Palo Alto based designers Danny Jones, who also goes by the name YASLY. His Tumblr is filled with a collection of posters that feature all sorts of random shapes and patterns, lots of cool marbling and overall a very abstract vibe. If these were silkscreened I would snatch these up in a second, but unfortunately, I think they’re only a byproduct of his immensely creative brain.

See more examples of his lovely posters below.

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Story-telling illustrations by Emilie Sarnel

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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.

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Drawing street style photographer Bill Cunningham

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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.

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