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Jovellanos, Arielle

It’s impossible not to love the comic book style of Arielle Jovellanos. Fresh and light in tone, it’s set to take the graphic novel aesthetic into all sorts of new areas and Arielle is clearly an artist with a passion for visual storytelling.

Her big breakthrough came with her 2015 high school romance School Spirit – 60 pages of high quality artwork. The publication received an Eisner nomination, which is the pinnacle in the world of comics. Today the artist is working with a range of top names in publishing, and looking for new people to collaborate with bringing stories to life.

A Filipina-American, Arielle grew up watching Disney movies and drawing her own variations on Sailor Moon in the margins of her schoolbooks. Today, she loves musical theatre, collects playbills, and her biggest influences are the manga artist Rumiko Takahashi, the book Howl’s Moving Castle, and Studio Ghibli’s movie Kiki’s Delivery Service.

Arielle graduated from Parsons The New School for Design with a dual degree in Illustration and Fiction writing in 2014.

Most of Arielle’s work is entirely digital – she sketches, draws the lines and colours her images on her Cintiq tablet. Pinks, blues and purples form her main palette.

Everything is a character’ is a piece of advice that guides Arielle’s comic art style. It means she focuses on creating tiny narratives within each image, using body language, facial expression, clothing and background detail. This builds personality in her work and makes people viewing it wonder what will happen next.

Client List Audible Little Brown & Company Oni Press Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center IDW Publishing B**** Media National Inventors Hall of Fame

Turnbull, Tracy

After graduating, Tracy Turnbull worked in fashion design for several years and along the way began accepting illustration commissions for fashion books. Later editorial clients came knocking and it turned into a full-time thing. She combines her career in fashion illustration with teaching the subject at Northumbria University. At her home in Newcastle she has a husband, and a dog called Dave. She’s scared of fish, used to be a goth and has performed at Glastonbury.

Tracy graduated from Newcastle Polytechnic (now Northumbria University) with a BA Hons in Fashion Design.

Initial drawings are done either on paper, or on screen using her Wacom Cintiq. Tracy then colours her work digitally using Photoshop.

Just as fashion is always evolving and changing, Tracy likes to keep her work fresh and contemporary. Her style changes a lot, influenced by what’s current in illustration as well as what’s on the catwalk. When she gets bored with one style, she experiments and adapts. Lately, she’s been working in pencil and mixing it with strong colour.

She likes to draw strong characters with unusual features, and her training in fashion design certainly comes in handy when she renders garments. She understands clothing construction, proportions, and how draped fabrics look, which comes across in her work.

Client List Nylon Magazine Benefit Cosmetics Pro Hair and Beauty Magazine L'Oreal Professional Perseus Books MGA Entertainment Readers Digest US Sportsgirl Australia Portas Agency Tigi Bedhead Quarto Books D'Addario Quarto Publishing Barbour

Scott, Vicky

Growing up in West London near Richmond and the Thames, Victoria Scott was always drawing and making things as a child, and knew from an early age that she wanted to be an illustrator.

Her influences come from the early 20th century, such as Art Deco and Art Nouveau, but she also enjoys a bit of 60s psychedelia.

Vicky went to the Wimbledon School of Art and Design for foundation, and then went to the University of Brighton to gain a BA in Illustration.

All of Vicky’s illustrations are created as handmade paper collages. By its very nature, Vicky’s work is highly figurative, and you’d describe it as quirky, colourful, bold, graphic and a little retro. She likes to bring a narrative element into her work as much as possible.

Client List Microsoft Volkswagen Radio Times Top Sante magazine Dobbies Garden Centre Paperchase The Elephant Parade Bayer Regents College Queen Mary's University

Armstrong, Gail

Gail Armstrong has been creating paper sculptures for over 20 years and her enthusiasm for the medium hasn’t waned one snip. She still wants every image she creates to be better than the last, and this approach has led to plenty of awards, including a Cannes Gold Lion for her Kleenex campaign. She finds inspiration in contemporary art and, not surprisingly, the huge Paperchase outlet on Tottenham Court Road in London.

Gail did her foundation course at Sheffield Polytechnic before gaining both a BA and Post Graduate Diploma in Graphic Design and Illustration at Glasgow School of Art.

Though finally rendered in pieces of paper that have been carefully cut and glued together, each image Gail creates begins as a series of drawings. As she explores the composition and various concepts, she focuses on creating something that has both style and substance to it. The result is usually a photograph of her artwork, which viewers love to see more than once, poring over the textures, colours and patterns in the final construction.

Awards
Shortlisted in AOI Illustration Award 2014 - Research and Knowledge category for “Life Cycle of a Butterfly”

Asiago International Award for Philatelic Art 2012 - winner for “Land” stamp in set of 3 for United Nations conference on sustainable development in Rio

Cannes Gold Lion 2010 – Billboards Cannes Bronze Lion 2010 – Illustration Cannes Bronze Lion 2010 - Press The Big Won 2010 – 1st in Press Campaigns Creative Circle Awards 2011 Silver in Illustration (Craft Print) Creative Circle Awards 2011 Bronze in Magazine Campaign (Press) Creative Match Flair Award for Illustration 2011 Daler Rowney Award for Outstanding Paper Sculpture 1997

Client List
SunSense, Kleenex, United Nations, Charles Darwin University, Nestlé, Sogo Hong, Kong, Sandoz, Macy's, MidFirst Bank, California Lottery, Delta TechOps, Safeguard Handwash and Jack-In-A-Box.

Maguma

MaGUMa is the pseudonym for Spanish artist Marcos Guardiola Martín, who is based in Madrid and works for a growing number of publications and international brands.

Inspired by artists like Moebius and Milano Manara, as well as old adult comics like Metal Hurlant and El Vivora, MaGUMa has developed a style that’s bright, tactile and a little surreal.

MaGUMa studied at the School of Architecture in Madrid, but also took the opportunity to learn abroad in Mexico and Portugal during his education.

Although he works digitally, using a Wacom Cintiq graphics tablet and digital painting software, MaGUMa’s work has an increasingly handmade feel.

MaGUMa’s style will remind you of classic mid-20th century illustration work done in pastel or gouache, and sometimes it looks like a silkscreen print saturated with ink. He strives to give the work a tactile quality, inviting the viewer to try and touch it to feel the texture. Strong concepts and colours are also prevalent in his pictures.

Client List El País Courrier International El Malpensante Yorokobu Amanuta Tara Books

Richardson, Jack

Jack Richardson is an English illustrator in New York, with a clean and fresh comic book style that often features a touch of the unusual.

Originally from the South East of England, Jack is now based in Brooklyn where he does what he loves most – drawing.

Some of Jack’s main influences include the classic comic artists Alex Toth, Jean Giraud (Mœbius) and Hergé, as well as the painter Daniel Heidkamp and the photographer Robert Adams.

Jack took a foundation course at Hastings College in the UK, but beyond that his skills are self-taught. “My father is a professional illustrator, so as well as learning from him I got to see what is required beyond good ideas and draughtsmanship,” says Jack.

With his strong, expressive lines and flat colours, Jack’s style is rooted in the world of hero comics. He strives to bring a narrative to each individual image, and there is often an added layer of meaning, a hint of humour or something slightly unusual in his work.

Client List Vogue La Mer cosmetics Cosmic Strip (the band)

So, Caroline

Imagination, adventure and emotion are at the heart of Caroline So’s fashion and beauty illustrations, and they’re ingrained in her personality as well. Originally from Southern California, she set off for the Big Apple at 17 with the goal of working in fashion and she hasn’t looked back since. Now she finds herself producing stylish and elegantly whimsical imagery for the biggest names in fashion and beauty, with a portfolio that’s going from strength to strength.

Caroline has 10 years of experience working as a fashion designer, and that background helps her find the right solutions for her clients with every image she creates.

Her inspirations include Francis Bacon and Egon Shiele, and she loves collecting novel perfume bottles, secretly watching reality TV, and backpacking.

Caroline has a bachelor’s degree in Fashion Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology. Her philosophy has always been to carry on learning new techniques to broaden her skills and style. She continually explores fresh processes and effects, enabling her to impart emotion, energy and a touch of attitude into her clients' projects.

Caroline’s style is bursting with emotion, whimsy and life. She likes to bring a touch of joy to everything she does, and gives her subjects a sense of playfulness, delicacy and quirkiness.

Client List Fresh Beauty Marc Jacobs Beauty Kate Spade New York NYDJ Lou and Grey Ines Di Santo Designow LIA Fashion Vanilab

Masunouchi, Asako

Having studied philosophy in Japan, Asako came to Brighton to pursue her childhood love of illustration, in which she achieved a further degree. Since then she has spent some years building a career in Japan, before moving to Greece in 2009. Recent achievements include learning how to swim the backstroke and mastering basic Greek verb conjunctions. Asako likes to find humour and heartiness in everyday life. This, along with a little nostalgia, forms the inspiration for her work.

Poloni, Giordano

Introducing Giordano Poloni. Resident of Milan, Giordano's experience in the creative industry builds from motion graphics designer through a journey to illustrator. Inspired by his huge collection of comics, music videos, movies and photography books, and above all, colour, he creates digital artworks highly reminiscent of his Italian heritage.

Serafin, Kasia

Originally from the south of Poland, Kasia travelled to Scotland to complete a degree in Visual Communication and Illustration at Gray’s School of Art. Kasia’s passion for illustration is reflected in her one-of-a-kind designs and playful solutions. She has a fully formed distinctive style and enjoys working with a limited colour palette, but it doesn’t stop her from constantly pushing her illustrations further into new territory. She’s the winner of a D&AD New Blood Pencil award for her John Lewis project - the trophy sits proudly on her desk.

Marta Orzel

Marta was born in a small town in Poland and for as long as she can remember she's been passionate about drawing. She studied Drawing and Illustration at the Academy of Fine Arts in Wroclaw, Poland. Marta currently resides in France sharing her studio with a group of friends and finding her inspiration in nature, science and everyday life.

Marta's work is a mix of plants and organic life set against straight lines, right angles and sharp geometric shapes where intense, succulent colours are used to bring a lively sense of character to her work. The images she produces are filled with mountain landscapes, deep forests inhabited by animals and fantastic creatures walking under sparkling skies.

Mulvanny, Sara

Sara Mulvanny grew up with a paint brush in one hand and a cup of tea in the other. After studying Illustration at Kingston, Sara moved back to her North Hampshire studio which she shares with her cat, Simba. Whilst this cheeky feline tries to walk across Sara's keyboard or balances precariously on stacked sketchbooks, Sara can be found creating her stylised pen and ink drawings, which she digitally transforms with texture and colour. Inspired by the age of Art Deco illustration and muted colour palettes, her charming illustrative style has captured the attention of many clients including Harrods, Sainsbury’s Magazine and Harper Collins.

Kazdailyte, Egle

Professionally trained as an architect it is no surprise that Egle has since moved on to the colourful world illustration….in fact we can attest to that, as when we met, she was a wave of complimentary hues! Over the last ten years she has created illustrations and visual language for multiple companies from well established names like The Guardian to successful startups such as Lyst. Over the years she has developed a wide range of styles and techniques. Having travelled extensively; Singapore, Shanghai, Mumbai, New York, London and Copenhagen has allowed her to develop both a deep understanding of visual styles and a wide cultural language when working with international clients all over the world. She translates ideas into shapes and colours.

Alander, Simon

Simon is a Swedish lettering artist living close to the water in Stockholm. He used to work with signage for a few years, and being around letterforms in all kinds of shapes, sizes, and materials is what started the fascination for typography, and especially lettering. Striking compositions with a lot of smart details and natural flow is what makes his designs stand out among others… and they're all hand-drawn of course! Letters aren’t the only special thing in Simon's life, even though it's a huge part. He also has a passion for specialty coffee, sneakers, dogs, cooking and especially eating food. Well, food is on his mind pretty much all the time!

Battuz, Christine

Christine Battuz was born in France and currently residing in Bromont, Quebec, Canada. She started drawing at 3 when she was able to hold a pen. Growing up, Christine was inspired by her mother’s collection of painting all over her house. She studied in Italy and received her Masters of Fine Arts at the Academy of Fine Arts of Perugia. After graduating, she was uncertain as to what to do with her diploma. A good friend who is a designer predicted and convinced her that she was an illustrator. Interestingly enough, this wonderful friend later turned out to become her husband. She has illustrated over sixty children books, published in North America, Korea and Europe. Her work appears in educational books, magazines, toys and toys packaging. She teaches art to adults and children of all ages. When not illustrating, she loves trail running and skiing with her husband and son.

Borlasca, Hector

Hector was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina where he currently resides with his wife Silvana and daughter, Micaela. He had initially studied to become a lawyer but found his true passion was illustration. He began his career as a graphic designer and then eventually developed into an illustrator. Hector published his first illustration in Argentina at age 19. His work has appeared in advertising campaigns, magazines, newspapers and textbooks in several countries including Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay and Mexico. In 2002, Hector decided to pursue the American market and during his first visit to NY, he landed a series of books for Scholastic. While not illustrating, Hector enjoys playing soccer and perfecting his tango.

Ceolin, Andre

André Ceolin is a self-taught illustrator from Brazil He started his first attempt at sketching around the age of four when his father brought home some reams of paper from work. It was in that moment that he fell in love with painting and drawing. André initially got a degree in pharmacy at UNIMEP. Though he worked in this field for several years, his artistic passion was too strong to ignore. As a young father, he was surrounded by beautiful children’s books and was always drawn to the spontaneity of the imagery. He then decided to switch gears and studied at School of Visual Arts in NYC, Melies, and Escola Panamericana de Artes to develop a signature look and learned new illustration techniques. He illustrated his first book “Um Dia na Vida de Micaela” de Cauê by Steinberg Milano, published by Editora Roda & Cia in 2009. Ever since, he has illustrated over 20 books by great publishers in Brazil such as Roda & Cia, Saber e Ler, SM, Moderna, FTD, Editora do Brasil, Editora Abril. He loves working with books targeting juvenile readers from the very young age to middle-grade and young adult. When not illustrating, he creates toys and small sculptures for his son. He also enjoys bicycling, playing his guitar, and, singing.

Diaz, Maine

Born in La Plata, Argentina, Maine Diaz, grew up drawing and painting. She was often seen drawing with her pencils or crayons in deep concentration. Cartoons captured her imagination early on and realized immediately that she wants to be an animator when she grows up. Her mother, a biochemist and grandfather were truly flabbergasted upon hearing her declaration. At the age of 16 she took a workshop and start animating, working in films like Patoruzito, El Arca (Patagonik, Argentina), Gizaku and Nocturna (Filmax, Spain). Simultaneously, she enrolled in Audiovisual Communication at Universidad DeLa Plata (UNLP). Soon after, she also started illustrating for children’s story books and educational books. In 2002 with Crimsomnia Studio, she was a finalist at Ford’s “Saldras mas” publicity contest, with “Habitos noctunos” short. In 2005 she won first prize for the character design category of Bizpills (Hi Impatc Learning Experiences), España.

Currently, Maine lives in a tiny green house where she spends time with her two cats, Chula and Lola. She loves tending her garden while Chula eats all the plants and Lola jumps and climbs the trees. Maine prefers to be barefoot while painting and singing in her studio. She is a pretty good cook and sweated several years near the oven and many pans. When not illustrating, she also enjoys swimming, writing, taking photos.

Holmes, Stuart

Londoner Stuart Holmes is now based in Australia’s creative enclave of Melbourne. Trained as a graphic designer, he felt that illustration allowed him much more freedom, and he developed a flat vector style that has remained popular for well over a decade.

Stuart is addicted to vinyl and wherever he goes seeks out a record crate to dig through. He’s also a huge fan of Southampton FC, and led the team out as a mascot back when he was seven years old.

Beedie, Duncan

Duncan Beedie’s cartoony style comes from his background in animation. Based in Bristol, aside from drawing copious quirky images, he collects clockwork robots, can identify pretty much any military aircraft and has a dog called Ivor who you might spot here and there in his work.

Billy, Butcher

Butcher Billy is a Brazilian illustrator with a fresh approach, who loves to slice up ideas and imagery in popular culture and reassemble them in unique ways. Juxtaposing everything from Wonder Woman and the Watchmen to Morrissey and Breaking Bad, his work is ironic, humorous and very postmodern. His subtle questioning of pop culture using pop art as his medium is a juxtaposition in itself, yet in their own unique way all his images seem to make sense.

In addition to his illustration work, Billy is a creative director in a digital agency. He lived in the UK for a while, and has travelled widely. With seemingly endless influences at his disposal – including Banksy, Steve Ditko, Shigeru Miyamoto, Malcolm McLaren and Andy Warhol - Butcher Billy never runs out of moods and concepts to explore.

“I like to create freely and then realise bits of an artwork are influenced by the mood of a movie by Tim Burton, the brushstrokes of a piece by Salvador Dali, with a soundtrack from an early album by David Bowie,” he says.

Smith, Henry

The award-winning cartoonist and illustrator Henry Smith is based in Salt Lake City, Utah. He’s an artist who was captivated by cartoons at an early age and never grew out of them. Now, they’re his career and he’s made a name for himself designing unique characters that are full of humour.

“A great character can be designed if you pay attention to the silhouette. Is it something we've seen before? I like to use geometric shapes in fun ways to see if I can get more interesting characters, and making my characters as weird as possible, while still being cute and approachable,” he says.

There’s certainly a 90s vibe in his inspiration cabinet – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the Powerpuff Girls and SpongeBob SquarePants are to be found there, along with classic video games like Pokemon Blue and Super Smash Bros. With a graphic design background, he’s also influenced by mid-century modernism. Henry is a keen volleyball player, listens to Country, Rock and Rap, and enjoys the company of his wife and their two sassy dogs.

Rollet, Claire

Born in France, Claire Rollet spent over 20 years in London and has recently relocated to Amsterdam in the Netherlands. London will always hold a very special place in her heart but for now she is loving cycling around discovering the Dutch capital. In her spare time she loves sewing; each garment she sees as a mathematical problem waiting to be solved.

Music accompanies Claire in her work and she has daytime and night-time playlists. Todd Terje, Kiki Gyan, Mashrou' Leila and Cosima are out when the sun’s up, and at night she listens to the likes of Hercules Love Affair, Gotye and Baloji.

Hodges, Lee

Lee Hodges comes from deepest, darkest Kernowfornia – also known as Cornwall. The sea and coastline have always been a part of his life, and today he lives on the foothills of Dartmoor, in Devon. In addition to his vibrant, mixed media illustration work, Lee is a DJ and runs club arts nights in the Southwest of England. He loves to explore and experiment with a range of creative media, but drawing was his first love and that’s what drives him as an illustrator.

Dearwater, Andy

Dearwater Illustration has built a national reputation for creating clean and thought-provoking images for some of the world's most notable design firms and agencies. This work has been featured in Communication Arts, American Institute of Graphic Arts Annual, The New York Art Directors Club and The New York Society of Illustrators.

Andrews, Chris

Chris Andrews is an Illustrator and Printmaker based in Bedfordshire, UK. His work combines striking compositions with strong use of colour and texture, resulting in digital images that have a vintage, nostalgic appeal. Chris is also known for his vintage-inspired British bird and animal screen prints which recall the graphics and fonts found in 1940’s educational books. He has exhibited and sold prints both in the UK and internationally. Clients include Ted Baker, Farrow and Ball, and the British Library.

Crush

Crush is a truly integrated design agency providing creative solutions across all print, digital and moving media. We believe in a collaborative creative process and intelligent idea generation. We’re passionate about our work and famed for producing standout creative for clients all over the world. We don’t just want to simply make stuff look good, we want to make smart ideas look great.

Javens, Ben

Ben grew up in a small town in Yorkshire and though he now resides in Birmingham he still holds dear those formative years and his northern roots. Those that know Ben will no doubt tell you he can be a bit of a curmudgeon but that deep down there is a happy soul trying to get out and those that know his work will no doubt see the battle between happy and sad in the characters he draws and the situations they find themselves in. Ben's work is often very simple but always displays a strong emphasis on colour and a carefully considered composition. He takes much of his inspiration from the books he collects about illustrators and designers from the mid 20th century and those of new artists’ that give a nod to past styles and trends. He also fills his working days with music so as to let it seep into his soul and be transformed into something that can be seen.

Billie J

Billie Jean is a he and not a she. He lives and works in Leytonstone in East London - the birth place of Alfred Hitchcock and David Beckham. He enjoys climbing trees, idling the hours away in second-hand bookshops, drinking 'Blue Vanilla' flavoured Slush Puppies, making chocolate rice crispy cup cakes, knitting tea cosies and oh yes, drawing with great skill.

Taylor, Nadia

Nadia Taylor is a designer and printmaker based in London. Her colourful prints are filled with bold shapes and striking pattern. She loves screen-printing and the whole process informs her work – from the use of a limited colour palette to the incorporation of textures and dark outlines. Her work projects range from large-scale hand-painted murals, packaing, book covers, greeting cards, gift wrap, menus and farm signs with a list of clients including Ikea, Target, Mr Kipling, and Zizzi Restaurants.

Sulzberg, Daniel

Illustrator Daniel Sulzberg is based in Santa Barbara, California, and his work is infused with the easy-going creativity that his home state is famous for. It’s colourful and fun, welcoming and sometimes a little bit zany. Maybe that’s why the characters he draws so effortlessly seem to jump to life in his illustrations.

Growing up in a town called Danville, he was always Dan from Danville. After initially trying to emulate his older brother, who was a fine artist, Dan later discovered cartoons, comics and Nintendo games. Soon, he had invented Danvillage, a place for all his whimsical characters to inhabit. It’s become the moniker he works under as an illustrator.

Dan’s favourite artists include Dali, Murakami and Miyazaki, while Prince and Reggae music keep him juiced up on tunes. He also has a huge collection of 80s vinyl from his days as a DJ.

Schommer, Florian

Berlin based Art Director and Designer working within branding, illustration, editorial design, packaging design and contemporary art. Dividing his time between personal projects and working with a variety of international clients like Sony Music, Penguin Classics, Swatch, The Guardian, Brew Dog, Jura Whisky, The Economist, Columbia Records, JP Morgan & Chase, Skoda, Jägermeister and many more.

Florian performs his own recognizable style, while also being able to adapt to his customers’ preferences. Growing up in the skate & punk scene of the 90s, he later attended art college in Düsseldorf while constantly touring the world with a variety of bands. After winning several Design awards like ADC, German Design Awards, Illustrative Nominee and Red Dot Award he became an official member of Germany’s Art Directors Club.

Fernandez, Carlos

Carlos Fernandez is an illustrator & designer based in Houston, Texas with over 20 years experience in corporate identity, logo design, iconography and illustration. His work has been recognized by peers, competitions and publications such as Logolounge, Communication Arts, HOW Design, Rockport and more.

Carlos grew up in El Paso, Texas, a city located on the border of Texas, New Mexico and Mexico. Rich in culture, diversity and history, living on the border provided a unique setting and influence as Carlos studied and learned his craft.

In 1998, Carlos moved to Austin, Texas, took a design position at a design firm and became an active member of AIGA Austin. The following year, Carlos joined SicolaMartin (now Y&R Austin), a well established advertising agency and important member of the Austin marketing scene. During his employment, Carlos refined his knowledge and expertise in developing creative solutions for marketing challenges, corporate identity and brand strategy.

In 2000, Carlos formed Fernandez Studio, a creative resource specializing in logo design, iconography and illustration dedicated to serving adveritising and marketing agencies, design firms, publications and direct clients large and small. Combining the disciplines of design and illustration, Carlos has been an important resource for supplementing creative departments with a specialized skillset.

Oliver, Mark

Experienced and versatile, Mark Oliver has a bold, graphical style that is as impactful as it is engaging. His line work, color and compositional skills are second to none, and his background in advertising means he knows exactly how to meet an art director’s brief with innovative new approaches.

Even when he worked at Alliance International, Mark took the opportunity to illustrate his own ads. With over 20 years under his belt as a freelance illustrator, today he creates imagery for some of the biggest brands and top names in publishing. Now based in Worthing on the South Coast, he’s inspired by Raymond Loewy, Hergé and Eduardo Paolozzi. Mark has a degree in Graphic Design from Middlesex University.

APPROACH
Mark has used a wide range of media during his career, from physical painting and collage through to Illustrator and Photoshop. Most projects these days are tackled digitally, but he loves to draw and paint as well if it suits the commission.

STYLES
Mark works in a variety of styles that he adapts to suit the requirements of a job. His favorite at the moment involves an isometric perspective, geometric shapes and a distressed finish with a retro palette.

CLIENT LIST
Mark’s impressive client list includes Macmillan, Visa, Toyota, Volkswagen, The Times, Punch, Faber & Faber, Penguin Books, Macmillan, Bloomsbury, OUP and British Gas.

Tallon, Ben

Loud, lively, frenetic and expressive, Ben Tallon’s artwork captures the many moods of modern life thanks to his instinctive drawing style and ample splashes of ink, brush marks and scribbles. His ability to organize chaotic creativity and turn it into a captivating image is exactly what his clients want.

Growing up in Keighley, West Yorkshire, Ben loved Leeds United, wrestling and video games as a child. They still give him inspiration today, and sometimes feature in his work, alongside pop icons and TV stars. Now located in London, Ben is passionate about creativity and is the author of Champagne and Wax Crayons, as well as the host of the podcast Arrest All Mimics. He has a BTEC in Graphic Design from Keighley College, and a BA in Illustration from the University of Central Lancashire.

APPROACH
Pens, inks, brushes, found materials and textures, acrylics, spray paint, pastels, wax and colored pencils – Ben is very much a mixed media creative. He’ll use worn out old brushes that have a little more depth and character than new ones, and favors the unexpected or happy accident. Photoshop is used to layer everything together and finalize the composition.

STYLE
Ben’s style is loose and organic, full of marks and gaps because he likes to engage viewers by leaving something to the imagination.

AWARDS
2015 – Dot London Small Business Awards – Creative Agency of the Year

CLIENT LIST
Ben has been commissioned by clients including The Guardian, EasyJet, Adidas, World Wrestling Entertainment, Comic Relief, Channel 4, The Wall Street Journal, UNICEF and more.

Tallon Type

Often, custom lettering is just what a project needs to make it completely unique while at the same time hitting the perfect note with its intended audience. And when a project like that comes along, Ben Tallon’s bespoke hand lettering service Tallon Type should come at the top of your list. Here’s an artist who can tailor the text not just to the campaign but to each individual communication with in it at a level of detail that script typefaces just can’t match.

From tight handwritten styles through to headlines in broad brushstrokes, Ben will fine-tune the lettering to the job at hand. He’s spent years evolving a range of character styles, working closely with art directors to gain a comprehensive understanding of kerning, weight, messaging hierarchies, composition and overlays to make custom lettering as effective as possible.

APPROACH
When Ben receives a brief he often collaborates closely with his client in choosing the media and execution that will give the project maximum impact. Inks, paints, spray paint, pencils, pens and found materials – the selection depends on the surface, idea, photography and time constraints.

STYLES
Ben creates hand lettering in a variety of styles, and will find a look to perfectly suit the mood and tone of the brief. For one project pen work in a clear hand will convey the right level of subtlety, while others need enormous, bright spray-painted caps. Ben can deliver either, and anything in between.

CLIENT LIST
Tallon Type clients include The Premier League, World Wrestling Entertainment, Arsenal Football Club, The Guardian, Bloomsbury, Women’s Health, Dr Martens and Comic Relief.

Patra, Jyotirmayee

Jyotirmayee Patra – also known as JP – is India’s leading artist for custom lettering, playfully embellished with beautifully rendered flowers, intriguing animals, graphic shapes and lively textures.

Based in Rourkela, JP’s passion for calligraphy has led to a career in illustrative lettering, using her talent to imbue her clients’ projects with tone and atmosphere. Botanical drawings and organic patterns are two of her main inspirations, alongside the abstract artist Jessi Raulet. She studied at India’s National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad, learned professional calligraphy from Harvest Crittenden, and has taught copperplate calligraphy workshops. JP is a hoarder of unique stationery and pens, loves fairy lights and is a yoga practitioner with an interest in cosmic energy, astral projection and conscious manifestation. “Joining IllustrationWeb was one of my manifestation goals not so long ago, so I believe I have decent manifestation skills!” she says.

APPROACH
Everything begins with an inspiring quote, copy relating to the brief, or a central image. After refining her focal point, JP surrounds it with detailed flowers, characters and foliage, playing with the composition until it’s perfectly balanced.

STYLES
JP’s type and illustrations are infused with nature, with bold main forms softened by whimsical detail. While her earlier type-based work is black and white and emphasizes her rendering skills, her latest images pop with color.

AWARDS
Winner – INDIAFRICA: A Shared Future Poster Awards – 2012

CLIENT LIST
JP’s client list includes Snapchat, Makemytrip, DesignUp, Asian Paints, St+Art India, Levi's, Snap-on Incorporated, Design Stack, Bakheda, IxIDEAS Consulting, AGoodFeeling and Hornet Inc.

Wue, Decue

Decue Wu has clients in editorial, fashion and publishing who all love her illustration work for its bold style, bright colors, optimistic vibe and the intriguing way she combines patterns and textures. She gives every project a classic illustration feel, with the hand of the artist always present.
Based in Boston, Decue is originally from China and works for clients all round the world. Fashion is one of her biggest inspirations and her favorite designers include Yves St Laurent, Helmut Lang, Hussein Chalayan, Alexander McQueen and Rei Kawakubo. “To me, their designs are fine art and bring fashion to a whole new level in the history of art,” she says. She has an MFA in Illustration Practice from the Maryland Institute College of Art, and previously studied Digital Media Art at Zhejiang University in China.

APPROACH
Most of Decue’s work is done using Photoshop and Illustrator, but she also combines hand-made textures, screenprinting and collage work to give her illustrations something extra.

STYLES
Decue’s fashion images often feature long, thin figures in a freehand style and vibrant colors. Her lifestyle illustrations usually have a more restrained palette, geometric shapes and patterns, and interesting brush and paper textures. She also creates graphic art and infographics, going for a cleaner look, using simple vector shapes and geometric forms.

AWARDS
2014 Hiii Illustration Merit 2014 Taipei Art Competition Winner

CLIENT LIST
Some of Decue’s clients include Vogue, Airbnb, Esquire, MIT, Modern Weekly China, Obscura Magazine, The Bump, Draw A Dot and Hopes and Fears.
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