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Eason, Rohan

London based Illustrator Rohan Eason works predominantly in pen and ink. He is best known for his stark black and white imagery, which plays heavily on the roles of composition and view point, and the balance between intricate detail and dark or light space. His work has become widely used in book illustration and more recently in advertising, where his uniquely hand crafted style stands apart from the more typically used digital art forms.

Although art has run very clearly through his family and his childhood, it was only after leaving university and a painting degree that he decided to pursue illustration as his preferred discipline. Rohan loved the work of Aubrey Beardsley and Arthur Rackham as a boy, and this devotion to and pursuit of the beautifully hand drawn line followed him into adulthood. His portfolio now bursts with the magical and fantastical scenes from dreams to nightmares, from real life to imagined creations, but all with the same single grounding fact, that of beauty and balance.

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.

Barber, Isobel

Isobel is a paper engineer and illustrator, living and working in the beautiful county of Dorset. Isobel graduated from the Arts University Bournemouth in 2012 with a degree in Textile design, where she specialised in creating illustrative patterns and print designs using a cut paper technique. Isobel continues to use this method to create detailed work and miniature sets, using layers of card and cut paper. Isobel has worked with a number of clients in fields such as advertising, editorial, branding, live illustration events and most recently film. Clients include The National Trust, Tesco, Lands' End, Harveys Furniture, Benson for Beds & Wilderness Festival. When not wielding a pair of scissors or a scalpel, some of her other pastimes include baking, prising scraps of stray paper from the jaws of her miniature schnauzer Otto, running along the Dorset coast, flowers and photographing colourful things.

Durrant, Jessica

Nature and beauty are two themes that Jessica Durrant is passionate about, and they really shine through in the illustrations she crafts for leading fashion labels, top magazines and global brands. Strikingly posed models are embellished with perfectly rendered floral dresses and feathered collars, while hints of wintry trees and wide open landscapes lurk in the details generating atmosphere and intrigue for the viewer.

For Jessica, each artwork is an extension of herself, and she lives and breathes to paint and draw. Even as a young artist she studied fabrics, patterns and garments, and knew that her future lay in fashion illustration. At the same time she developed a love of landscape painting, and has developed a style through which both these creative passions can thrive.

With experience in museum and gallery sector, Jessica opened her Etsy shop in 2009 and soon was not only making art to sell online but was being commissioned by major chains such as Target. As her career has taken off, she has continued with her personal work, experimenting with new approaches. Some of her inspirations include Frida Kahlo and Georgia O’Keefe. “I love badass women artists, who really blazed trails,” she says.

Based in Atlanta, Georgia, Jessica has lived in eight states, and loves travelling in the US and abroad.

Moreno, Juan Manuel

Juan was originally from Buenos Aires. As a young boy, he was always drawn to creating images. His first “job” was to color his newborn brother’s head in bright felt pens. He spent most of his childhood years living in the countryside and cultivating his passion for painting. After studying graphic design, he lectured at the university and worked as an in-house illustrator for different studios with clients ranging from Warner, Disney, Conspiracy and Scholastic. In 2003, Juan and his wife, Patricia decided to travel the Americas and ended up living in different countries. In 2006, they finally crossed the pond and decided to stay in Barcelona, where he started a career as a freelance illustrator.

Below are some of his most recent projects, Halloween display for Hershey’s, The Boy Who Cried Wolf by Nancy Loewen (Picture Window Books), Aprende el abecedario con adivinanza by Ramón Besora Oliva & Olga Xirinacs (Beascoa), An Interesting Pea Story by Evgenia Kolida (Modern Times), Cuentos Japoneses by Anna Gasol & Teresa Blanch Gasol (Edebe).

Bongini, Barbara

Barbara Bongini was born in Milan. She knew at an early age that she will be an artist. She went to an artistic high school and later enrolled in the Illustration program at the IED (European Institute of Design). After graduation, she pursued a career in children’s publishing, illustrating several series for different age groups for the largest Italian publishing houses. Barbara has considerable experience in the advertising field as well, designing packaging materials, leaflets, brochures, posters, characters and background for cartoon series. Barbara is also an author of several series of moveable children’s game-books and an album on modern art for children. When not illustrating, Barbara loves spending time with her 2 kids, watching cartoons. She also enjoys going to bookstores and building her own library of illustrated books. Her clients include: La Coccinella, Mondadori, Giunti, Raffaello Editrice, Il Capitello, Piccoli, Signorelli, Istituto Geografico De Agostini, Nicola Milano Editore, La Spiga Languages, Edizioni Piemme,EL editrice, Mondadori, Emme edizioni, Einaudi, Usborne, Ladybird, Penguin Group, Scholastic, Story Time magazine, Highlights High Five magazine, Parmalat. Below are some of her recent projects, How to Grow a Monster: Gardening by Kiki Thorpe (Kane Press), The Lost and Found Weekend: Sewing by Kiki Thorpe (Kane Pr), Milano. Il gioco dell'arte by Sabrina Carollo (Mandragora), Beauty and the Very Beastly Beast & Cinderella and her Very Bossy Sisters by Mark Sperring (Scholastic), My U.S.A. Road Trip Personalized Storybook by Jennifer Dewing (I See Me), Il meraviglioso mago da Oz di L. Frank Baum by Silvia Roncaglia (Emme Edizioni), Miti del mistero. Miti greci per i piccoli by Sarah Rossi (Emme Edizioni), Usborne's Magic Painting Book series (Usborne), Fairy Ponies series by Zanna Davidson (Usborne), Al lupo, al lupo! by Stefano Bordiglioni (Emme Edizioni), Classicini series (EL), L'Incredibile Signorina Frisby by Tiziana Merani & I tre porcellini si mettono a dieta by Marica Bersan (Einaudi Ragazzi), Cleopatra, regina del deserto by Sabina Colloredo & Pablo Picasso, artista rivoluzionario by Sarah Rossi (EL).

Asher, Katharine

Using a dynamic combination of color and the ‘inspired mark’, Katharine Asher’s fluid brushwork and creative flare help secure commissions from clients around the globe, in a wide range of sectors. While she specializes in fashion and beauty, Katherine enjoys tackling a wide variety of briefs, applying her expertise, energy and elegance of line.

As well as her illustration work, Kathy creates conceptual art, exploring process works and installations. Pigment, viscosity and movement are key factors in her art, and occasionally glimmers of her personal work transfer into her illustrations. She has studied graphics, illustration and fine art, and some of her influences include Paul Jenkins, Keith Tyson, Cornelia Parker, Anish Kapoor, René Gruau and Kathe Kollwitz.

APPROACH
Kathy has a spontaneous and playful approach to a brief, choosing the medium that best suits the job in hand. “One of the joys of working in this way is focusing in the moment, using a triptych of experience, knowledge and happenstance,” she says.

STYLE
Kathy’s work is often light and minimal, relying on strong lines, deftly applied and mark-making techniques. She uses watercolor and ink, using color to highlight and accentuate her figurative work rather than to dazzle.

CLIENT LIST
Some of Katharine’s clients include Swarvoski, Bulgari, Louis Vuitton, Harrods, Calvin Klein, GQ, Ministry of Sound, Royal Mail, Marks & Spencer, Max Factor and Cartier.

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.

Venables, Bob

Bob Venables is the go-to illustrator for any project that requires illustrations executed in a classic style. Matisse, Hogarth, Wyeth, Rackham, Lowbrow… whatever look you’re after, Bob will deliver. He’s a pastiche illustrator par excellence.

Bob has worked on many high profile advertising campaigns, including the Profit Hunter ads for Artemis, which have run for over a decade. His versatility, eye for detail, and ability to evoke the past while conveying contemporary themes to contemporary audiences are what keep clients coming back again and again. Originally from Birmingham, Bob worked in London and established himself on the advertising scene before moving to the Isle of Wight, where life is a little more relaxed. He studied Graphic Design at Central Saint Martins gaining a BA, and did archaeological illustration for a year before becoming a freelancer.

APPROACH
Bob works in a whole range of media, depending on what’s required by the commission. On the traditional side he uses oil, acrylic, alkyd, watercolor, and pen and ink, but he’s also happy working digitally on his Wacom Cintiq.

STYLES
Primarily a pastiche illustrator, Bob is adept at recreating just about any look – from 1930s propaganda-style posters to old maps, and from neoclassical still lifes to jolly 19th century book illustrations.

CLIENT LIST
Bob works for a range of top-flight clients including Guinness, British Airways, Artemis Asset Management, the BBC, Adidas, Sony, Heinz, Tesco, Waitrose, John Smiths, FIFA, VW, BMW and the Folio Society.

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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