illustrator

Ben Phe

i looooooooooove the work of illustrator Benjamin Evenett aka ben phe. he has done some wonderful reworks of classics pieces by Manet, Renoir, Bonnard, Lautrec & Matisse… i just really dig his style, his imagery puts a smile on my face. be sure to check out his website and his tumblr for more.

Ben Phe / Manet Ben Phe / Renoir Ben Phe / Matisse Ben Phe Ben Phe / Lautrec Ben Phe / Bonnard Ben Phe Ben Phe / Three Graces Ben Phe Ben Phe Ben Phe Ben Phe

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Fumi Koike

Fumi Koike is an illustrator & designer from Fukuoka, Japan. i was first drawn to her work because of her wonderful illustrations of food – wouldn’t it be cool to capture every plate you eat in this way? she has a great way of using colour and texture to make her beautifully simple compositions stand out. you can view her work on her blog and her flickr.

all illustrations by Fumi Koike

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The Missed Connections of Sophie Blackall

i watched this Etsy interview with illustrator Sophie Blackall over a cup of coffee this morning and it left me feeling so incredibly happy and warm. she has such a wonderfully inviting and serene way of talking about her work…

“i like drawing animals, but i’m ashamed to say i almost always want to put clothes on them”

you’ve probably heard about her project Missed Connections where she illustrates stories from the missed connections section of Craigslist (which is now available as a book). if you haven’t definitely have a browse through her blog, and also check out her new project Drawn from my Father’s Adventures.

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Illustration Station

someone emailed me the other day asking what happened to my illustration section. i decided to group illustrations under art when i did the blog’s redesign – but you can still browse the illustration tag if you like.

which reminds me, i have been seeing some great stuff around lately. really need to get my drawing on again.

cotton candy by mick alister:

dark waters by riikka sormunen:

work in progress by denise nestor:

by lizz conley:

2012 calendar by camilla engman:

nosebleed by sepehr nabi:

by tatsuro kiuchi:

merci by emma block:

untitled by melissa castrillon:

valentino 2012 beauty by madame lolina:

les confitures bonne maman by laura manfre:

french women by isaac bonan:

yawn for me by mina milk:

the room #1 by jiiakuann:

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Wil Freeborn

i will always remember my illustration lecturer at university telling us repeatedly that the best illustrators and comic book artists always had their sketchbook with them, and were always drawing. any spare moment was spent observing, sketching and perfecting their craft. that is of course completely true and a philosophy that certainly applies to any skill.

so i was immediately taken back to that classroom when i saw the pages of Wil Freeborn’s incredible sketchbooks. had mixed feelings of admiration and jealousy when browsing through these – what a talent.

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adam simpson & the baftas

i don’t know how i hadn’t seen these until now. adam simpson was commissioned to do an interpretation of the five best film nominees for the brochure artwork of this year’s BAFTAS (which was on 13 february) – um, WOW!

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