Evolution, Mother Nature or some kind of God may be responsible for designing all the beautiful animals in the world but British illustrator Alan Dalby has taken credit. His bold and colorful drawings of members from the Animal Kingdom show a great respect and appreciation for the weird and wonderful creatures we share the Earth with. Dalby's successful prints have themselves evolved into pillows, iPhone cases and more in his online shop. Such is nature.
Behold: the work of graphic designer and illustrator Aron Vellekoop León. Mr. León has a love for bold primary colors and isn't afraid to show it. His illustrations defy the rules of modern day graphic design, instead taking inspiration from mid-century print techniques. León lives and works in the Netherlands, where he spends his days funneling geometry and abstract storytelling into high quality work that has caught the attention of clients worldwide.
"Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope."
Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!
Theodor Seuss Geisel (March 2, 1904 – September 24, 1991) was an American writer, poet, illustrator and political cartoonist most known for his many successful children's books. Seuss was known for his use of anapestic tetrameter, a memorable and catchy rhythm best suited for comical and melodic poems. Over the course of his career, Seuss published over 46 children's books and many were later adapted into films. Seuss's best selling and most famous works include the titles: Green Eggs and Ham, The Cat in the Hat, One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, Horton Hatches the Egg, Horton Hears a Who!, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Seuss was a strong supporter of the US army during the Second World War and worked in advertising during The Great Depression, a medium that let him explore both illustration and wordplay. March 2nd, Seuss's birth date, was adopted as the yearly "National Read Across America Day," in an attempt to inspire children to read more.
We're all artists in our own right but even the most imaginative illustrators and designers can get a little stuck sometimes. This new book Comics Sketchbooks: The Private Worlds of Today's Most Creative Talents is a collection of sketches and doodles from the people who so passionately inspired us. Featuring rough and unpublished work from the minds of Jim Steranko, Bill Plympton, Peter de Seve, Ann Telnaes, Robert Crumb and more.
"I wish you all good things. Live your life, live your life, live your life."
Maurice Sendak, beloved author and illustrator of children's books, passed away on May 8th, 2012.
Sendak's words and artwork ignited the imaginations of children and adults around the world. We mourned the loss of a great artist and inspiration, but we are thankful for what he has left us with. Tonight, as I listened to NPR Fresh Air interview with Terry Gross - one of the most soul-stirring interviews I've ever heard - I mourned all over again.
Here is the last five minutes of that interview, illustrated by Christoph Niemann.
Thank you, Inna.
The work of illustrator Jay Fleck is bold, beautiful and bursting with imaginings of faraway lands and fantasy playgrounds. His graphics are universal and full of heart: inspired by the literature of his childhood and the supportive internet communities of today. Jay Fleck talks to us about his designs, his process, and his own youngsters.
The illustrations of Anoushka Matus are colorful, evocative and simple - they remind me of a childish sensibility where art had no restrictions or rules, you just drew whatever made you happy. Her work is varied in theme but always features the same style and personal flourish - broad brush strokes, gentle colors and attention to fun. Her playful and talented worldview has caught on, gaining this young graphic design graduate clients such as Vanity Fair, Cookie Magazine and Victoria's Secret. See more of Anoushka's work below.
Gareth Miller has made an online name for himself by illustrating the imaginings of children, who send in their "rough drafts" to his site. He claims to "bring their visions a bit closer to reality" but what he's really saying is, "Kid, you have a long way to go. Watch how the pro's do it." A cute idea.
The Happiness Project is brought to you by architectural artist Mark Lascelles Thornton, who uses a rotring pen on white paper to create these incredibly detailed grayscale representations of major cities. So far, Thornton has covered Chicago, New York, London, and a few Asian cities, including Kuala Lumpur and Taipei. The final project includes eight panels which span eight feet by five feet, and are viewable in detail on the artist's tumblr.