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    Sep 2014

    Kevin Mercer

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    Continuing with our designer/illustrator theme, I present the work of Kevin Mercer. As a freelancer Mr Mercer’s past projects include advertising, editorial illustration, book illustration, brand strategy, logo design, packaging and hand drawn type. On top of freelancing he is now teaching Illustration at The University of the Arts.

    Mercer’s combines ink drawings with collage and digital elements. The work is very stripped down, but built up with layers of texture. All the while retaining a handmade feel. His colour choices are fantastic too, they aid the technique and help sell the intentional vintage-looking pieces.

    You can see more of Kevin Mercer’s work on his website, The Large Mammal.

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    Sep 2014

    Richard Perez

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    Portland-based Richard Perez is a graphic designer, illustrator and captain of design studio Skinny Ships. His ever-joyous vector-style artwork manipulates colours and shapes until they come alive. He then sprinkle a little bit of noise and texture, giving them an irresistible rustic feel.

    You can find Richard Perez on Dribbble, tumblr and twitter.

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    Sep 2014

    Ben Fiquet

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    Born in France, Ben Fiquet is an animator and illustrator for video games and comics. My first introduction to Mr Fiquet’s work was the 2006 short animation he, and his fellow Gobelins students, produced for the Annecy Festival called Pyrats. It is one of my favorite Gobelins animations to date, and I remember at the time of seeing it hoping it would become a series. I’m secretly still holding out for that one.

    Equally adept in character and environment design, Mr Fiquet puts that to good use in his comic work. Titles include Les chevaliers de la Chouette and four volumes of Powa. More recent he contributed to the star-studded, and much anticipated, Kickstarter project Masters of Anatomy.

    Hope over to Ben Fiquet’s website see more of his work.

  4. 9

    Sep 2014

    Kustaa Saksi

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    Finnish born illustrator Kustaa Saksi has applied her ideas to advertising, installations, murals, pattern design for products, and textiles for clothing, as well as tapestries. Ms Saksi recently collaborated with Finnish design company, Marimekko, on their spring 2015 home collection. From what I have seen already, the collection features some charming retro-inspired pieces.

    Kustaa Saksi’s work ranges from the absurd to ethereal. Combining organic shapes and wild colours she creates rather unique landscapes, that are in equal parts inviting and frightening. As mentioned in the introduction, Ms Saksi’s has worked in a tremendous range of fields, crossing multiple disciplines, all the while doing it for some of the most renowned brands including Nike, Vespa, Swarovski, Microsoft, Lacoste, and Issey Miyake.

    A good collection of Kustaa Saksi’s art can be found on the Hugo & Marie website.

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    Sep 2014

    Manga Mondays ~ Tsutomu Ohno

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    We are back! Hope our absence didn’t bare too heavy on your creative heart. Today’s dose of inspiration comes from manga author and artist, Tsutomu Ohno. He has contributed to the very popular magazine Weekly Young Jump, the comic anthology Tiger & Bunny, and most recently Shippo! Enhancement.

    Mr Ohno’s predominate style is upbeat and energetic, however when sketching with a brush his work becomes less restrained and more “gritty”. However both his polished and exploratory work always show a high level of draftmanship and detail.

    You can find more of Tsutomu Ohno’s art on his blog.

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