Scott Martin is a Canadian artist and designer better known as Burnt Toast Creative. Some of his clients include Fast Company, Red Bull and Dropbox.
While at first glance Martin’s clean-cut, candy coloured creations may look cute, a second glance reveals that they are more mature and layered. His soft tones and “roundness” cleverly mask darker themes, such as dismembered body parts, making them seem comical.
Jeff Victor is an illustrator and character designer based in Los Angeles, California. He is best known for his comical pop-culture character evolutions and his “adorkable” re-imaginings. His work has been displayed in galleries all over the world.
Victor studied art and design at the University of Kansas. He has worked with many notable companies including Cartoon Network, Nick Jr. Animation, Warner Bros Animation, HBO, Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Playstation 2, and MTV. While working with Warner Bros. Animation he created development artwork for TV shows including Loonatics: Unleashed, Thundercats, and Scooby Doo.
Frederick Rowland Emett was a British draughtsman, inventor, artist, cartoonist, and builder of whimsical mechanical moving sculpture. He established himself as a cartoonist working for Punch magazine during the late 1930s. Emett’s comical and complex illustrations of machines were very popular. He soon began turning his drawings into large three-dimensional machines. He designed a rocket for Shell Oil, the “Forget-Me-Not” computer for Honeywell Computers and the car and inventions that appeared in the film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968). It has been said, that their joyful nature helped cheer up the nation.
Alex Mellon is an illustrator and mess maker originally from Newcastle, but is currently based in London. Whose distinct satire has been featured Frische Magazine, and Vice Magazine.
Mellon studied at the world leading University of the Arts London. Graduating in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in Illustration. Since graduating, he has worked on some varied project. He collaborated with photographer, Anna Victoria Best, for a Frische magazine shoot where he illustrating three unusual monster-inspired masks. He collaborated with fashion designer Sarah Hellen on her LFW14 collection.
Emmanuel Larcenet, better known as Manu Larcenet. He is a French comics writer, illustrator and colourist. A prominent name in Franco-Belgian comics. To date he has worked on in excess of 50 books. Larcenet is known for his humour, showcased on title Bill Baroud and Le retour à la terre (The return to earth). However, he has demonstrated a great strength to handle deeper social and emotional content, evident in Le combat ordinaire (Ordinary Victories) and Blast.
Chris W. Kim is an illustrator and cartoonist who lives in Toronto, Canada. His portfolio mainly consists of editorial pieces, but also features a few short comics rather reminiscent of the Theatre of the Absurd.
The combination of Kim’s thin crisp outline with spirited cross-hatching truly brings some unusual imagery to life. His use of disproportionate facial features and exaggerated body language help the character’s woes leap off the page. Kim’s work is not confined to just the conceptual and somber. His style and technique also brings a lot of liveliness to more humorous pieces as well.
Rea Irvin’s name might not be instantly familiar, but you most certainly are familiar with his work. Born August 26, 1881 in San Francisco, Irvin studied at the Mark Hopkins Art Institute. His first steps into an illustration career was as an unpaid cartoonist for The San Francisco Examiner. In conjunction with his illustrating endeavours, he also worked as an actor and a piano player before moving to the East Coast in 1906.
He was working as the art director for Life Magazine until American journalist Harold Ross approached Irvin to help launch a new magazine, The New Yorker. Initially brought on board just as an advisor, Irvin created the New Yorker typeface, served as the magazine’s first art editor and drew the famous Eustace Tilley portrait used for the very first issue. The New Yorker debuted on February 21, 1925 with Irvin assuming that the magazine would fold after just a few issues, but would go on to illustrate 69 covers from 1925 until 1958. All of which you can see in the book, Covering the New Yorker.
Fellow cartoonist James Thurber had this to say about Rea Irvin,
“The invaluable Irvin, artist, ex-actor, wit, and sophisticate about town and country, did more to develop the style and excellence of The New Yorker’s drawings and covers than anyone else, and was the main and shining reason that the magazine’s comic art in the first two years was far superior to its humorous prose.”