Born 16th November 1916, Miroslav Sasek grew up in Prague. After finishing school he wanted to study to become a painter, but his parents were disapproving, so to appease them he decided to studied architecture instead. He did however study drawing and painting with Czech landscape artist Otakar Blažíček, and later in 1947 moved to Paris to study at the École des Beaux Arts. Just at the onset of his illustration career, prompted by the 1948 Czech coup, Mr Sasek decided not to return to his homeland and instead emigrate to Munich.
Mary Lundquist is an illustrator based in Los Angeles. She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and is currently working on several children’s books. I assume, one at least, will be based on her character Bunny, whom can be spotted throughout her portfolio. Mrs Lundquist’s style utilise her soft pencil work by adding a simple wash of watercolours, giving her illustrations a real tranquil feeling.
You can see more of Mary Lundquist’s work on her website.
A quick thanks goes to our avid Lounge reader, Nicholas, whom bought Mrs Lundquist’ work to our attention. If you have a personal project, or have seen inspiring illustrator you want to shout about, you can email your suggestions to us via our contact page.
French illustrator Thierry Martin produces wonderful children’s comics. Between 2007 – 2009 He released three anthologies of Le Roman de Renart. Written by Jean-Marc Mathis, it is a modern take based on the centuries old red fox and trickster, Reynard. More recently, partnering with writer Loïc Dauvillier, he has released two books about a young dreamer named Myrmidon.
Mr Martin’s charming illustrations use clear linework, soft colour pallets with simple flat toning. On his YouTube channel he has a some great videos of him inking his comic pages. You can check out more of Thierry Martin’s illustrations on his blog. He also has a tumblr, where, along side his own work, he post an array of other fine illustrators.
Part of the French creative collective L’Encre Blanche, Yvan Duque brings a surreal and comical style to the mix. His landscapes are very atmospheric, comprised of simple shapes and homogeneous colours. His fun characters, large-eyed and timid, often sit with uncomfortable expressions. I really like the juxtaposition of introducing these very cute characters into these rather gloomy environments.
You can find Yvan Duque work in a few places, his tumblr, his etsy, and right now he is part of the Adventure Awaits: Destinations Real & Imagined exhibition at Gallery Nucleus, which will be running until June 15, 2014.
I am absolutely in love with the work of José Luis Ágreda. Born in Seville, Spain He is an illustrator and cartoonist working in editorial, advertising and publishing. He has worked on a children book series called Carla, which has 14 titles to date. Mr. Ágreda also received the Best Spanish Comic award at the Barcelona and Madrid comic shows for his graphic novel Cosecha Rosa, and is currently working on it’s follow up.
Mr. Ágreda’s style varies, his children book art is very distinct to his editorial pieces. His colours can range from using just tones of a single colour all the way to full colour. A consistent element throughout his work are his fluid stylised shapes. This simplified and abstracted style allows his work floats between child-friendly and mature themes effortlessly.
A graduate of the Emile Cohl school, Valérie Vernay is a comic and children’s book illustrator.
Vernay published her first children’s book Le Gardien de la Nuit (The Guardian of the Night) in 2003 and in 2005 she released the first volume of the comic book adaptation of the La guerre des Boutons (War of the Buttons). Vernay’s most recent comic book offering was in 2012, in the melancholy form of La mémoire de l’eau (The Memory of Water).
You can find out more about Valérie Vernay by checking out her blog.
The Loungers have all been long-time fans of Brandon James Scott’s work. It has it all; consideration, charisma, humour, and longevity. It combines rough textures with lush and harmonious colours.
On top of his illustrator hat, Mr. Scott he has also worn Art Director, Director, Designer and Writer. Working across an array of fields with a range of clients including JibJab Media, Mattel Entertainment, Ogilvy & Mather, Disney, and Nickelodeon. Mr. Scott is also the creator and art director of the Emmy-nominated Justin Time.
Clearly hard-working, Mr. Scott has also written and illustrated two children’s books as well as co-illustrating the The Longest Christmas List Ever, alongside JibJab founder Evan Spiridellis.
You can find more of Mr. Scott’s wonderful work on his website.