Category: Editorial
  1. 10

    Feb 2015

    Martin Brown

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    Martin Brown, along with his partner in crime Terry Deary, are heroes to parents and children across the world. Their combined efforts on Horrible Histories has made reading and learning more fun and accessible to many. Their work, along with their publisher’s Scholastic, have spawn over 100 titles, animated and live-action TV series, video games, theatre and roadshows, a magazine, and a plethora of merchandising. Spanning two decades, Horrible Histories is nothing short of a phenomenon.

    Martin Brown was born 1959 in Melbourne, Australia. After setting his mind on teaching he went to college to become an art teacher. However, he didn’t see it through, rather after a short couple of years working in television, Brown packed his bags and set off to see the world. Like many Aussies, he made his way to London, but unlike most he decided to stay. One can only assume it was the sun and pace of life that persuadedstar him. Alternatively, it could have been that fact that he started to get work in what he loved doing, drawing.

    Brown worked his way up, starting from the odd illustration to greeting cards.

    Side note, I went through a phase of collecting greeting cards. Buying one if I ever saw an illustration I liked. Martin Brown’s work being a perticular favourite of mine, I still have them stored away.

    Building up a reputation, Brown soon started drawing for magazines and books. His career got the boost it needed when he landed the job of illustrating Peter Corey’s book, Coping With Parents. The book was published by Hippo Books, an imprint of Scholastic, beginning Brown’s fruitful relationship them. More recently, Martin Brown illustrated a re-issue of The Adventures of the New Cut Gang. Written by the esteemed Philip Pullman, of His Dark Materials fame.

    I have waited and hoped for Martin Brown to claim a corner of the internet where he can put up some of his more personal work, amongst his commercial ones. Sadly that wait goes on. However, for now you can find his illustrations all over the Horrible Histories website. You can, of coarse, just go to your bookshelf and get down your copy of a Horrible Histories book, we all have (at least) one!

  2. 26

    Jan 2015

    Matt Taylor

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    Matt Taylor is a “Tall, semi-dashing” illustrator. At least that is the description on his twitter profile.

    Based in the sunny countryside of Sussex Taylor has created illustrations for huge brands including Adidas, Google, Sony, Paramount Pictures and Penguin Books. Matt Taylor is however, best know for his Americana inspired movie posters for Gallery1988 and Mondo.

    Taylor has also self-published a short comic titled, The Great Salt Lake, about a shipwrecked cast away struggling to make his way home. Recently Taylor produced interior art for Ales Kot’s Zero, published by Image.

    You can find more of Matt Taylor’s on his website and tumblr.

  3. 21

    Jan 2015

    Greg Wright

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    Greg Wright is a Philadelphia-based freelance illustrator. A University of the Arts graduate, Wright is the head designer, as well as a contributor, for the t-shirt company, InksterInc. Wright’s work utilises a restrained pallet, often without any shading. His simplified shapes and limited details makes his illustrations ideal for pretty much any product he chooses to put them on. All of which combines to make his Society6 shop off-limits for me, and only fit for those who have some self-control, or deep pockets.

    You can find more of Greg Wright’s illustrations on his website and tumblr.

  4. 19

    Jan 2015

    Manga Mondays ~ Nicolas Nemiri

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    Nicolas Nemiri was born 1975 in Mulhouse, France. He studied at the Ecole Européenne Supérieure de l’Image in Angoulême. After graduating and moving to Japan, at the age of 20 he was making money by doing odd jobs, including illustrating for Japanese fashion magazines.

    In 1998 writer Jean David Morvan saw some of Nemiri’s drawings and asked him to work on the comic series Reality show. Nemiri was enthusiastic but decided to turn down Morvan’s offer. However, he later accepted the offer to work on the futuristic series Je suis morte (I died), published by Glénat. This successful collaboration marked the beginning of a long working relationship with Morvan. Creating two more series, Hyper l’hippo (2005) and Annie Zoo (2009).

    Nemiri has stated some of his artistic influences include European artist Jean Giraud (Moebius), Hugo Pratt and André Franquin as well as Japanese artist Katsuhiro Otomo, Hiroaki Samura, Shou Tajima. All of whom you can be seen elements of across his portfolio.

    Nicolas Nemiri is currently exhibiting alongside illustrator Jean-Philippe Kalonji at the Galerie Glenat in Paris. It is running throughout January until the 31st.

    You can see more of Nemiri’s work on his tumblr and blogspot.

  5. 16

    Dec 2014

    Jean Pagès (1903 – 1976)

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    Jean Pagès was a Franch illustrator and muralist. Growing up in the beautiful Versailles, Mr Pagès completed architectural studies before redirecting his creative focus. Mr Pagès explored his artistic style under the tutelage of Fauvist painter Raoul Dufy.

    In 1925 Jean Pagès made his illustration debut with women’s fashion magazine Jardin des Modes. A magazine which was founded by Lucien Vogel and published by Condé Nast. The descriptive nature of Mr Pagès’ illustrations made them appealing to advertisers, and so was requested by numerous companies to produced advertising illustrations for them. Companies including automobiles manufacturers LaSalle, and shipping company Compagnie Générale Transatlantique.

    However the Condé Nast family soon got Mr Pagès back and kept him busy illustrating for Vogue, both the French and US publications. Just as advertisers saw merit in Mr Pagès’ accurate depiction, the publishing director of Condé Nast praised the Mr Pagès’ legible drawing of garments that helped prevent misleading their readers.

    Jean Pagès has created murals for many leading restaurants and supper clubs. One such restaurant was New York’s La Caravelle. St. Exupéry asked for Mr Pagès’ painting to be “bright and gay and depict typical Paris park and street scenes”. The beautifully finished murals stretched wall to wall, and the restaurant was visited by royalty, celebrities and socialist. Regrettably one guest, Salvador Dalí, accidentally scratched a mural with his cane.

    As with many early 20th-century illustrators, there is not a dedicated website or book you can go to find out more about Jean Pagès and his work. However, you can find many of his Vogue work on the Condé Nast Collection wesite, as well as some of his other editorial work on the HPrints website.

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