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.
I cannot overemphasise how beautiful Conrad Roset’s illustrations are. I am particularly besotted with his work for the children’s book Ensueños. Mr Roset is from Terrassa, Spain and studied at the Joso School and at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Barcelona. Straight out of university, his online portfolio caught the attention retailers Zara. Working there for a year he developed his style and took the opportunity to learn from other illustrators.
After Zara, Mr Roset was confident to start a freelance career and, has had many triumphs working for different brands, agencies, and publishing companies. Some of his notable clients include Adidas, Coca Cola, Disney, Mulberry, Laurence King, Random House Mondadori and Wieden+Kennedy. On top of his freelancing successes he also shares his knowledge teaching illustration at the School of Design BAU.
To see more of Conrad Roset’s exquisite artwork pop over to his website.
David Remfry was born 1942 in Worthing, England and is currently living and working in New York City. Mr Remfry graduated from Hull College of Art in 1964, and almost 10 years later, in 1973, he held his first solo show in London. Since then, he has had over 50 solo exhibitions across Europe and America.
Through his career Mr Remfry has gained a highly regarded reputation as a draftsman and watercolourist. Best known for his practically life-size paintings, and his urban subjects. In 1987 Mr Remfry was elected a member of the Royal Watercolour Society. The honours did not stop there, in 2001 he was awarded the M.B.E. for services to British Art, and in 2006 he was elected a Member of the Royal Academy of Arts.
Though David Remfry is distinctly a fine artist, having never worked in a commercial capacity, in 2002 Stella McCartney approached him to produce a series of drawings for her exclusive collection of women’s clothing for ABSOLUT vodka. A rather rare move as her contemporaries were exclusively using photography of glamour models. Yet, here was Stella McCartney using Mr Remfry’s drawings for billboard advertising. Mr Remfry embarked on the project not as a fashion illustrator, but as an artist. In doing so the focus was not solely on the garments, but on the person wearing them. His drawings had more expression and incorporated a more human element that can sometimes be missed in both fashion illustration and photography. The response was decidedly positive. So much so that in 2003 the Victoria and Albert Museum exhibited the work in a show titled, David Remfry Drawings for Stella McCartney.
Sadly I haven’t found a single website that has a large body of David Remfry’s work. But you can find his pieces on places like Pinterest. You can also check out his book, David Remfry: Dancers, it has over 80 paintings and drawings spanning over 30 years of his artistic career.
António Soares is a fashion illustrator based in Portugal, and represented by German agency Candy. Mr. Soares’ soft watercolours and graceful lines give his illustrations a whimsical feeling. It is as if his figures are a vague memory, or a dream, on the cusp of fading completely.
Genevieve Godbout is a children’s book and fashion illustrator based in London. Originally from Quebec, she studied animation in Montreal, then at the prestigious Gobelins in Paris. Godbout has worked with the likes of Disney, les editions Milan, and La Pastèque.
Godbout’s soft pointillistic style is used to create tranquil scenes, vast in colour but never over-whelming. A perfect combination for children’s books.