Zoë Taylor is an illustrator and graphic artist based in London. She completed a BA Illustration course at Camberwell College of Arts before going on to gain an MA in Communication Art and Design at Royal College of Art. Two very highly respected British universities that the creative industry keeps an eye on for new talent. And so upon graduating in 2009, Taylor was immediately spotted and commissions on a number of fashion related projects.
René Vincent was a French illustrator, painter and poster designer. Prevalent in the 1920s-1930s, he worked in the popular Art Deco style. His illustrations helped define early 20th-century advertising, birthing countless imitators and admirers alike. Tintin creator, Hergé, cited René Vincent as an inspiration.
Vincent was born in Bordeaux, France in 1879, but moved to the capital when he was five-years-old. His father, Charles Vincent was a famous novelist and his older brother Henri Vincent-Anglade was a renowned painter.
Ricardo Fumanal was born in Huesca, Spain in 1984. After studying graphic and advertising design, he moved to Barcelona where worked as a graphic designer, collaborating with various studios on a range of projects. Whilst in Barcelona he also furthered his studies, this time in printing techniques and illustration.
After cultivating both his “youthful spirit” and an array of visual language techniques, Fumanal moved to London. Working with clients such as Moncler, Lou Dalton, Revlon, Mango, Fred Perry, Richard Nicoll, and magazines such as TIME, Dazed & Confused, Vogue Japan, and The Daily Telegraph.
Illustrating in the traditional manner of marker, pencil and ink on paper, Fumanal’s wide range of influences including fine art, fashion and photography is applied throughout his work. His understanding of layout and graphic design is also evident in his work. Fumanal’s beautiful and realistic portraits are distorted through the use of fading lines and purposely uncomfortable compositions. Layering and obscuring objects to give us just enough, but rarely allowing the audience to see the person in full. Quite a clever technique to make us wanting to see and know more.
Old Xian (Old先) is based in Hangzhou, China. He graduated from the Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) in 2013. Whilst at university he meet a writer called Moss. The two decide to collaborate and released two manhuas before even graduating. In 2012 they released The Specific Heat Capacity of Love as well as Xiao Chou Dan Ni (aka Clown Danny). Xiao Chou Dan Ni earned Xian a Shueisha Tezuka Award and a Golden Dragon Awards.
Carl Oscar August Erickson was a prolific American advertising and fashion illustrator, born 1892 in Joliet, Illinoise. He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Chicago for two years. Whilst at art school people began calling him “Eric”. The nickname stuck and would later adopt it as his signature. At the start of his career he worked for advertising agencies such as Marshall Field, and Lord & Thomas (now FCB). In 1914 Erickson move to New York, and continued to illustrate for advertising.
He made the transition into fashion drawing his first fashion illustration for the trade journal, the Dry Goods Economist. A short while later, in 1916, made his debut for Vogue magazine. He fell in love and married a fellow Vogue illustrator, Lee Creelman. The two moved to Paris in 1920, where Erickson began illustrating for the French edition of Vogue and drawing society portraits. The couple lived in France for two decades but were forced to return to American due to the invasion of Paris in the Second World War.
Svetlana Makarova is a fashion illustrator based in Kiev, Ukraine. Without any formal art training, Makarova quit her job as a manager and began to teach herself. She studied Corel DRAW and eventually got a job as a web designer, moving to three different design studios before feeling ready to begin freelancing and concentrate on her illustrations.
With an interest in fashion from a young age, Makarova’s naturally veered in that direction. Her love of fashion and sensibilities for detail really bring personality to her characters. I particularly like her “New Old Tales” project in which she dressed familiar fairytale characters in the latest Dolce & Gabbana and Alexander McQueen collections. The juxtaposition actually works surprisingly well.
Noumeda Carbone is an award winning illustrator based in Florence, Italy. Freelancing since 2006 she has worked with a host of clients including Leo Burnett, Vogue, Saatchi & Saatchi and The Guardian. Carbone’s detailed and surreal work has graced the walls of multiple solo and group exhibition and illuminated the pages of many magazines like Rolling Stone, Glamour, Computer Arts, La Perla Magazine, and Juxtapoz.
Carbone’s illustrations balance the fanciful with the forlorn. Finicky detail sit next to fancy-free water colour brush work. All the elements are collated digitally to give a coherent, layered and dazzling finished piece.