Category: News / Exhibitions
  1. 20

    Nov 2013

    100 Illustrators

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    Editor’s Note:

    Culled from our Illustration Now! series is this selection of today’s most successful and important illustrators from around the globe. In his introduction, Steven Heller fleshes out the challenging process of narrowing down a field of 600 illustrators to a selection of the 100 most significant. The final cut, including artists such as Istvan Banyai, Gary Baseman, Seymour Chwast, Paul Davis, Brad Holland, Mirko Ilic, Anita Kunz, and Christoph Niemann, provides a snapshot of the highly dynamic and diverse world of contemporary illustration.

    The Book Review:

    TASCHEN is widely revered for their subject mater, high quality, and grand formats of their books. Their latest tome, 100 Illustrators, is no exception. A large textured slipcase encloses the two volumes. The covers themselves working as teaser for what’s inside. The pages are thoughtfully plotted, retaining emphasis on the gallery aspect of the book. Though there is plentiful information per illustrator (presented in English, French, and German no less), thanks to the large format of the book, both images and words sit without compromise on the page.

    The variety of illustrators featured span numerous fields. However, I would say editorial illustration takes centre stage, with a spotlight on 2D illustration. There is a host of very famous features including eBoy, Gary Baseman, Jeremyville, and Gary Taxali. It is always great to see their work so magnanimously presented. I was also quite pleased to see some illustrators previously featured on The Lounge, such as Daniel Egnéus, Gez Fry, Kako, Tara McPherson and Autumn Whitehurst.

    As you can imagine with a book this rich in content I was introduced to a superb list of illustrators. That list includes Peter Diamond, Minni Havas, Patrick Hruby, Roberto Parada, Yuko Shimizu, and Yuri Ustsinau. Which leads me on perfectly to what this book accomplishes best. It is a platform for expanding your own illustration sensibilities. 100 Illustrators exposes it’s readers to a host of styles and techniques for their consideration. When one is presented with a collection, this vast, of illustrators at the forefront of their field it becomes difficult not to draw inspiration and learn from their work.

    One qualm I do have is the prominence of editorial illustration, it would be much more beneficial to see work crossing a multitude of illustration fields, such as animation, design, visual effects, video games, and street art. If a book is presented as an overview of illustration, and essentially focuses on a single field of illustration, it can limit a reader’s perception of the art form as a whole. However this does not take away from the fact that work in the book is first-rate and is exhibited at the highest standard. 100 Illustrators will be released this December, retailing at the fantastic price of £34.99. I would highly recommend it, especially for illustration students, it will make an excellent Christmas treat.

    100 Illustrators
    Hardcover, 2 vols. in slipcase
    640 pages
    240 x 316mm
  2. 26

    Jul 2013

    Mr. Penfold Show London

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    I’m very excited about Mr. Penfold’s solo show in lively Camden Town next week! It runs from the 1st to the 4th of August. If you are in London during this time, pop in and show some support! Here’s a press release for the show:

    The highly anticipated debut London show for Mr. Penfold is finally here, Thursday 1st August is the date to save. Showcasing new works from the artist, the series will feature new paintings on three materials: wood, canvas and paper. The work sees Penfold delve deeper into his love for both abstract art and graffiti, a fusion which the artist has been developing and nurturing over his career.

    An exclusive new Silkscreen Print, hand printed by the artist, will be available on the opening night.

    Cult Events presents this private view offering a selection of gourmet food and tasty cocktails for all guests.

    In collaboration with Honest Brew & Camden Collective, an exclusive beer designed by Mr. Penfold himself will be available to competition winners and those lucky enough to get their hands on one.

    An evening with Mr. Penfold is a dining experience in which the diner is fully immersed into the mind of the artist. A carefully curated space by Mr. Penfold himself draws the guest into his abstract world; full of colours and shapes that make the basis of his conceptual street art.

    Cult Events has designed a deconstructed menu of drinks and food to work in sync with the set design as well as the art; taking the diner on an aesthetic journey which will challenge three main senses; from taste to smell as well as vision.

    Running only for 4 days after the private view of Penfold’s art, this is an exclusive experience not to be missed!

    Mr. Penfold says:

    I’ll be releasing a new Screenprint edition on the opening night. The info for the print is: 5 colour Screenprint on somerset soft white. Edition of 25 + 4 APs. 60 x 50.5cm, £110 unframed.

    Best of luck! I’m sure it’ll be an amazing show.

  3. 16

    Jul 2013

    Giveaway! Beginner’s Guide to Creating Manga Art

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    Continuing the jubilations of our newly reinvigorated website, we have a wonderful competition for all our dedicated Loungers. The kind folks at 3DTotal have supplied us with a copy of Beginner’s Guide to Creating Manga Art to give away!

    Book Description:

    Beginner’s Guide to Creating Manga Art explores the topic of manga art, starting from basic character design and progressing to full color images. Industry greats including Steven Cummings and Gonzalo Ordoñez open a window into their world and present tutorials covering everything from drawing features, anatomy and expressions to designing clothing, perfecting poses and coloring characters with a variety of traditional and digital artistic tools. Bursting with knowledge and brilliant artwork, Beginner’s Guide to Creating Manga Art is an unmissable title for anyone wanting to learn how to capture that classic manga style.

    For your chance to win a copy, you must simply do two things:

    1. Firstly you need to follow either our Facebook page or our Twitter (if you are not already following us).
    2. Secondly you MUST answer the following question by either pasting the your answer on our Facebook wall or on Twitter using our tag @the_loungers.


    Which very famous anime recently celebrated it’s 25th Anniversary?

    All answers must be in before the 16th of August 2013. A winner will be selected at random and announced on the 17th of August 2013 and contacted via Facebook or Twitter.

    Good Luck!

  4. 15

    Jul 2013

    Jubilation! Illustrator’s Lounge Celebrates Two Years!


    Indeed, fellows of the Lounge, it’s true! This here website has been providing illustration inspiration old and new for two glorious whole years. We sincerely hope that you have enjoyed your time here thus far and will continue to knock on our ever-inviting door for a long time to come. Have a wander around and you’ll see much is new!

    We’ve re-decorated and reinvigorated the Lounge in ways such as these:

    1. The website is now adaptive; meaning all manner of screens can now view Illustrator’s Lounge comfortably. Keep up to date on your mobile or tablet contraptions from your sofa, sail boat or skydive!
    2. The Bookshelf is one of our favourite additions to the new website. Browse through our carefully selected books, click through and buy! All items on the shelf have been read and recommended by a Lounger (we never recommend anything we haven’t tried ourselves).
    3. Pin it! Our Pinterest page is crammed full of illustration goodness.
    4. Sign up to our Newsletter! We’ll be sending out our favourite posts of the month to all subscribers.
    5. Become a Guest Editor! If you’d like to share work by your favourite illustrators, tell our visitors about great events, illustration related news and more then get in contact with us for more information! We are very excited about this and hope to add a small number of Guest Editors if all goes well.

    We have several other things to look forward to, but all will be revealed in time. For now, we hope you like the new look and feel of the place and we encourage your feedback.

    What would you like to see on the Lounge? Post comments below or alternatively send us an email. We look forward to your response!

  5. 23

    Jun 2013

    ELCAF 2013 ~ Mini Review

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    I took an impromptu trip to yesterdays ELCAF (East London’s Comics & Art Festival). Having not been overly impressed with last’s years event, I simply could not resist many of the names on the exhibitors list.

    Last year’s ELCAF was hosted at the Village Underground. I felt the venue was too small making it extremely difficult to walk around, let alone thumb through comics. In the organisers’ defence, I doubt even they knew how popular it would be.

    Feeling a little dubious this time round, I was pleasantly surprised when I entered York Hall. As well as the larger venue, it felt more organised than last year, with more talks, and a broader selection of speakers and exhibitors. Publishers, and independent shops fit right in with solo illustrators. Creators were signing their comics and had more time to chat to visitors. The whole experience felt relaxed, less like a Shoreditch scene event (apologies to the Shoreditch scenesters) and more like a comic convention. It brought the focus back to the the UK comic & art scene and really did celebrate our achievements.

    In all, it seems like the organisers were more prepared than last year and put on a thoroughly well thought out event. I hope ELCAF’s success continues, and keeps growing. Who knows, maybe next year they could add an extra day, making it a whole weekend of fun!

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