Category: Painting
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    Oct 2015

    Neil Packer

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    Today the Illustration Cupboard open its doors for their latest exhibition, The Iliad illustrated by Neil Packer. So now seems like a very appropriate time to also spotlight the much-loved Neil Packer.

    Born 1961, in the Royal Town of Sutton Coldfield, England. At just 11 days old, he and his family moved to Trinidad. Due to his father’s occupation they would continue to migrate throughout Neil Packer’s youth. Living in Libya, Scotland, Wales until finally settling back in England. All the while, the books of Alice and Martin Provensen and Richard Scarry would happily occupy his time and imagination. They helped him form a vision of the world outside of his North Africa home. They would continue to be a considerable source of inspiration for Packer throughout his life.

    After university, Packer found work as a graphic designer for small London advertising agencies. In 1984 he decided to dedicate his career to illustration. The fresh freelancer approached a publisher with an idea for a children’s book based on an obscure Victorian music hall song. To his surprise, the publisher took it up and so his very first book, The Rest of the Day Is Your Own, was published. Such an experience would later emerge to be a rarity, as it would take 22 years before he would got a chance to illustrate his next children’s book.

    What did he do in between that time? Quite a lot really. Packer would illustrate for packaging and advertising as well as a bounty of books. Including versions of I Claudius and Claudius the God, The Name of the Rose, Catch 22, The Satyrica, One Hundred Years of Solitude and Labyrinths, most of which, for the illustrious Folio Society. In 2013 he finally had his second children’s book published, The Odyssey. Written by the award-winning Gillian Cross and published by Walker Books, it is a retelling of Homer’s epic story. Packer’s vivid colour illustrations and graphic silhouettes breath new life to the millennia-old story.

    Which brings us up to the present. The triumphant combination of author and artist of The Odyssey worked together again tirelessly to bring it a follow-up and companion. The Iliad, released earlier this month transforms the tale of Homer’s tragedy. It is easily some of Neil Packer’s best work and wholly deserves the fanfare of a dedicated exhibition.

    The Iliad illustrated by Neil Packer will be running from today until the 24t October 2015. You cn find all the details the Illustration Cupboard website.

  2. 28

    Sep 2015

    Manga Mondays ~ Laphet

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    Laphet is a professional digital artist from South Korea. Upon first looking at her work you may mistakenly liken it for a more realistic version of Mabel Lucie Attwell. However, upon a second reading it is clear Laphet’s illustrations substitute to “cute” for the “creepy”.

    Large-eyed children often look straight at you. Instead of having a dead stare at is usual for invoking eeriness, Laphet’s characters clearly have their cogs turning, as if they are plotting against you, the viewer. Uncomfortable, yes, but beautiful nonetheless.

    You can find more of Laphet’s work on her DeviantArt page, and her more recently launched Tumblr.

  3. 21

    Sep 2015

    Manga Mondays ~ Ilya Kuvshinov

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    Ilya Kuvshinov is an illustrator and storyboard artist originally from Moscow, Russia, but whom currently resides in Yokohama, Japan. Much of his personal work consists of pin-ups influenced by video games and film. Beautifully and sensitively rendered, Kuvshinov is able to paint alluring female characters without the need to sexualise them (for the most part).

    His artwork has amassed a large and loyal fanbase which is evident when looking at his Patreon page. Currently, 827 patrons are supporting Kuvshinov with a healthy $3,821.36 per week. Allow me to pick up my jaw before I continue.

    Kuvshinov also posts process videos and animations to his YouTube and Vimeo channels. A few months ago he posted a wonderful fan letter in the form of an animation for his favorite manga Sing Yesterday for Me, which you can watch here.

    Find more of Ilya Kuvshinov’s work on his DeviantArt page and keep up-to-date with him on Facebook.

  4. 15

    Sep 2015

    Anita Jeram

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    With everyone celebrating the 20th anniversary of beloved children’s book Guess How Much I Love You, now seemed a good time to pay tribute to it’s illustrator, Anita Jeram.

    Growing up in Portsmouth, England, Jeram had an interest in illustration from a very young age. She would receive encouragement from her teachers and on concluding her schooling she went to Art College in Portsmouth. Sadly, not enjoying it as she hoped, Anita Jeram decided to leave and get a job. Even after working a variety of jobs, her artistic itch would not go away, so she enrolled for a degree course in illustration at Manchester Polytechnic.

    Having a much better experience second-time around. After one of her tutors introduced her to people at Walker books, Jeram was signed up to write and illustrate her first picture book, even before she graduated. That book was Bill’s Belly Button, published in 1991. Over the course of her career, she has illustrated 20 children’s books, many of which she has written. Her Bibliography includes the aforementioned, best-seller and American Library Association Notable Children’s Book, Guess How Much I Love You (1994), Contrary Mary (1995), Bunny, My Honey (1999) and most recently, You’re All My Favourites (2004).

    A great place to find more of Anita Jeram’s illustrations is over at the Illustration Cupboard.

  5. 16

    Apr 2015

    The H Lazarus

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    Presenting the esoteric work of The H Lazarus. Born in Venice, Italy, Lazarus studied Fine art at The Accademia di Belle Arti di Bologna (Academy of Fine Arts of Bologna), where she first started to explore the themes of Surrealism, Cyberpunk, Angiography, Mythology and Technology. Working with them concurrently she started to find parallels and where their paths crossed. Working in this manner Lazarus has succeeded in producing some very expressive and compelling imagery. As well as this personal artistic exploration, since 2011, she has been a member of Italian comic collective Manticora Autoproduzioni.

    You can find more of The H Lazarus’ work on behance and Facebook.

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