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    May 2012

    Stéphane Manel

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    Brilliant and bold work by French illustrator Stéphane Manel. His client list has big names too such as Nike, Coca-Cola, Converse and Vogue. Some of his more humorous work always seem to have this deadpan quality to them due to his style, but in most cases I think it really works. He is clearly a master of the portrait, and has a hefty amount of them in his portfolio, which you can find on his website.

  2. 18

    May 2012

    Fashion Fridays ~ Camila do Rosário

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    Brazilian-born, Camila do Rosário, started studying fashion at UDESC, but dropped out to peruse a career as an illustrator. Her work has been featured in magazines and exhibitions. Rosário also won first prize for the Marie Claire and IED Barcelona fashion illustration contest. Her style is a combination of beautifully textured pencil work, and disciplined washes of colour. Her characters, though some do appear confident most seem estrange, which is very unique for fashion illustrations. You can find more of her work on her website.

  3. 17

    May 2012

    Marguerite Sauvage

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    I adore the delicate line work and pastel colours of Marguerite Sauvage’s illustrations. Based in Paris and professionally illustrating since 2001, Sauvage has worked with a host of big brands including Elle Magazine, Mattel, PlayStation 3, Apple Computers, MTV, just to name a few. Her work, at times, can be overtly sexual and the juxtaposition of Sauvage’s ethereal style for such graphic images make it some of her most engaging illustrations. She of coarse has plentiful amount of G-Rated illustrations over on her website, which you should definitely visit. I will finish on one of Marguerite Sauvage quotes, regarding what inspires her, which I agree with completely:

    “Happiness and anti-stress: I just want to make things prettier.”

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    May 2012

    Greg and Tim Hildebrandt

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    Recently going through some of my old trading cards I stumbled on my 1994 Marvel Masterpieces set. All my love for The Brothers Hildebrandt came flooding back. I loved their short comment on the back like,

    “We found that we literally had to develop a new style to paint this set, to convey the extremes of the intensity for the characters!”

    Just the kind of stuff to get a young illustrator charged up! The brothers started painting professionally in 1959 and worked solidly since, illustrating for posters, books, adverts and, of coarse, trading cards. I was sad to read that Tim died in 2006, but the duo’s work will definitely continue inspiring illustrators for years to come. See more of their work on their website.

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    May 2012

    Xavier Ramonède

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    I just can’t get enough of the work by illustrator Xavier Ramonède. His blog, sushixav, is filled with splendid illustrations, animation and a great step-by-step tutorial too! I really enjoy ogling his simple shapes and limited flat colours with a just a hint of tone. You can also see more of his work on his deviantArt page.

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