1. In Their Own Words – Cleonique Hilsaca

    Freelance illustrator, Cleonique Hilsaca’s work exudes a sense of calm created by washing the canvas with pastel colours. Viewers can’t help but be disarmed by her joyful, round characters yet Cleonique is not afraid to employ these same techniques to address deeper emotions and social issues. This juxtaposition between style and tone is used to great effect. Cleonique shares her drawing process and some of her favourite projects with Illustrator’s Lounge.

  2. Jon Foster

    Jon Foster is an American freelance illustrator and sculptor based in Rhode Island, New England. He is best known for his lavish oil painted comic book covers for DC and Dark Horse Comics. Jon’s work has received recognition and awards from the Society of Illustrators, Dark Scribe Magazine, and the sci-fi and fantasy art publication, Spectrum.

  3. In Their Own Words – Roman Klonek

    Roman Klonek is an illustrator specialising in woodcuts. His bright and bizarre illustrations are a mix of cartoons, folklore and Pop art. Whimsical humanoids and creatures fill the boards, sometimes provoking amusement, sometimes discomfort, and sometimes both. Roman shares with us his artistic influences, creative process and professional path.

  4. Bastien Jalibert

    Bastien ‘Coolashu’ Jalibert is a character and background designer based in Paris. His stripped back work playfully utilises geometric shapes. With minimal lines he exaggerates characters’ features and creates abstract landscapes for them to inhabit. He employs light textures and harmonious saturated colours to bring a scene to life.

  5. In Their Own Words – Michel Verdu

    Michel Verdu is a freelance character designer and illustrator. His madcap characters bumble around, sing and scowl all while remaining charming and cute. His eye-catching colours help bring energy and an mystical quality to his work. Though the saturation isn’t pumped up to the max, it is pretty close. Michel Verdu shares with us the push he needed to become a freelance illustrator and the importance of humour in his work.

  6. To Build a Fire

    In the harshness of midwinter, a trapper with his dog struggles to survive crossing the Canadian Yukon. ‘To Build a Fire’ is a beautifully animated adaptation of Jack London’s famous short novel. It was released in 2016 to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the author’s death. Directed by Fx Goby and co-produced by Nexus Studios and Composite Films, the short has attended over 100 festivals, collecting around 20 awards including the Grand Prize at The Rhode Island Film Festival. In December 2017, the short was released online exclusively on Vimeo.