António Soares is a fashion illustrator based in Portugal, and represented by German agency Candy. Mr. Soares’ soft watercolours and graceful lines give his illustrations a whimsical feeling. It is as if his figures are a vague memory, or a dream, on the cusp of fading completely.
Based in Madrid, Gabi de la Merced is an illustration and animation. He works in both digital and traditional medium, but his tradition acrylic paintings really stand out in his portfolio. Many of Gabi paintings often mingle non G-rating overtones with well known family-friendly characters. However, his strong colour choices and soft textures are what really draw you into his work.
Keep up to date with Gabi de la Merced by following his Undead Blog.
Adam Foreman aka A4man (get it?), is an illustrator, animator, sculptor and designer. He has worked with multi award-winning independent game developers Size Five Games on the video game Gun Monkeys. Mr. Foreman also worked on trading card artwork for the video game Hack, Slash, Loot!. His geometric style really exaggerates the quirkiness of his characters. Check out his website for more work.
Graduate from Camberwell College of Arts, Mr. Morris produces elegant illustrations using fine-liners and washes of ink. His work on The Silver Darlings has set the bar high, both in terms of art and story-telling. It has garnered well deserved attention and praise from his peers and predecessors including Nick Abadzis who said,
“Will Morris sculpts a world of wild, glittering seas and inner turmoil from delicate watercolour, expressive lines and sparse, potent words. You can practically smell the sea salt on his drawings. Superstition, luck – it’s all in the mind, isn’t it? The Silver Darlings makes irrational beliefs as tangible as waves, as biting as storm spray in your face. A beautiful book.”
To keep up to date with this rising star by following his blog, and find him on twitter.
Continuing our unsolicited Canadian courtship I present to you Thomas W. H. Fowler. Hailing from Ottawa (Canada), and kicking around the comic circuit for a number of years, his previous published works include Revolution on the Planet of the Apes, Venom, Green Arrow, Grendel, Star Wars: Jango Fett and Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight. Not forgetting he was also a regular contributor to Comic Twart.
Mr. Fowler is magnificent with inks and a brush. I particularly revel seeing his scans before the lines are made a solid black, as he consciously uses a variety of hues. You can find more of Mr. Fowler’s work on his blog, BLARG!