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    Nov 2014

    William Grill

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    This weekend I caught the last day of the AOI Illustration Awards 2014 at Somerset House, London and was introduced to a host of new illustrators. One of which was William Grill whose tiny pencil colour illustrations force you to take a closer look.

    Mr Grill’s work on display, much of it from Shackleton’s Journey, was drawn on large sheets of paper but each figure could not be more than an inch high. Small details and primary colours combine to create bustling scenes that you really can’t help but smile at. I kept thinking how often he would have to sharpen his pencils to get those thin line and especially the dots of the eyes.

    Mr Grill’s hard work earned him an AOI Overall New Talent Winner & Children’s Book New Talent, 2014 award.

    There was, of coarse, a lot of talent at AOI Illustration Awards 2014, Jillan Tamaki, Geoff Grandfield, Jasu Hu, to name a few, so do not be surprised if I post more about it in the weeks to come.

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    Nov 2014

    Manga Mondays ~ Mangetsu

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    This week’s Manga Mondays feature is Mangetsu aka sweetmoon. Based in Mitaka, Tokyo, she is a background and character concept artist. Some of the games she has worked on include Nippon Ichi Software Arcadia Nest Senki, Square Enix Legend World, and Mobius Nightmare reports.

    Much of her work uses earth tones creating a warm hue and serene feelings. Many of Mangetsu’s characters are lighthearted and jovial, but those of her more pensive characters stare intensely and really drawing you in.

    You can find more of Mangetsu’s illustrations on her website, and deviantArt page.

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    Oct 2014

    J.A.W. Cooper

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    I follow quite a few illustrators on Instagram, but recently the work of J.A.W. Cooper has been blowing me away. You know when you complete an illustration, take a step back and think to yourself, “Yes! Nailed it”. Well, that’s what I imagine Ms Cooper is doing every time right before she uploads a new picture to her Instagram.

    Born in England but currently living in Los Angeles, Ms Cooper is a freelance illustrator, sculpture, jewelry maker and member of the Prisma Collective. Professionally she illustrates for the entertainment and advertising industry creating storyboards, concept and character design. Personally she frequently produces work for galleries. Her work has been exhibited in Gallery Nucleus, Spoke Art Gallery, and La Luz de Jesus Gallery.

    J.A.W. Cooper regularly updates her blog. Which is of course filled with her beautiful artwork, and lots of photographs of her process. So much so that she set up a separate tutorial section just for it. Ms Cooper breaks down her process step-by-step and explains her thinking as well as highlight problematic areas of her process. It is full of good tips, and very helpful to see such detailed breakdowns of her work.

    You can find more J.A.W. Cooper on her website.

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    Oct 2014

    Andrew MacLean

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    Andrew Ross MacLean is a comic artist, and a founding member of Brand New Nostalgia. His comic book scorecard consists of futuristic thriller Meatspace, viking adventure Head Lopper and otherworldly mystery Department O, among and many others.

    Much of Mr MacLean’s previous titles have been self published or crowd funded and often in collaboration with other creatives. Recently, however, it was announced that in Spring 2015 Dark Horse are set to release his new graphic novel, ApocalyptiGirl: An Aria For End Times. A sizable 96 pages, Mr MacLean grab the reigns of all of the creative duties, right down to the lettering. You can gawk at a preview of ApocalyptiGirl on Comics Alliance.

    Andrew MacLean’s style is, what I am dubbing, organic geometry. Simplified shapes, often very angular and quite exaggerated, push the human figure to unnatural proportions. Yet he keeps them looking fluid, kinetic and most importantly believable.

    You can find Mr MacLean on deviantArt, tumblr, twitter, and facebook.

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    Oct 2014

    Laurent Durieux

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    Belgium illustrator Laurent Durieux is best known for his retro-inspired movie posters. His work has graced the cover of The New Yorker, the sleeve of a Criterion Collection DVD, and the walls of Mondo gallery.

    Laurent Durieux worked for two decades as a designer and teacher, relatively unknown outside outside of Brussels. That all changed after he contributed a piece, François à l’Americaine, for a show celebrating the French director, Jacques Tati. This led to Mr Laurent being selected as one of the top 200 illustrators by Lürzer’s Archive magazine.

    In 2011 Laurent Durieux released a short animated film, Hellville, which was shown at various film festivals and earned him and his team a Gold Hugo Award nomination.

    To see more of Mr Durieux outstanding work check out his website and flickr page.

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