Portland-based Richard Perez is a graphic designer, illustrator and captain of design studio Skinny Ships. His ever-joyous vector-style artwork manipulates colours and shapes until they come alive. He then sprinkle a little bit of noise and texture, giving them an irresistible rustic feel.
Born in France, Ben Fiquet is an animator and illustrator for video games and comics. My first introduction to Mr Fiquet’s work was the 2006 short animation he, and his fellow Gobelins students, produced for the Annecy Festival called Pyrats. It is one of my favorite Gobelins animations to date, and I remember at the time of seeing it hoping it would become a series. I’m secretly still holding out for that one.
Equally adept in character and environment design, Mr Fiquet puts that to good use in his comic work. Titles include Les chevaliers de la Chouette and four volumes of Powa. More recent he contributed to the star-studded, and much anticipated, Kickstarter project Masters of Anatomy.
Hope over to Ben Fiquet’s website see more of his work.
Finnish born illustrator Kustaa Saksi has applied her ideas to advertising, installations, murals, pattern design for products, and textiles for clothing, as well as tapestries. Ms Saksi recently collaborated with Finnish design company, Marimekko, on their spring 2015 home collection. From what I have seen already, the collection features some charming retro-inspired pieces.
Kustaa Saksi’s work ranges from the absurd to ethereal. Combining organic shapes and wild colours she creates rather unique landscapes, that are in equal parts inviting and frightening. As mentioned in the introduction, Ms Saksi’s has worked in a tremendous range of fields, crossing multiple disciplines, all the while doing it for some of the most renowned brands including Nike, Vespa, Swarovski, Microsoft, Lacoste, and Issey Miyake.
A good collection of Kustaa Saksi’s art can be found on the Hugo & Marie website.
We are back! Hope our absence didn’t bare too heavy on your creative heart. Today’s dose of inspiration comes from manga author and artist, Tsutomu Ohno. He has contributed to the very popular magazine Weekly Young Jump, the comic anthology Tiger & Bunny, and most recently Shippo! Enhancement.
Mr Ohno’s predominate style is upbeat and energetic, however when sketching with a brush his work becomes less restrained and more “gritty”. However both his polished and exploratory work always show a high level of draftmanship and detail.
You can find more of Tsutomu Ohno’s art on his blog.
Josh Cooley is a story artist and director (and Professional Hunk) based in California. As an employee of the prestigious Pixar Animation Studios, Mr Cooley has worked as a storyboard artist on some of your favourites, including The Incredibles (2004), Ratatouille (2007), and Up (2009).
In his spare times he creates children-book-inspired prints based on famous films. A collection of them have been collected and bound into the hardcoved bundle of joy, titled Movies R Fun!.