1. Fashion Fridays ~ Pierre Simon (1907 – 1999)

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    Pierre Simon was a French fashion illustrator. Born in 1907 he started his career in the 1920s and was particularly active during the 1940s and 1950s. Predominately illustrating for advertisements, he worked with Christian Dior, Nina Ricci, Boucheron Jewelry and Orlane Cosmetics. His work also appeared in the French edition of Vogue magazine.

    Simon’s early work exhibit stylized elongated faces and hands, although his figures were relatively short. His women looked hard-nosed, similar to popular 1930s femme fatales of the time. As his style developed the reverse became true. He started drawing face that were more realistically proportioned, while he stretched out the body. Long necks and legs made his women look more delicate and elegant.

    Simon’s evolving style is a sign of the influence the artist trends had on him. His loaded ink brush technique is very reminiscent of René Gruau’s work. This is particularly noticeable looking at Simon’s 1950s illustrations. His later work more resembled traditional advertising illustration of the time, then it did fashion illustrations. Throughout his career he continuing to refine his own style. Perfecting the use of limited lines and colour, in just a few brush strokes he could create confident and engaging men and women that would effortlessly capture the viewers gaze.

    It is difficult to find a lot of Pierre Simon’s illustrations online, but a great place to start is HPrints.

  2. Chris W. Kim

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    Chris W. Kim is an illustrator and cartoonist who lives in Toronto, Canada. His portfolio mainly consists of editorial pieces, but also features a few short comics rather reminiscent of the Theatre of the Absurd.

    The combination of Kim’s thin crisp outline with spirited cross-hatching truly brings some unusual imagery to life. His use of disproportionate facial features and exaggerated body language help the character’s woes leap off the page. Kim’s work is not confined to just the conceptual and somber. His style and technique also brings a lot of liveliness to more humorous pieces as well.

    Be sure to see more of Chris W. Kim’s work on his website, Tumblr and Instagram.

  3. Paul Lacolley

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    Paul Lacolley is an animator and illustrator from Paris, France. He is a member of the animation collective CRCR. Which is comprised of fellow Gobelins graduates Rémi Bastie, Nicolas Dehghani, Kévin Manach, Nicolas Pegon, and Jérémy Pires. If you have an outstanding memory, you will remember in 2012 we featured CRCR’s short animation for Amnesty International called Break The Law Of Silence.

    Another couple animations that Lacolley has worked of note is an opening for the Annecy Animation Festival 2010, Junk Space. Created whilst in his second year at Gobelins, it is a beautifully executed short of a man smashing things up with a bat. The second, and possibly my favourite, is Les chiens isolés. The style and pallette compliment the story’s mood and pacing. I appreciate how the colour tones gradually get darker each scene until it’s climax. The characters are well fleshed out and create convincing internal and external conflict. The short was a 2012 finalist for the Animation Vimeo Awards.

    Lacolley’s solo work has a very “real” feel. Characters stand rigidly in foreboding settings. They exude emotions, although often through an intensinsely pensive stare. A combination of lighting and composition assistant his atmospheric illustrations in looking as if they are a screen-shot from a film.

    You can find more of Paul Lacolley’s work on Tumblr, and Instagram. You can also check out some of his older work on his blog.

  4. Alice and Martin Provensen

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    Welcome back lounger. Firstly, let me wish you a happy new year. Hope you took the chance to relax and de-stress. Over our December break we kept our idle hands busy. Talking to illustrators and harvesting plans to bring you more diversified content. The most obvious yield of our busy hands is our new uncluttered website theme. We have stripped everything down to the essentials with the aim of making browsing the features, the Cabinet and the Bookshelf more enjoyable. You may notice we have removed our comment section, but that is certainly not a subtle hint. We still love to hear from fellow Loungers, and you can always reach out to us on Twitter, where we will be waiting to hear your thoughts on the new theme.

    With that out of the way and without further ado, I present to you our very first inspirational feature of the 2016, Alice and Martin Provensen. The beloved couple are famous for illustrating more than 40 children’s books together, many of which they also wrote. They are also responsible for bringing to life Kellogg’s Tony the Tiger.

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  5. Happy Holidays, See You in 2016

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    Happy Holidays fellow Loungers! Just a quick word to say, as of today we are taking a short Christmas break. We will be returning with more daily illustration inspiration in the new year on Monday, January 4th.

    Thank you all for your constant support, your regular visits, and shares. We truly appreciate you taking the time to join us. We wish you a wonderful festive season and hope to see you in the new year!

  6. Chloé Nicolay

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    Chloé Nicolay is an Illustrator and Character Designer from Paris, France. She is a graduate from the famous Parisian school of the visual arts, Gobelins in 2013. After graduating, she landed a role as a Storyboarder and Character Designer at digital visual effects studio Mac Guff.

    If her work looks familiar it may be from the animated short, The Night We Were Kings. Nicolay worked on it with four fellow Gobelins students Anthony Lejeune, Gaspard Sumeire, Léa Justum, and previous Lounge feature, Manddy Wyckens. TNWWK went on to win the Lignes de Court short film competition and was broadcasted on France 3.

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  7. Pablo Auladell

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    Pablo Auladell is an award-winning Spanish illustrator and cartoonist. His first publication, El camino del titiritero, came out in 2001 and earned him a Saló del Cómic de Barcelona Best Newcomer Award in 2002. He has since consistently worked on an average of four books each year. Having a particularly productive year In 2008, he released 9 titles. Totaling 60 books in just 14 years.

    Auladell’s books have been published by many of Spain’s top publishers including Anaya, Actes Sud and Libros del Zorro Rojo. He is also a regular collaborator with writer Pablo Albo. The pair have worked on Mar de sábanas (2003), which he won a Ciudad de Alicante Award for Best International Illustrated Children’s Book, El espantapájaros (2005), Inés azul (2009), Diógenes (2010) and Alas y olas (2011).

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