1. 10

    Jul 2014

    Alex Noriega

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    Alex Noriega is an illustrator and artist from Barcelona, currently living in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Best known for his wonderful webcomic Stuff No One Told Me. It ran from 2010 – 2012, and was a way of Mr Noriega expressing is frustrations, and as an emotional outlet. He always kept it light, no matter how serious the subject matter. His art style was simplified and in places abstract but with a child-like quality to it. The blog quickly became popular, and was packed with useful and thought-provoking advice.

    Near to the end of 2012, new SNOTM comics just stopped appearing. In true internet fashion rumours started to circulate as to the why. In 2013 Mr Noriega put an end to those rumours, announcing that he was still alive, but unsure whether he was going to produce any more comics, and that he had taken a liking to painting. Skip forward another year and Mr Noriega declared he was having a show featuring his painting work. His artwork is a mix of odd shapes, strong solid colours, with very little reference to anything physical. These abstract pieces are worlds apart from his webcomic, with the exception of them being another form to channel his emotions.

    Prior to Alex Noriega’s change in artistic direction there was mention of a SNOTM graphic novel titled, Anosmic. It was very nearly complete when he stopped working on the comic, and I do wonder if he still has plans for its release.

    To see some of Mr Noriega’s artwork check out his tumblr, and keep up-to-date with him by liking him on Facebook.

  2. 9

    Jul 2014

    Thierry Martin

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    French illustrator Thierry Martin produces wonderful children’s comics. Between 2007 – 2009 He released three anthologies of Le Roman de Renart. Written by Jean-Marc Mathis, it is a modern take based on the centuries old red fox and trickster, Reynard. More recently, partnering with writer Loïc Dauvillier, he has released two books about a young dreamer named Myrmidon.

    Mr Martin’s charming illustrations use clear linework, soft colour pallets with simple flat toning. On his YouTube channel he has a some great videos of him inking his comic pages. You can check out more of Thierry Martin’s illustrations on his blog. He also has a tumblr, where, along side his own work, he post an array of other fine illustrators.

  3. 8

    Jul 2014

    Leo Gibran

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    I wish I could tell you how I first stumbled on Leo Gibran’s work, but I simply cannot remember. However, that should not stop me from singing his praises. Mr Gibran is a working illustrator, based in são paulo, Brazil, predominately in fields of advertising and editorial.

    Mr Gibran’s styles can be divide, somewhat neatly, into two columns. The first is composed of expressive brush work and emotive colour washes, and the second is his more geometric vector work. Both use quirky and dynamic shapes but his vector work, for me, lack the fervour that he seems to effortless have with a brush.

    Check out more of Leo Gibran’s illustrations on his website and blog.

  4. 7

    Jul 2014

    Manga Mondays ~ Jung Myung Lee

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    Jung Myung Lee aka Rupid 79 is Korean fantasy artist. You may recognise his work from his contributions to the hugely successful card battle game, Legend of the Cryptids. His art subsequently features in the Legend of Monsters Official Art Book (Japanese Language).

    Jung Myung Lee’s artwork is full of action and full of intricate details. They are multi-layered, rarely using less than three planes. Even when he strips away elements his illustrations are still more detailed than most.

    There was once a Rupid 79 page in each of the illustrative corners of the internet, but they all seem to have disappeared. I have managed to dig up a couple places that he is still using (for now at least). Check out his DrawCrowd page, and for those of you versed in Korean, he has a blog too.

  5. 4

    Jul 2014

    Mike Wrobel

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    Mike Wrobel is a graphic designer and illustrator originally from France, but based in Tokyo. At his design company Moshi Studio Mr Wrobel produces everything from editorial illustration to designing fabrics for Georgian armchairs (though not in a style you may assume).

    Mr Wrobel’s work only recently caught my attention when I stumbled on his amazing Game Of Thrones 80/90s Era Characters series. The expressions of the characters, and their alternative lifestyles are spot on. Much his personal work references pop-culture. His attention to detail and punchy colours really bring his vector illustrations to life.

    See more of Mike Wrobel’s work on his tumblr, and check out his print on his Society6 page.

    I will leave you with this quote from Mr Wrobel, for no other reason than I really like it,

    “I grew up at a wonderful time when X-Files was THE show we couldn’t miss, Grunge music made us wear ripped jeans, and we still could find toys in cereal boxes…..”

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