1. Jonathan Lankry

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    Jonathan Lankry is an Illustrator and Animator. Born in Paris, France, Lankry is largely a self-taught artist. He did spend a year studying 2D and 3D animation at LISAA, followed by a year studying Graphic and Web Design at L’École Multimédia.

    After graduating, Lankry served as a 2D Animator, Concept Artist, UI Designer and Illustrator for French companies 2 minutes, Morphee Interactive, and Ankama. Working on video games, animation, magazines and comics. Following a few years of working in animation studios and games companies, Lankry became a freelancer in 2013.

    Lankry’s style is influenced by an amalgamation of manga with European and American comics books. High energy and very dramatic, he contorts his figures to creates dynamic poses. Dirt, rubble, bullets and fabric strew in all directions adding a sense of motion and intensity. His use of over-saturated colours, in some cases 100% magenta and yellow, capture your attention instantly. All elements combine to make his illustrations leap out and draw you in.

    You can find Jonathan Lankry in almost every corner of the internet, Tumblr, Twitter, and Instagram, to name a few. You can find a full list of links on his website. You can also buy his prints and sketchbook from his shop.

  2. Fashion Fridays ~ René Bouché (1905 – 1963)

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    René Bouché was an artist and fashion illustrator, known for his work in Vogue magazine and his social portraiture. Born Robert August Buchstein, 1905, in Austro-Hungarian Prague. By the age of 15, he was earning a living from illustration. At age 21, he studies art history at Munich University under the tutelage of Heinrich Wölfflin.

    In 1927, he moved to Berlin and adopted the name René Robert Bouché. In the early 1930s, shortly after Hitler came to power, Bouché left for Paris. There he studied at Amédée Ozenfant’s atelier, l’Académie Ozenfant. From 1934, Bouché contributed drawings to the magazine Plaisir de France and advertising for Nestlé.

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  3. Tom Whalen

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    Tom Whalen is an American Illustrator and Designer. You may already recognise his work from Mondo or Gallery 1988. Whalen’s gamut does not start nor end there, having worked with an incredible array of Clients.

    Fuelled from a young age by a love of comic artist Todd McFarlane, Steve Ditko, and Jack Kirby. Whalen took that passion to University with him, where after being introduced to the graphic design acumen of Saul Bass, Milton Glaser and Jan Tschichold, he found his voice. Ever since, he consciously implements both illustration and graphic design elements equally. Wielding one harmonious and cohesive visual language.

    In addition to the interplay of typography and illustration, and his limited colour palettes, possibly the most notable aspect of Whalen’s work is his use of rigid geometric shapes. Rarely using just one background scene, if any, he experiments with the interaction characters and objects. Seamlessly merging one part into another to form layered, intricate, and compelling compositions.

    These elements and more have given Whalen a enduring career, nearing 20 years, and granted him the chance to work on exciting projects for Disney, Lucasfilm, Paramount, Marvel Comics, DC Comics, The Misfits and The Beatles.

    You can see more of Tom Whalen’s work on his website, pick up one of his print from his shop, and follow him on Instagram and Twitter.

  4. Gustaf Tenggren (1896 – 1970)

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    Gustaf Tenggren was born in 1896, in Västra Götaland County, Sweden. During a career spanning 60 years, he exercised a spectrum of styles including Art Nouveau, Cubism, Realism, and Expressionism, urging some to call him “a walking history of art.”

    Tenggren received a scholarship to The Valand School of Fine Art in Gothenburg, Sweden. Educated in Scandinavian techniques, and spurred by their myths, at the age of 20 he began illustrating for the famous Swedish children’s Christmas annual, Bland Tomtar och Troll (Among Elves and Trolls). Beginning in 1917, he would go on to work on the annual for 9 years.

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  5. Christina Krati

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    Christina Krati is an Illustrator, Graphic Designer and Concept Artist based in New York. Originally from Athens, Greece, she studied Graphic Design at the Technological Educational Institute. Graduating in 2012, Krati cut her teeth at an Athens-based graphic design company, creating branding, print and promotional materials.

    In 2013, Krati moved stateside to New York working as freelance illustrator. There she has been involved in several projects including illustrated the children’s books Jesse’s Magic Plate and Jose and Coqui.

    Krati’s portfolio exhibit gorgeous saturated brush rendering. Her earnest realistic portraits sit alongside cartoony and spirited characters. These elements come together to create rich narrative illustrations that are guaranteed to make you smile.

    You can find more of Christina Krati’s work on her website, Behance and Instagram.

  6. Manga Mondays ~ Sheena Aw

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    Sheena Aw aka Caramelaw is a “mad motion graphic designer/video editor by day and a candyland superhero by night.” Or at least that is what Aw’s official biography says. Born and raised in Singapore, she studied Interactive media design at Temasek Polytechnic before landing a job at Earthtree as an Animation Director. In 2005 she won a Silver PROMAX Award for her promo work for MTV Asia.

    In 2008, Aw became a freelancer under the pseudonym Caramelaw. Throughout Aw’s career, she has designed for MTV Asia, Sony International, DC Comics, Hasbro and many others. Amongst her drawing and drinking tea activities, Aw also finds time to customise vinyl toys. Vibrantly hand-decorated dolls, that match the same energy her vector work has.

    Aw’s artwork is crowded with colour, sprinkled with detail and glowing with stars. It is an unapologetic amalgamation of silly characters, candy, mushrooms and rainbows. A combination that she creates with the sole intention of bringing joy to the viewer’s day.

    You can find Sheena Aw on Twitter, Instagram, and see more of her artwork on Behance and her website. You can also pick up one of her Caramelpops Custom Dolls on Etsy.

  7. Sylwia Dybiec

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    Sylwia Dybiec is a Concept Artist and Illustrator from Szczecin, Poland. She attended Akademia Sztuki w Szczecinie Art School. In 2008 Dybiec began a career in video games, starting at Game Factory, moving to Gameloft, and later Square Enix. Currently residing in London, England, she is working as an Artist at Crytek, the video games creators of Far Cry.

    Dybiec has worked on project Life is Strange, Just Cause 3, and Deus Ex: The Fall. Design everything from costumes and weapons to story-boards and box art. Dybiec’s portfolio exhibits a wide range of styles as well as capabilities.

    You can see more of Sylwia Dybiec’s work on her website.