Karl is a Manhattan based illustrator, with an excellent skill for hand-lettering. He also creates some really nice book covers, picture book artwork and editorial illustrations. Karl’s work is always pleasant to look at; I like the beautiful colours and he has a nice handle on his ink strokes. But there are also some attention grabbing ideas in his work, such as an unravelling women’s head and a flying turtle. It’s a mixture of good ideas and the technical ability to pull them off which make Karl very admirable.
Slovenian twin sisters Valentina and Marina (Tincek-Marincek) create some superb pin-ups and share a Deviant Art page. You’ll find a lot of fantasy themed manga art amongst other illustration work, beautifully crafted with splashes of digital effects. I chose a few highlights to display here, but do visit their web page if you like what you see.
Hamburg-based illustrator Maike Plenzke creates rich coloured and textured work. She often builds up her tones uses regimented shapes which contrast nicely against her very loose pencil work. You can check out her portfolio, or see more of her sketches and ideas on her tumblr.
I love Miriam’s fun style, full of bright colours and big smiles. Her pattern work is beautiful and is available to buy as fabrics and wallpaper from her Spoonflower Shop. She also creates ‘Doodle Strips’, a sort of online sketchy comic but without the separation of boxes. To be honest, I’m not completely sure it works as it isn’t in English (but I hope it reads well as it looks amazing and very inventive)! Her website is definitely worth the extra little click to get to. She has lots of work, freebies and more. So if you like what you see here, head on over…
Moving from Manchester to hip Notting Hill, London in 1961, a 20-year-old Celia Birtwell spent much of her time with fellow creatives. Her first break came designing furnishing fabrics for Heal’s, but her first step on to the path that made her famous was when Alice Pollock, owner of London boutique Quorum, commissioned Birtwell and then partner Ossie Clark to design a dress fabric collection. It was not long after that Celia and Ossie were in high demand by the social elite including the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, and Twiggy. Having a booming fashion career in the 60s and early 70s her career slowed down thereafter.
However, Birtwell’s career and the public’s interest in her work has had a recent renaissance. Since 2006 she has produced sell-out garments for Top Shop, won multiple awards, and even garnered a CBE in recognition of her services to the fashion industry. Birtwell’s fabrics are detailed, exciting and romantic, drawing inspiration from fine art and the classical world. Her work helped define a generation and her influence is echoed throughout the whole of the fashion industry. A recent book documenting Celia Birtwell’s eventful life and career is available on amazon and is possibly the best source should you want to find out more about her.