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    Nov 2012

    Fashion Fridays ~ María Caleis

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    Self taught illustrator María Caleis produces beautiful layered artwork. Based in Spain her clients include Jean-Paul Gaultier, Paulette Magazine and Dash Magazine. Her sensual work makes excellent uses desaturated tones and repeat patterns. A good place to see more of Caleis’s illustrations is on her behance page.

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    Nov 2012

    Kirstie Edmunds

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    Londoner Kirstie is a children’s book illustrator, with two books published to date (‘So You Wanna Be A Rock Star’ written by acclaimed author Audrey Vernick and ‘The Monster Who Lost His Mean’, written by Tiffany Strelitz Haber). Her influences include Charles Harper, M. Sasek, Mary Blair and the brilliant Eric Carle. Kirstie uses a lot of anthropomorphism in her work, nice simple shapes and marks and really warm colours to create a really friendly feel.

    See more work on her website, or alternatively her blog.

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    Nov 2012

    Cally Johnson-Isaacs

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    Cally worked for several years as an in-house illustrator for the greetings card industry. She now works freelance from her pink-themed studio in Newcastle, England. Her contemporary, fun style is dainty and delightful, featuring a host of cute characters.

    “Inspiration comes from almost anything; a countryside walk, star gazing, music, a picnic on the beach, tending her vegetable patch, attempting to skip stones, even panda bears. (Though she’s yet to meet one).”

    Visit her Flickr Portfolio.

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    Nov 2012

    Luis Gadea

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    Canadan-based animator Luis Gadea studied both 3D Digital Animation at University Veritas, and Classical Animation Program at Vancouver Film School. His work has a lot of humour, exaggerated shapes and expressions combine to give his characters tons of personality. Carlo Solanoy directed a nice mini-interview with Gadea, which you can watch on vimeo. You can see more of Gadea’s work over on his blog.

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    Nov 2012

    Manga Mondays ~ Yoshitaka Amano

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    Artist and illustrator, Yoshitaka Amano, has amalgamated an anomalous body of work across all fields of art. Starting his career in the late 1960s working on, and developing characters for, aniemes including Speed Racer, Gatchaman, Tekkaman: The Space Knight, and Casshan. He has illustrated for novels including Vampire Hunter D, The Guin Saga, Elektra and Wolverine: The Redeemer and The Sandman: The Dream Hunters. Although, Amano is possibly best know for being the character and logo designer on the very popular RPG franchise Final Fantasy.

    Yoshitaka Amano style can often be very varied, as his artist influences stretch from both tradition Japanese wood block printing to contemporary western comics, Art Nouveau to Pop Art. His combination of influences along with his unremitting skill make for truly stunning and incomparable work. You can see some more of his work here, and watch a good interview here.

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