Zhang Webber is from Shanghai, China. He uses all kinds of techniques including pencil, watercolours, digital and traditional painting. He more often than not leaves behind intentionally sketchy marks, and his colours are made up of separate blocks rather than being smooth and nicely blended. This all fits together to create an imperfection that works so well, probably because he gets the basics right in the first place. His anatomy, composition and general observational skills are obviously excellent.
Freelance illustrator David de Ramón is based in Madrid, Spain. His work ranges from advertising, magazines, newspapers, books, as well as murals. Some of his previous clients include American Express, Volkswagen, GQ, and The Walt Disney Company, but the list definitely goes on. His paintings are full of charm, playing with colour and perspective. Often abstracting shapes and reducing realism to better convey the narrative. You can find out more about Mr. Ramón on his website.
Paul Shipper is from Manchester, England and now lives in New Zealand.
“My training really came from years of drawing and painting, studying the works of my illustrative heroes, driven by my passion and determination to making a dream become reality.”
Clients include Lucasfilm, Penguin Books, GQ Magazine and Topps Inc.
Spanish illustrator Rafa Alvarez has an impressive selection of works on his website. I like the way he sometimes uses coloured ink lines, almost like those in many animated films. There are nice strokes in his lines too. He has a good knack for well thought out editorial illustrations as well as advertising posters and comic strips.
Rafa’s clients include Playboy Magazine, Etihad Airways and American Express. He has published graphic novels and children’s books and is currently working on interactive ebooks for the iPad.
Spanish illustrator/designer Álvaro Laura has some super work on his website. His creations are bold, full of texture and with interesting subject matter. I really like the way he plays with form, and his crowded scenes are extraordinary.