Tagged: british
  1. 11

    Apr 2014

    Harold Nelson (1871 – 1948)

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    Born in 1871 Dorchester, England, Harold Edward Hughes Nelson is probably best known for his heraldic style and postage stamps designs. He studied at both the Lambeth School of Art and the Central School of Arts and Design. He was a prolific man working as an artist, illustrator, etcher, engraver, designer and lecturer. Illustrating postage stamps, advertisements, magazines, books and bookplates. One of his many notable achievements is illustrating the novel, A Real Queen’s Fairy Tales, authored by the Queen of Romania.

    Mr. Nelson was strongly influenced by the styles of the times. During the early 1900s his work incorporated Arts and Crafts and Art Nouveau elements. Then by the 1930s his work embodied the Art Deco ethos. This only made is work stronger allowing him to choose from variety styles that would best suit the content.

    Sadly there isn’t heaps of information online about Harold Nelson, but to find out a little more you can check out Wikipedia, The Pictorial Arts, and The British Postal Museum.

  2. 24

    Feb 2014

    Will Morris

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    Presenting Will Morris, winner of Emerging Talent British Comics Award 2013, and author of graphic novel The Silver Darlings.

    Graduate from Camberwell College of Arts, Mr. Morris produces elegant illustrations using fine-liners and washes of ink. His work on The Silver Darlings has set the bar high, both in terms of art and story-telling. It has garnered well deserved attention and praise from his peers and predecessors including Nick Abadzis who said,

    “Will Morris sculpts a world of wild, glittering seas and inner turmoil from delicate watercolour, expressive lines and sparse, potent words. You can practically smell the sea salt on his drawings. Superstition, luck – it’s all in the mind, isn’t it? The Silver Darlings makes irrational beliefs as tangible as waves, as biting as storm spray in your face. A beautiful book.”

    To keep up to date with this rising star by following his blog, and find him on twitter.

  3. 10

    Jan 2014

    Brian Bolland

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    Englishman Brian Bolland born on March 26th, 1951 has made a lasting impact as a comic book artist.

    Although American comics didn’t actually appear in the UK until 1959, Bolland was instantly smitten by the medium. After starting out illustrating fanzines, Oz magazine and, the then-underground, London listings magazine Time Out, He landed his first comic work in 1972 on the comic titled Powerman. In 1977 Bolland snapped up a job at 2000AD working on various titles including Judge Dredd.

    Due to the waves Bolland made on the comic book seen DC Comics gave him the opportunity to working on any of their characters. Choosing one of their flagship characters, Batman, he along with the poise penmanship of Alan Moore created a truly awesome piece of art, titled Batman:The Killing Joke. published in 1988 the book explores the Joker’s origin and is often held as the most controversial Batman story ever created. Bolland went on to collect a total of three Eisner awards and three Harvey awards.

    After studying a copy of graphic novel The Killing Joke, Heath Ledger cited it as an influence on his Oscar-nominated portrayal of The Joker in the movie adaptation of BatmanThe Dark Knight.

    Brian Bolland has a blog which he updates regularly, you can find it here.

  4. 21

    Apr 2013

    Oren Haskins

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    Lots of different styles from London-based illustrator and designer, Oren Haskins. Yet, they all have a common thread. His drafts have eloquent and often rigid shapes. His pallets are muted and constrained. One may think that this combination may hinder any emotion or motion in the illustration, but in fact, the narrative is better for it. Check out more Haskins’ work on his website and blog.

  5. 16

    Apr 2013

    Glyn Dillon

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    Comic artist Glyn Dillon started his career way back in the 90s. He was one of many a contributors to the British comic magazine, Deadline, where he collaborated with Tank Girl author Alan Martin on a strip called Planet Swerve. Around 2008, Dillon began working on a graphic novel titled The Nao of Brown, in 2012 it was released by UK publisher Self Made Hero, and the critics greeted it with very positive reviews. He used a pencil and watercolour style for the book, choosing not to ink at all. Instead he drew with a HB pencil then darkens his lines in Photoshop. A technique which retains all the nuances of a pencil, that can not always be imitated by ink. The best place to see more of Glyn Dillon’s work is on his blog.

    …and yes, for those who are thinking it, he IS the younger brother of Steve Dillon.

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