Friday, 19 December 2014

Junaida II

Junaida is a young Japanese illustrator whose illustrations are very intricate and rich with information, this piece is called hug.

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Junaida I

I love these 'blue horn' reindeer by Junaida a Japanese illustrator based in Kyoto. I feel the work traverses Japanese and European illustration. The level of detail and story contained in this illustrators works is phenomenal.

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Tetsuro Kawamoto II

Tetsuro Kawamoto is a Japanese illustrator who lives and works in Tokyo, he makes wonderful graphical illustrations and lovely models. I don't know which he makes first but they are magical and fun.

Monday, 15 December 2014

Piu Sudo III

I am revisiting to some of my favorite Japanese illustrators for Christmas. This print from Piu Sudo is a favorite as the limited palette has the nostalgia of old children's books and I love the strange polar bears, all working together to decorate the Christmas cake. Have a wonderful Christmas Eve.

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Ina Hattenheur II

Ina Hattenheur's lovely holiday Hedgehog. Ina is doing an advent calender and also has a Christmas themed book Das kleine Weihnachtstier by Rudolf Herfurtner published in German. 

Saturday, 13 December 2014

Ina Hattenheur I

Oh! I have been waiting so long to share this joyous illustration by Ina Hattenheur with you. I cannot look at Ina's work without smiling from ear to ear and so she must be a very happy woman to create such fantastically fun works.

Friday, 12 December 2014

Antonio Ladrillo I

Spanish Graphic Designer and Illustrator Antonio Ladrillo's Christmas Trees are running, running to or from Christmas? I like the idea that they are running away back to the forest, or equally that they could be running to get dressed up in all of their sparkling lights and glittery decorations.

Antonio Ladrillo's style is positive, bold, bright and humorous, as he welcomes you to his website he say's "Today is a good day :-)"

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Danielle Kroll

A little different today, as I found these wonderful adapted photographs by illustrator Danielle Kroll that just made me want to go and play with old photographs and travel brochures. Danielle's range of styles is quite incredible there is something for everyone in her portfolio from textile design to editorial and humor. 

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Mirko Hanak

Mirko Hanak (1921-1971) was a Czechoslovakian illustrator and printer who worked with a wonderful balance of fluid line and soft water colour washes. You can see a great article about Mirko Hanak's drawings for Charlottes Web  commissioned by animator and illustrator Gene Deitch.

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Zbigniew Rychlicki

Zbigniew Rychlicki (1922-1989) a Polish illustrator who won the Han's Christian Anderson Illustration prize in 1982. His work has a soft style and while being representational, achieves a level of abstraction and pattern. 

Monday, 8 December 2014

Zdzisław Witwicki

The frost is sharp and feathery this morning and the birds need food.
I am continuing with Polish illustrators as there is such a wealth of wonderful wintery images. Above are two illustrations by Zdzisław Witwicki born in 1921. Zdzislaw has illustrated more than 70 books, had more than 250 exhibitions and has been awarded many major illustration honours. You can find a great article about his work here.

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Janusz Grabianski

Janusz Grabianski (1929-1976) beautiful benevolent moon smiling down, with a frost circle like a fur collar. Janusz had a wonderful loose flowing technique and worked mainly in watercolour, his works are very immediate and resemble monoprints. 

Saturday, 6 December 2014

Zbigniew Rychlicki I

Zbigniew Rychlicki (1922-1989) was a Polish artist of illustration, graphic and stage design. Zbigniew Rychlicki is famous in Poland for the much loved character Bear Uszatek who was made into a childrens programme from books by the author Czeslaw Janczarski, illustrated by Zbigniew Rychlicki .