This is a nice interview with illustrator Ilya Milstein who shares his journey as an artist with insights into how he has dealt with depression and anxiety. He discusses the importance of physical health, routine and maintaining balance in his life in order to be able to create. You can read the interview on Adobe’s 99u site here: https://99u.adobe.com/articles/64049/on-resisting-creative-stereotypes-confronting-mental-health-and-a-disciplined-studio-practice
Take a look at his portfolio at: www.ilyamilstein.com
“If you’re starting out as a freelancer, landing those first few commissions can be a real balancing act. Not only will you be locating the right contacts and working out how to appeal to them, but once you’ve landed a job, there’s a whole world of process and contract know-how to master. Over the coming weeks, we’ll be sharing guides to being commissioned – including opinions from every corner of the process. To get things started, Chris Clarke, The Guardian’s global deputy creative director, is giving us the art director’s view on finding the right commissioners, nailing a brief and laying the foundations for great working relationships.”
It’s also worth checking out Chris Clarke’s instagram feed as he often post great examples of editorial illustration he’s commissioned: https://www.instagram.com/chrisclarkecc/
Thanks to my colleague Natalie Russell for recommending the beautiful work of French artists Louis Rigaud and Anouck Boisrobert. They have both produced pop-up children’s books which make great use of folded paper to enhance their stories.
I was also very impressed with this creative drawing app:
Here’s a collection of fun small comics by Sofia Kolovskaya
Cited as the leader of a contemporary Californian psychedelic-pop aesthetic, Los Angeles–based artist and designer Steven Harrington is best known for his bright, iconic style that encourages a two-way conversation between the artist and viewer. There’s a timeless quality to his playful yet contemplative work, which is inspired by California’s mystique, vastly diverse landscape, and thriving mix of cultures. Embracing a multimedia approach, Harrington’s portfolio includes large-scale installations made of plaster and stone, handscreened prints, limited-edition books, skateboards, and sculptures. Alongside his commercial work, Harrington has exhibited artwork in Los Angeles, New York, Paris, Berlin, Milan, Barcelona, Tokyo, San Francisco, Chicago, Philadelphia, Montreal, Melbourne, and Dallas.
Morning Breath Inc (aka Doug Cunningham and Jason Noto) are a design and illustration duo based in Brooklyn, NY. Their bold, irreverent style has been applied to skateboard/snowboard graphics, music packaging, apparel, advertising, poster design and more. Take a look here: http://www.morningbreathinc.com/work
A new film by Daniel Savage commissioned by Al Jazeera on the philosopher Marshall McLuhan.
“Every year The New York Times commissions thousands of original illustrations from independent artists around the globe. Artists are asked to distill the most compelling aspects of stories and create a powerful experience. They often have just hours to make images that move, provoke and enrich the act of reading.
During years of tumult and uncertainty, illustrators use the medium’s inherent flexibility to comment on a rapidly evolving social, political and economic landscape. When a single subject dominates the news, artists find new ways to elaborate on it without succumbing to dull repetition. They clear away the noise and get to the point, using pen, pencil, brush, stylus, cut paper, clay, motion and raw code to produce indelible images that resonate.”