The life of an illustrator is hugely rewarding and unconventional at best – but it doesn’t come without hard work and many challenges.It’s almost impossible to avoid commercial projects, but these have to be balanced alongside personal growth and creative satisfaction – clients like to see a well-rounded portfolio, and illustrators that flourish are the ones who can adapt yet refine their style.
The 17 winners have been selected from over 2,300 entries submitted by illustrators worldwide, and are currently on show at London’s Somerset House.
With studios terrified of spoilers and making zero news in the process, the fans who travel to San Diego to hang out with their favorite stars are the ones walking away happiest these days.
Such cute illustrations!
From brand consultant to artist: Malaysian-born Khatijah Rahmat, or as she likes to be known, ‘Kat’ has had an interesting journey. It began with an iPad and, of course, an app.
39-year-old Tom Ward, from Windsor, had worked as a graphic designer on branding and design projects for companies and organisations for years, and having done a few illustrations for clients in the past, he decided to unleash his ‘inner geek’ and try out some pop culture focused artwork.
On his artwork, in which we see the likes of Cinderella fighting with Prince Charming as he’s more interested in his phone, Princess Jasmine doing housework while Aladdin plays video games and Alice in Wonderland ditching her oversized food for a small salad, Tom says he wanted to bring to life ‘the times we live in and communicate topical issues in a relatable way’.
Tony Ross, whose images of the naughty prankster Horrid Henry and the ragamuffin Little Princess are instantly recognisable to children up and down the country, has been named as the most borrowed illustrator from the UK’s public libraries.
And it only gets better. Because for every sale of this book, Scholastic will donate 10% of the suggested retail price to two charities selected by the author J.K. Rowling: Comic Relief, a UK-based charity that strives to create a just world, free from poverty, and Lumos, a charity founded by J.K. Rowling that works to end the institutionalization of children. Getting a new edition of one of our favorite HP books while supporting two incredible charities? It definitely feels like we’ve thrown back some Feli
When he wasn’t reading a slew of science fiction books, classics like “Lord of the Flies” or the encyclopedia, Musk says his favorites were Batman, Superman, Green Lantern, Doctor Strange and Iron Man. His love for comics came full circle when Musk was tapped for a cameo in “Iron Man 2.” He was so excited about the opportunity he let Marvel Studios film scenes for the movie at SpaceX’s headquarters for free.
Hey Parents, you might want to think twice about discouraging your kids from reading comics all the time 🙂
If you’ve ever doubted how loudly art can speak – take a look at these illustrations Al Margen has created as social commentary. I dare you to not be creeped out, especially when you recognize yourself in one or two of them. 🙁
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Harry Potter fans can now treat themselves to a stunning print or poster thanks to the new Pottermore Art Collection, which features work from artists including Olly Moss.
The collection, which is available to buy now from the Pottermore Shop, has more than 40 pieces that are both beautiful and affordable, including cover art, creature illustrations, portraits and more.