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Artist Spotlight: Rui Ricardo

Rui Ricardo, a Folio artist, draws on manga influences to create his highly polished illustrations. He often combines cartoon-like exaggerations with magical realism, a technique that his given his artistry an international appeal.

He began honing his skills early on and was first published at the age of fifteen. Ricardo’s love for illustration and comics carried him to university in Porto, Portugal, where he now lives and works.

Ricardo’s illustrious resume includes animation and motion design work for several TV shows, music videos and commercials, as well as editorial work for FHM, Men’s Fitness, The Times, The Telegraph, The Mail on Sunday, GQ, Popular Mechanics, The Guardian, Marketing Week, and many more.

You can see more of Rui Ricardo’s work on his Directory of Illustration portfolio or on his website.

To see more incredible Folio artists, visit their portfolio page on the Directory of Illustration website.

 

 

 

Artist Spotlight on Mercedes deBellard

As a freelance artist based in Spain, Mercedes deBellard lets her expressive work speak for itself.

With an ever-evolving style, Mercedes creates intricate and realistic artwork that showcases her attention to detail; which has led to her to work with brands such as Warner Bros, Random House, and The Telegraph.

Mercedes is represented by Folio Art. Delve into her Directory of Illustration portfolio and folioart.co.uk to find more of her engaging portraitures.

©Mercedes deBellard

©Mercedes deBellard

©Mercedes deBellard

©Mercedes deBellard

 

 

Bijou Karman for Annabelle

Bijou Karman was commissioned to illustrate a spread on the emotional topic of mother-daughter relationships in a special issue of the Swiss magazine, Annabelle.

The article deals with topics of identity, jealousy and in-law relations with Bijou’s perfectly accompanied illustrations that show the complex aspects of contemporary mother-daughter conflict.

Bijou is represented by Pocko. See more of her work through her Directory of Illustration portfolio and at pocko.com.

©Bijou Karman

©Bijou Karman

©Bijou Karman

Andy Tuohy for A- Z Great Modern Writers

These eye-catching portraits by Andy Tuohy provide the ideal intro to the world’s A-Z Great Modern Writers. The book features portraits of 52 key modern writers each significant in their contribution to literature, with names like Franz Kafka, Jung Chang, Samuel Beckett and more.

See more work from Andy through his Directory of Illustration portfolio and at andytuohy.co.uk.

Hannah Davies for Conde Nast Traveller Magazine

This elaborate illustration piece by Hannah Davies was created for a story featured in the June/July issue of Conde Nast Traveller about sex and travel in Mumbai, India.

The artwork displays beautifully crafted lines, suggestive of architecture, mountains, the sun & the moon, and tactile pleasures.

Hannah is represented by Illustration (USA) Inc. See more of Hannah’s illustrations through her Directory of Illustration portfolio and at illustrationweb.us.

Yann Legendre for Star Wars 40th Anniversary

Lucasfilm commissioned Yann Legendre to illustrate 24 stickers in honor of the 40th anniversary of the Star Wars movie, A New Hope.

The stickers are available in the App Store for iMessage and come complete with all 24 illustrations featuring classic characters and lines from the film.

Yann is represented by Debut Art. See more of his through his Directory of Illustration portfolio and at debutart.com.

©Yann Legendre

©Yann Legendre

Shaw Nielsen for Dewar’s

Shaw Nielsen teamed up with Dewar’s to create colorful animations for this past Father’s Day.

The short GIFs feature men performing fatherly duties like mowing the lawn, fixing a car and barbecuing, all while enjoying a nice glass of Dewar’s Scotch.

Shaw is represented by Gerald & Cullen Rapp. See more of his work through his Directory of Illustration portfolio and at rappart.com.

©Shaw Nielsen

©Shaw Nielsen

Winners Announced for World Illustration Awards 2017

Featured image: ©Steven Choi | Self-Initiated Professional Category Winner

The Directory of Illustration, in partnership with the Association of Illustrators, is excited to announce the category winners of the World Illustration Awards.

This year’s winning entries were selected by a panel of international judges from all aspects of the industry, including publishers, artists, and commissioners such as London-based Jonathan Hubbard, Creative Director and Founder of The Clearing, Alexandra Zsigmond, Designer at the New York Times, and Matt Smith, Creative at Australian public broadcaster SBS.

Category winners include a characterful portrait of Bill Murray for the Washington Post by US-based artist, Tony Rodriguez, which was lauded by the jury for its strong composition and well executed traditional technique that captures the subject perfectly.

Also of note is Marguerite Carnac’s series ‘Lieu de Vie’ which documents the artists’ time spent volunteering in The Jungle refugee camp in Calais and was skillfully created using a monoprint technique.

All the winners will be up on display at Somerset House from July 31st until August 28th, 2017 but in the meanwhile, make sure to check out all the winners on the AOI website.

©Marco Palena | Advertising New Talent Category Winner

©Sam Ki | Design (sponsored by Affinity Designer) New Talent Category Winner

©Claudine O’Sullivan | Advertising Professional Category Winner

©Marguerite Carnec | Editorial New Talent Category Winner

©Aart-Jan Venema | Design (sponsored by Affinity Designer) Professional Category Winner

 

Artist Spotlight: Nathan Hale

Nathan Hale is an award-winning children’s book illustrator and author who studied illustration at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle and is known for his background in scientific and natural history illustrations.

Along with the many books he’s written and illustrated, Nathan has created work for natural history museum displays, and has painted scientific murals for museums all around the world including the Kitakyushu Science Museum in Japan.

Nathan is represented by Shannon Associates. View more of his work through his Directory of Illustration portfolio and at shannonassociates.com.

 

©Nathan Hale

©Nathan Hale

©Nathan Hale

©Nathan Hale

©Nathan Hale

©Nathan Hale