Directory of Illustration

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

Marcus Marritt for Construction Manager

Marcus Marritt was commissioned to illustrate the front cover and full page editorial for the new look for Construction Manager magazine.

About Marcus

Marcus Marritt is an illustrator based in the UK whose work is based on a minimal approach. Marcus’ clients include Financial Times, goal.com, Chelsea FC, WIRED, Oreo Cookies, ASOS amongst much more.

See more of his work through his Directory of Illustration portfolio and his website.

©Marcus Marritt

 

Margaux Carpentier for London Zoo

Margaux Carpentier teamed up with the London Zoo to create these fun murals featuring the cheeky, mischevious squirrel monkey.

We think the illustrations capture the true playful spirit of the small, slender primate.

Margaux is represented by Central Illustration Agency. See more of her work through her Directory of Illustration portfolio and at centralillustration.com.

©Margaux Carpentier

©Margaux Carpentier

©Margaux Carpentier

©Margaux Carpentier

©Margaux Carpentier

Nathan Smith Illustrates the Constellations

Nathan Smith was commissioned by the award-winning Canadian design agency, Target, to produce five illustrations for a new 360-degree Newfoundland and Labrador tourist board website.

The brief required the illustrations to have a soft transparent feel without too much detail. The five images, a Viking ship, the tail of a whale, a compass, a fossil and a hiker were sculpted in Zbrush, deliberately understated and softly rendered in Photoshop.

Visitors to the website are encouraged to select one or more of the five constellations visible in the night sky to begin their journey. As they scroll over a constellation the image becomes clearer, a sound is heard and the link takes them to the subject page.

See more of Nathan’s work through his Directory of Illustration portfolio and website.

©Nathan Smith

©Nathan Smith

©Nathan Smith

Victo Ngai for Apple

In celebration of the 2017 Chinese New Year, Apple enlisted the help of 5 young Chinese artists to create contemporary versions of traditional “Nianhua” folk art. One of the artists chosen was Victo Ngai (represented by Morgan Gaynin).

Apple released the artwork created by Victo as part of a set of exclusive wallpaper and also used the illustration on billboards all over China.

Browse through more of Victo’s work through her Directory of Illustration portfolio and her website.

©Victo Ngai

©Victo Ngai

Decue Wu’s Monthly Illustrations for Vogue China

Since March 2016, Decue Wu has been commissioned by Vogue China to create monthly illustrations for their beauty column.

Take a look at all her featured artwork below.

Decue is represented by Illustration Ltd. To see more of her work, visit her Directory of Illustration portfolio and website.

©Decue Wu

©Decue Wu

©Decue Wu

©Decue Wu

©Decue Wu

©Decue Wu

©Decue Wu

Illustrated Maps That Captivate & Inform

Featured image: ©Carlo Stanga

Illustrated maps use artistic style to create an accurate representation of an area while emphasizing what’s important and eye-catching.

In this way, illustrated maps give us the ability to virtually travel across the globe and visit places we’ve never been. They also serve to help us navigate our world and help us discover new, exciting things in our own familiar surroundings.

Here are a few examples of informative & captivating maps by Directory of Illustration artists.

Explore more illustration specialties, techniques & subjects through our keyword search.

Artist Spotlight: Jo Jang

Jo Jang is a New York City-based illustrator. She gets inspiration from daily urban life, architecture, and fashion editorial photography. She combines minimalist line art with an Art Nouveau-inspired painting technique. Her work Concrete Nest was accepted at the 2016 Society of Illustrators Student Competition in New York City.

View more of her work through her Directory of Illustration portfolio and at jojangart.com.

©Jo Jang

©Jo Jang

©Jo Jang

©Jo Jang

©Jo Jang