Directory of Illustration

An Abstract Spotlight

“There is no abstract art.  You must always start with something.  Afterward you can remove all traces of reality.”

—Pablo Picasso

 

For many, abstract art can be difficult. Difficult to create and difficult to understand. It’s inherently different than most other types of art, almost by definition. Thus, many people look at it with reserve and misunderstanding.

It’s been argued that no one can truly tell you how to look at a piece of abstract art, not even the artist behind the creation. Whether that is true or not is up for debate. At the end of the day, abstract art, like almost all art, is deeply personal and it’s up to the beholder to abstract from it what they will.

All that being said, here’s just a handful of our favorite pieces of abstract art from some incredibly talented Directory of Illustration artists.

Next Disruptive Thing  by John Hersey

Next Disruptive Thing John Hersey

Untitled from Olivia Knapp

Olivia Knapp

Brainy Beauty  by Dave Plunkert

Brainy Beauty Dave Plunkert

Pattern 04  by Christina K

Pattern 04 Christina K

Paintbox  by Linda Carruth

Untitled from Simon Prades

Simon Prades

 

You can see more from all of these artists and others on the Directory of Illustration website.

World Illustration Awards 2017 Exhibition

The World Illustration Awards 2017 Exhibition is now open to the public!

This week the WIA returns to London’s Somerset House for a sixth year. The exhibition will display highlights from this year’s shortlist, comprised of both emerging and established talent. With over 2,300 entries from 64 countries and eight categories of competition, this year’s exhibition features one of the most diverse collections of arts the WIA has ever seen.

In addition to the award-winning art, the exhibition will also feature fun and free activities workshops for the whole family.

Don’t miss out on this year’s World Illustration Awards Exhibition. The event runs for one month only, from July 31 to August 28. For details about opening hours, please visit the Somerset House website.

The Directory of Illustration, in partnership with the Association of Illustrators, is once again honored to present the 2017 World Illustration Awards in partnership with the AOI. This year’s awards raise the creative bar for both newly-minted talent and seasoned professionals. We’re excited to provide this opportunity for such inspiring artists to promote their work to a global audience.

Artist Spotlight: Rui Ricardo

Rui Ricardo 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.

 

 

 

 

Crush for Comedy Central

Viacom enlisted the help of Crush to create Comedy Central’s summer idents.

Crush took the brief and put a furry spin on it by devising the ‘Animals on Holiday’ concept, an idea that involved satire-like high fashion photography involving 9 animals and recreating the Comedy Central logo with everything from laser etched sausages to sculpted rabbit poo.

The idents air in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East but you can take a look at them here.

Crush is represented by Agency Rush. See more of their work through their Directory of Illustration portfolio and at agencyrush.com.

©Crush

©Crush

©Crush

©Crush

©Crush

©Crush

©Crush

©Crush

©Crush

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

 

 

DirectoryofIllustration.com Website Re-Launch :: Find The World’s Best Illustrators

Check out our new look, with updated portfolios from over 1500 illustrators and animators. Artists are vetted through the Directory of Illustration marketing program, so you’ll find only the most professional talent here.

The images are the real heroes, with a new homepage that includes a rotation of Featured Artists, plenty of New Work and a unique Job Showcase highlighting recent commercial and editorial projects. Larger images and enhanced navigation make it easier than ever for art buyers to find the perfect illustrator for any project.

Serbin Communications worked with Jake Stutzman and his team at Elevate LLC to re-imagine both the front-end and the back-end of directoryofillustration.com. Art directors who use the site to find talent are enjoying a simpler, more immediate search experience and a design that focuses on the joy of discovery. At the same time, Elevate designed a smoother, more intuitive interface for artists and reps to upload their portfolios.

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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

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