Illustration

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.

 

 

 

 

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

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

Bryce Wymer for The Nevada Discovery Museum

The Nevada Discovery Museum commissioned Bryce Wymer to create engaging, hands-on work that incorporated brand elements and science-learning visuals for their new Inside Out Exhibit.

Check out more of Bryce’s work through his Directory of Illustration portfolio and at aflatearth.com.

©Bryce Wymer

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

Marc Nipp for Professor Old Coote’s Compendium of Curiosities

Marc Nipp created poster illustration for his recent book idea titled Professor Old Cootes Compendium of Curiosities.

Professor Old Coote is an old scientist who documents all the interesting creatures that he runs across in all his travels.

Dive into Marc’s Directory of Illustration portfolio and website to see more of his work.

©Marc Nipp

©Marc Nipp

©Marc Nipp

Robert Ball Illustrates 44 African American Icons for ESPN

For Black History Month Robert Ball teamed up with The Undefeated, a sports  & pop culture site owned by ESPN, to create illustrations to accompany The Undefeated 44.

The Undefeated 44 is a list of “44 blacks who shook up the world or at least their corner of it” compiled to pay tribute to the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama.

Make sure to check out the entire list here and find a few of our favorites below.

Robert is represented by Mendola Artists. Take a look at more of his work through his Directory of Illustration portfolio, or at mendolaart.com.

©Robert Ball

©Robert Ball

©Robert Ball

©Robert Ball

©Robert Ball

©Robert Ball

©Robert Ball