Posts about illustration

Hannah Jacobs – Animator

August 31, 2017

I really admire the work of UK-based animator Hannah Jacobs. Her films always capture a sense of raw, human emotion and feel very personal and intimate. Before first seeing her work through The School of Life, I never imagined illustration could be brought to life in such a way. Above is her showreel of selected work.

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Hello From The Horizontal City by Celia Jacobs

August 15, 2017

I love the Hockney-inspired use of color and horizontal format of these illustrations of Los Angeles by Celia Jacobs. Such a fun project!


Japan by Car Illustrations by James Gilleard

March 9, 2017

There is an incredible sense of light and movement in these digital sketches of Japan by artist James Gilleard.


Marc Martin Illustration

December 2, 2016

I love the work of this illustrator, Marc Martin! His design sensibility and bright, friendly colors & shapes are fantastic. Above is a spread from his children’s story, Max.


Adam J. Kurtz

October 4, 2016

Adam J. Kurtz is a designer, artist, and author based in Brooklyn, New York. Whether it’s products from his quirky online gift shop, creative journals (including his latest, called Pick Me Up, which comes out tomorrow), or his monthly column for Design*Sponge, Adam’s work is always refreshingly honest and genuine.

What I think is most inspiring about his work is how he handles dark topics such as mental health issues. Adam creates work that is optimistic and realistic at the same time and incorporates humor. The result is something that is accessible and authentic.

Check out Adam’s work on his website, and be sure to take a look at his writing on Design*Sponge.


Negative Space in Illustration

September 3, 2016


This semester I am taking a class in illustration, and I am excited to dive in! One artist I have enjoyed looking at recently is Noma Bar. His work utilizes figure-ground relationships, negative space, and compelling symbolism to deliver a message to the viewer.

Dutch Uncle – Noma Bar

Noma Bar on This isn’t happiness


The key to good design: Emotion

February 27, 2016

This is not web-related, but I love this short read on Print Magazine’s website on NYC artist Timothy Goodman. In the article, Timothy says: “Approach design as a practice, not as a profession.”

Check it out here.

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