James Gilleard New year, new approach for James Gilleard!
Putting a fresh spin on his previous work, James kicks off 2016 with an intriguing glitched-up vector style. Tackling different concepts and moods within his illustration practice, which are heavily inspired by Vaporwave ‘glitch art’ and retro themes. Currently residing in Japan, James draws upon the naturalistic, architectural and technological aesthetics of his surroundings.
Striking abstract shapes and patterns form the basis of ‘glitch art’ a practice not too dissimilar from that of Bauhaus textiles. Experimenting with methods conveying loose impressionism, James combines geometry, layers of textures and vector artwork to create impressive illustrations.
An exciting change of direction and experimentation from Gilleard’s character design and comic approach!
Piero Corva John Devolle Peter Greenwood Kiki Ljung Nick Radford Development concepts from the Samsung Season's Greetings Campaign featuring their newly launched watch, Gear S2.
Creating wintery illustrations conveying themes of Christmas, New Year and Love & Happiness, each Illustrator individually put their own stamp on the project.
"The was a great fun project to be involved in. We were given quite a free range to produce illustrations, they had to be impactful and simple as they were conceived to be on giant video screens at various locations around London on rotation with other artists’ messages. So the challenge was to try and capture the attention of the viewer in a very short space of time. " – John Devolle.
”I got the Samsung brief on the first week of my move to Barcelona which was also my first week back at University for my Masters degree. Stressful to juggle moving-in and settling into a new environment with the pressure of creating illustrative concepts. Yet still remains one of my favourite projects to date!” - Kiki Ljung
“The characters are inspired by everyday people I see in London on a daily basis. I wanted to show the classic British New Years eve moment- Auld Lang Syne - in a clear and simple way.” – Toby Leigh
“It was a fun brief - warm, playful, energetic. The idea for the birds came from the geometric forms of one of the watch face designs. Whereas the whole ‘cheers’ / clinking or raising glasses concept seemed fitting globally with the time of year.” – Nick Radford.
“I wanted to illustrate a couple of lovers while they admire a contemporary London night skyline. Lovers and a city, a subject enquired by some great illustrators of the past, such as Peynet and Sempé. I liked the idea of the contrast between cold weather and warm feelings.” – Piero Corva.
Overall outstanding concepts with a fun and quirky edge. Watch this space for what 2016 has to offer!
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