Bodil Jane illustrates pollution for UNICEF
UNICEF took to social media to start a conversation on the detrimental impact of air pollution, with a specific emphasis on young children. Through their Instagram account, the works poignantly illustrate climate change’s harmful effects on today’s children. Our wonderfully talented Bodil Jane was one of the artists featured in the project. Bodil was excited for the opportunity to use her artwork to make a statement for UNICEF. Here’s what she had to say about the project.
What were your thoughts on working with such an open brief?
I love it! I had a lot of different ideas for this project. It was quiet a hard subject though, so sad… And I wanted to communicate it in a more playful way instead of drawing a depressing picture. I think this one is still not very happy, but I think the monkey makes it cuter.
How did you initially approach this project?
I asked for some extra information and facts about pollution, but actually I already had some ideas before receiving those details. I think the numbers didn't really matter for this illustration: it's more of my personal interpretation of the subject and the sadness about it. I wanted to show something that we definetely don't want for the future kids: wearing a helmet/bubble to protect them from pollution.
What was your favourite part of the project?
Going to the final illustration! I've been looking for inspirational pictures of kids and pollution. I think it's reallllly hard to draw children, that's why I choose to do a young girl. And I wanted her to be Indian since there's really bad pollution there.
How has social media played a part in the development of the illustration?
Well, because I wanted the illustration to draw a lot of attention (for the subject) I made sure it was a strong image with a center composition (that really helps for social media - Instagrammers love things that are symmetrical). Also, a lot going on and a lot to see, people seem to like that (is what I learned from my own followers) and a square size. So, it did play a big role in choosing composition and size.
The project was also shared on UNICEF’s twitter, It’s Nice That and Medium.com. Check out some campaign images below and head over to UNICEF’s social media to see for yourself!
John Devolle illustrates Make-A-Map guide books for the British Library
John Devolle offers his distinct conceptual style to illustrate the Make-A-Map guide booklets to accompany the Maps and the 20th Century: Drawing the Line exhibit at the British Library. The exhibit will be open to the public until the 1 March 2017. The exhibition focuses on how the past 100 years of mapping technology has shaped the society we live in. We had a chat with John to get his take on the project!
How did you approach this specific job?
I was very excited to be involved on this job as I’m a big fan of the British Library, the building is amazing, but also, over the years I have been to a few of the exhibitions they have and they are always really interesting, they have so much amazing stuff (not just books) in their archives! So when I first found out about the commission, I already had an idea of trying to do something involving the British Library building, even before I had the full brief! Whilst drawing up initial sketches the idea presented itself of making the building more ship-like, seeing as the exhibition was about maps / navigation. It was only after showing this concept to the client that they informed me that the building was originally conceived to be like a ship with the towers and round windows mimicking portholes etc, so the fact that I gave it a crow’s nest was very appropriate. I originally drew up 3 ideas, as seen below. We ended up going with a combination of ideas 1 and 2, so I worked up a more finished rough, also shown below! From there, I actually began on the final artwork.
Were you given much direction or did you have free conceptual reign?
I was given quite a free reign, and luckily they went with my first idea, pretty much. Once we agreed on the basic concept they pitched in some ideas for what details to include, they didn’t want to focus too much on old fashioned ideas of navigation so we needed to include some more contemporary and futuristic things, hence the rocket and the car being added.
How was this job different than others?
Every job is different! But this was a particularly fun one, and its always nice when the client like your ideas and lets you run with them, so in that way it was a very straight forward job, but is was nice to be involved in something like this, the exhibition itself is amazing! Everyone should go check it out.
Any other general thoughts on the project?
Just want to send a special thanks to John Overeem at the Births Library for Art direction and layout design.
Owen Davey illustrates cover and inner spreads for Directory of Illustration
We are very proud to announce that Owen Davey was the selected feature artist to create artworks for the cover, endpapers, title page, and contents page of the Directory of Illustration #33. As always, Owen did not disappoint in bringing his creative expertise to the project. The annual book consists of work by professional illustrators to be sent out to art directors around the world. We had a chat with Owen to get some insight in to the project, here’s what he had to say.
How did you approach this specific job?
I was given this years DOI theme which was ‘Make Them Look’ and decided to explore this idea as much as I could to try and find a narrative I could explore over the several pages I had to Illustrate. I focused on the ‘look’ element quite early on and had a vague recollection of a mythical creature with lots of eyes; something that would both be weird and cool to see (make people look) and also have lots of angles to ‘look’ from. When I found the Ancient Greek story of Argus who had one hundred eyes and his task to look after lo, his secret lover, I thought it was an awesome tale and something I could really play around with. I took inspiration from the approach of ancient Greek artwork on pottery for the endpapers, using only a combination of an off-black, an orange, and an off-white.
How was this job different than other?
I wasn’t really given much of a brief, and I was free to explore more of what I wanted to do. It’s been a while since I had a personal project, so I wanted to make the most of it, and draw the stuff I like drawing most.
What was the initial thought process behind the cover idea?
I wanted to start the story of Argus and lo in the middle, so that the cover would be intriguing to grab attention, but not necessarily give everything away about what this story was. Most people won’t ever have heard the story anyway, so I just wanted to create some form of ambiguous narrative for people to explore.
Any other general thoughts on the project?
I’m really proud of the results. I think I’m going to have to do some more work on Ancient Greek fables when I next have some free time.
Be sure to check out more of his work for the book below!
Maïté Franchi illustrates newest French Pop-Quiz Card Collection on Les Saints
Maïté Franchi’s charming digital style can be seen in her newest illustrations for the French publishing company MamE. Pop Quiz: Les Saints cards feature unique illustrations paired with a description about each saint. Each box contains 30 cards to be enjoyed by family or friends. Maïté, a French native herself, expertly illustrates images that symbolize each saint represented in the deck of cards.
Test your knowledge of the saints and check out Maïté’s wonderful illustrations!
Olivia Knapp creates hand drawn illustrations and animations for Pears Soap
Olivia Knapp offers her talent for crafting intricate, hand drawn crosshatched illustrations to Pears Soap’s newest advertorial campaign. The project was commissioned by creative agency Adam & Eve for Pears Soap. Olivia uses a combination of inked dots and lines to create detailed illustrations such as the ones for Pears Soap.
Pears Soap has been considered “the soap of London since 1807”. Olivia’s handcrafted paired perfectly with the essence of the handcrafted, authentic British soap. Olivia’s intriguing illustrations reflect Pears statement that “for 200 years we have held on to crafting Pears with care to give you a soap that is pure & gentle on your skin.”
Olivia thoroughly enjoyed working on the campaign. She explained, “It was the first opportunity to put my work into animation, which was really exciting!! Our goal for the campaign was to highlight the craftsmanship and care of these heritage projects. It was really important that the line quality felt soft, to support this idea of “gentleness”.” Using illustrator, she did a custom live trace and then used custom brushes to recreate any areas that were lost in the live trace. A tedious process, but definitely worth it! Well done Olivia!
Check out some of the amazing work below!
Alexander Wells illustrates new edition of Isaac Asimov’s I,Robot for The Folio Society Christmas Collection!
Alexander Well’s offers his unique and vibrant style to illustrate the graphics for a new print edition of the classic novel for The Folio Society’s Christmas Collection 2016. I, Robot is a collection of nine science fiction short stories by Isaac Asimov and explores the complex world of robotics. The futuristic, sci-fi style of writing pairs well with Alexander’s comic illustration background.
Alexander utilizes a mix of traditional and digital mediums to create detailed visuals that are spread throughout the novel and on the cover. Check out some of the illustrations below and get your copy of the book out now!
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