One of the greatest things about ELCAF becoming an annual event on the London comics scene is the guaranteed discovery of incredible local talent; it’s so easy to just turn up and find a heap of folks making excellent work and living within a half-mile radius. This year one of the best, and nearest, finds was Dilraj Mann, an illustrator living in Dalston that I’d never encountered until Saturday, though his studio is just round the corner.
Dilraj makes illustration that’s firmly grounded in Dalston night life, rendering north-east London’s trendy ladies in his trademark clean lines. He’s got a particular penchant for curvy women in skin-tight jeans, glorifying their voluptuous figures with the simple strokes of his brush. I’ll be keeping an eye out for this guy in future, and hopefully getting hold of his new zine Stroke.
- My First: Colophon and Sophie Mayanne talk about the themes of their book, Twenty-Two
- Patrick Kyle uses analogue and digital techniques in these pared-back illustrations
- Audrey Weber’s eccentrically enlarged figurative illustrations
- Hanne Berkaak’s deeply moving and sensitive animation tackling self-harm
- The Smudge: Clay Hickson and Liana Jegers launch publication in reaction to US presidential result
- Set designer Gary Card on the importance of being a chameleon
- Grope Sans: a very rude typeface by Bompas & Parr
- Japanese graphic designer Ryu Mieno creates type-heavy works fizzing with energy
- The reductive and exacting work of graphic designer Laura Prim
- Why creative education for advertising is stuck in the dark ages
- Leipzig-based graphic designer Anja Kaiser takes us through her portfolio
- Nicolas Jaar releases Network, a book inspired by radio