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.
- Take the Jack Sachs animated tour of the Tate Britain, and meet his odd CG characters along the way
- The effortlessly lovely hand-drawn illustrations of Paula Bulling
- Kii Monroe Arens' delicious gig posters
- Alex Paulus’ paintings are full of misshapen characters in odd situations
- Taiwanese graphic designer Wang Zhi-Hong’s sublime cover designs
- Carmel Buckley and Mark Harris dissect the album covers of calypso singer Mighty Sparrow
- Wes Anderson directs H&M Christmas advert starring Adrien Brody
- The New Look: Looking back at Roundel’s 1980s identity design for British Rail’s Railfreight
- Discussing cinema with Laura Marling on her directorial debut, Soothing
- London’s first crisp restaurant, Hipchips, launches with branding by Ragged Edge
- Richard Sandler’s street photography conveys the intricacies of city life
- A "stress opus" from cartoonist Nadine Redlich