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.