Since I last wrote about him in August of last year, Jan van der Veken has been working tirelessly to raise his profile from well-respected but mildly obscure illustrator genius to worldwide household name. His online presence has maintained a pleasing consistency, with updates coming thick and fast – much to the delight of those of us still waiting to see his work in some UK publications – and there are rumours of a monograph of his work appearing some time over the course of this year.
And about time too, as Jan is every bit the consummate image-maker, with draughtsmanship and typographic skills that only the very best illustrators could aspire to, not to mention his incredible eye for colour. Long may his rise to superstardom continue!
- Give thanks, and join us in the weekly feast that is the Best of the Web
- Discos and design explored in gorgeous new Bedford Press book Nightswimming
- Unusual nudes and strange, glittering fashion photography from Arnaud Lajeunie
- Seoul-based studio Chung Choon applies an elegance and simplicity to its posters
- See the work of some of Nick Knight's most impressive new protégés
- Designer Chloe Pannatier looks at fakes and risk in art and money
- Jonathan Barnbrook talks us through designing David Bowie's new album artwork
- Should illustrators be treated like designers?
- Anthony Burrill tells us about his numerous Etsy WORK HARD rip-offs
- Colourful masses with a Memphis aesthetic in Mariano Pascual’s illustrated alphabet
- Japanese illustrator Nimura Daisuke is back with his charmingly naughty gifs
- Grey London's thoughtful, powerful and innovative new campaign for Tate Britain