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Cracking editorial illustration from Berlin's Cristóbal Schmal

Posted by James Cartwright,

Chilean Berliner Cristóbal Schmal has got editorial illustration nailed. The South American native utilises impeccable composition and a reductive geometric style to create images that are immediately engaging, communicating their message with speed and precision. They also look magnificent. Cristóbal’s journey to professional illustration hasn’t been an easy one. Having trained as a graphic designer in his home town he spent five years in Spain working in commercial studios and as a waiter, pursuing illustration on the side. That incubation time seems to have worked well though as he’s sidestepped the awkward teething period many commercial illustrators experience while finding their feet, and cut straight to the good stuff. Look out for this man over the next couple of years, he’s going to be huge.

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Posted by James Cartwright

James started out as an intern in 2011 and is now one of our two editors. He oversees Printed Pages magazine and content wise has a special interest in graphic design and illustration. He also runs our online shop Company of Parrots and is a regular on our Studio Audience podcast.