This time of year makes me feel pretty festive in a way the official holidays never do. Graduate season is upon us and as we at It’s Nice That gear-up for our annual graduate showcase, it’s near impossible to ignore the abundance of post-graduate glory surfacing from the masters courses. And why would we?! Especially if their body of work is anything like the Royal College of Art illustrator Robert G. Fresson.
Harnessing with utmost respect the same aesthetic tone in its careful cymk separation, the fine-outline detailing and colour of Jean Giraud or Winsor McCay’s Little Nemo comics, Robert makes the work his own with beautifully-realised narratives run through with a special humour which he has quoted (“probably to himself”) as being “difficult for me to be seriously funny. I find I have an aptitude for being funnily serious” – which I thought was pretty apt.
The work lends itself wonderfully to panels and the painterly quality of the colour plus the space he gives its subjects, grants each frame a sort of extra, epic significance which only that sort of attention to detail can provide. It also allows great narrative potential between seemingly random images that appear in the same format and style, like a big disjointed comic or a really, really slow animation or, maybe, just a really fantastic portfolio that gives you plenty to read into.
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- Musical instruments with a modernist aesthetic by Hundo
- Former Buzzcocks drummer John Maher exhibits his photography work in Nobody's Home
- Monument Valley creator ustwo gives us a peak at its bookshelf
- Non-Verbal Club explores connections and ideas for new URSA identity
- Experimental and expressive independent magazines from 1914 - 2016
- Benedict Redgrove’s beautifully hypnotic film about how a tennis ball is created
- Tommy Cash subverts the tropes of rap videos with a fleshy celebration of the human body (NSFW)
- Ian Davis’ picturesque paintings of bureaucratic dystopia
- Is it ever OK to work for free?
- Pentagram unveils refresh of Mastercard’s brand mark and identity
- Peter Saville and Tate Design Studio create beer can artwork for Switch House pale ale