Valencian illustrator Sergio Membrillas is skilfully treading the line between saccharine sweet and genuinely communicative illustration, taking these two oft-opposing qualities and combining them to magnificent effect. His vast portfolio of work showcases an understanding of colur and composition that should make him the envy of his peers; opting for subtle, layered tones instead of the brash palettes currently in vogue.
Equally impressive is his mastery of character. Though the inhabitants of Sergio’s images are often beaming across sunny landscapes, there are darker forces at work in his world. Fires rage through open windows and old friends stab each other in the back. The negative emotions of these situations are beautifully rendered through subtle changes in posture and a simple flip of his trademark smile into a pained frown. We’re hoping to see a lot more from this talented fellow in the future.
- Dressed in Black: the resolute book covers of the Spektrum series
- Dima Shriyeav’s textured poster designs incorporate hand-drawn and digital elements
- Hai-Hsin Huang’s detailed and delicate illustrations present “the lightness of being”
- Laurent Eisler draws playful figures in “precariously balanced compositions”
- Small Gods magazine explores “anomalies of the drone”
- Adam Wells animates Love and Radio’s Dan Deacon interview through obtuse vignettes
- Fashion photographer Miles Aldridge shoots the cast of Game of Thrones for Time Magazine
- The Netherlands’ royal crest changes gender for national women’s football team kit by Nike
- Peek inside erotic magazine Odiseo’s very NSFW tenth issue
- Rick and Morty’s Exquisite Corpse trailer features 22 animators including Simon Landrein and Bendik Kaltenborn
- Design director, Gail Bichler, on The New York Times Magazine typography exhibition
- Mark Shaw captures the glamour of haute couture runways from the 1950s