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.