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    the palace explodes the shrimp bail, when the flower want to oxygen and nutrition, i will help too much.

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    the palace explodes the shrimp bail, when the flower want to oxygen and nutrition, i will help too much.

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    Marin, Jack, Ellie

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Illustration

Things

Posted by Bryony Quinn,

Here is this week’s crop of the post bags and hand-delivered goodies, complete with cook book, photo zine and some especially talented illustrators’ efforts. Serge Seidlitz, Harriet Cory-Wright, Bruno Zhu & Mengxi Zhang, Jack Hughes, Marin Matsuo, Ellie Tzoni and everyone at Innocent can share this excellent edition of Things with the anniversary of the Apollo 11 launch. Which I think we can all agree is very cool.

Serge vs. Spaceship Earth Serge Seidlitz

Really nice screen printed graphic illustration from Serge in advance of his upcoming show. Which, if his super-prolific portfolio is anything to go by, should make for good viewing. It’s an easy-going style that belies such a bold statement as taking on the world. Go for it we say, we’re looking forward to the exhibition/death match. While on the subject, Buckminster Fuller once wrote a book about operating Spaceship Earth which Serge should probably read before jumping into the ring.
www.sergeseidlitz.com

Paper Sound Harriet Cory-Wright

Paper Sound “navigates through the rhythmic and temporal dimensions of a world described by J.G Ballard in The Sound-Sweep.” From this most intriguing opening, this carefully cloth-spined book with risographed, bible thin pages, moves into some of the promised abstract landscapes and textured layers that fit the meta-heavy prose of JGB. Lovely pencil skills and perspective-less composition, all very pleasing to the eye.
www.harrietcorywright.com

the palace explodes the shrimp bail, when the flower want to oxygen and nutrition, i will help too much. Bruno Zhu & Mengxi Zhang

Like a game of consequences, each colour photo by Bruno is answered or questioned by Mengxi’s black & whites. They show us their experiences and their different perspectives, a shared love of the obscure and the unexpected places you can find it. Each image is a random/bleak/bright/astute narrative appendage, that instead of being freakish to look at makes a quite lovely whole, with an excellent sense of humour and healthy irony.
www.mengxiz.com
www.brunozhu.tumblr.com

Marin, Jack, Ellie Jack Hughes, Marin Matsuo, Ellie Tzoni

A refreshingly friendly team effort from three Kingston illustration graduates Jack, Marin and Ellie. Just like a fun picnic, the combination of each person’s work makes each piece even better. With a big emphasis on equality (three colours, three sheets. three websites etc.) you may think that it is a collaborative project; however what this really contains is three very separate and personal projects, linked only by the friendship of the creators and the quality of the prints.
www.jack-hughes.com
www.marin-matsuo.com
www.ellietzoni.co.uk

Hungry? Everyone at Innocent

Best read at lunch! Reading about food is wonderful, eating food is even better – is this the augmented reality all the digital designers are promising us? It’s very good. Branding is as branding does and 99% of the recipes are simple as. Except the foccacia recipe which I don’t trust, from personal experience it has destroyed all self- confidence and desire to bake. Cooking-by-colour aesthetics, easy graphics, playful photography and an excellent recipe for banana ice-cream.
www.innocentdrinks.co.uk

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Posted by Bryony Quinn

Bryony was It’s Nice That’s first ever intern and worked her way up to assistant online editor before moving on to pursue other interests in the summer of 2012.

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    Tim Laing’s work is quintessentially English; moody and faintly depressing, created with shades of grey that aptly summarise the perpetual state of our weather, food and temperaments. Which is why he’s the perfect choice to illustrate John Le Carré’s back catalogue for the prestigious Folio Society. The images he’s created to accompany classic works of spy fiction like Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and The Honourable Schoolboy are beautifully atmospheric, imbued with the tension of Cold War espionage and an imminent sense of danger. He’s also careful never to show any faces, meaning you’re still allowed to let your imagination run riot, inventing your own terrifying visage for the double agent waiting to put a bullet in you. Thrilling stuff!

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    There’s a very simple kind of pleasure to be had from illustrator Liam Stevens’ work. The image-maker and designer occupies himself predominantly with line-work and geometric shapes, creating vast landscapes and atmospheric compositions from very little. Collage elements enter into his practice from time to time, but on the whole his sketches function using a simple cross-hatch which gestures vaguely towards a form, or a series of wiggly lines used to demarcate a sprawling horizon. Finding Liam’s work online allows it to function in much the same way a breath of fresh air does in a loud, smoggy city. Breathe deep and enjoy the view.

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    What do I love most about the work of Irkus M Zeberio? Oh, thanks for asking. I think it’s probably the sheer irreverence present in each piece of ink on paper. The Basque Country-based illustrator has an extraordinary knack for creating bewitchingly chaotic scenes that demonstrate the most base human desires, combined with an energetic, frenetic drawing style that keeps my eyes flicking rapidly across pages of his work. In terms of narrative, Irkus predominantly creates comics and images that maintain the sensibilities of a sci-fi-obsessed teenage boy with a burgeoning porn collection; there’s vicious she-beasts devouring the heads of their lovers, nudism in space, penis sketches hidden in random places and an abundance of curvaceous bottoms – the kind of stuff that would seem trivial if it wasn’t supported by some wickedly funny story lines. How we’ve not featured him before I’ll never know.

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    Hotel branding can so often be a dowdy affair, as if the design nods to the temporary nature of the building’s inhabitants – something to move on from, rather than to dwell on. So it’s wonderful to see a brave, opulent new identity for the Connaught in London’s Mayfair, designed by The Partners around a stunning new artwork by Kristjana S Williams which now hangs in the hotel.

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    June 2013: We introduce you to illustrator and recent Berlin resident Jay Wright. We love his work, you enjoy it massively too, and thereafter he takes on a whole heap of freelance work. Fast forward 16 months and Jay’s new portfolio website shows he’s been one heck of a busy guy, not only commercially but personally too. Alongside magazine covers for The Loop and Das Magazine there’s a glut of witty spot illustrations, brand new zines and some lovely personal work that explores the theme of superstition. It’s definitely worth having a proper rummage around on his site, and when you do be sure to have a look at the ladder. You won’t regret it.

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    Michael Parkin’s portfolio is a wonderful mix of commissioned work interspersed with personal projects, which is exactly what you want when looking through a creative’s website. His style is simple but well observed and whether he’s creating a poster for Little White Lies or a series of prints relating to a trip to Denmark, Michael’s work is wonderful at telling a story.

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    I love that moment when big brands start to recognise the immense talents of illustrators who had previously been making work primarily for themselves, and duly commission them to do exactly what they do best. Linda Linko is a prime example; since being signed to Agent Pekka the Finnish illustrator has been gathering speed as well as commissions, creating her characteristically bold artwork for a number of huge posters and magazine covers.

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    Lawrence Zeegen has never been one to mince his words. The illustrator, writer and dean of design at London College of Communication has recently launched his new book Fifty Years Of Illustration which he co-wrote with Grafik editor Caroline Roberts. It’s an impressively ambitious undertaking with the duo condensing five decades into 1,000 images by 240 illustrators from 30 countries. Lawrence admits it’s a “pretty personal selection” but one that aims to “represent the movers and shakers across each decade according to the work I believe was instrumental in shaping the discipline.”

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    Growing up in a family of doctors, Swedish illustrator and paper-cut artist Petra Börner secured her first commission (illustrating medical journals) through her surgeon mother, which might go some way to explaining why her work is so reminiscent of botanical diagrams in biology textbooks. Petra’s principle subject is the flora and fauna of the natural world, which she creates using paper cut techniques so intricate and painstakingly-detailed that they scarcely look like they could be real.

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    Alright, we admit it – Peter Judson has made a lot of work we’ve been really into this year, and he’s had the props on the site to prove it. But why should we be made to contain ourselves when he keeps producing illustration of this calibre? Why, we ask you?

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    If, like me, you spent many an hour in your teenage years gazing absentmindedly at Larry Carlson’s experimental website Medijate, you’ll no doubt be similarly transfixed by The Landfill from the very talented Santtu Mustonen. Stitching together a “collection of unused sketches, leftover drawings and rejected ideas from forgotten projects” to a mesmerising soundtrack by Tuomas Alatalo, Santtu created a hypnotic animation that’s a work of art in its own right.

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    As the man who gave form to the twisted genius of Hunter S. Thompson, British illustrator’s Ralph Steadman’s latest project seems like a perfect fit. Ralph has worked with Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan to illustrate some limited-edition Blu-Ray covers for a special boxset of the series due out early next year.

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    Having just re-read Sammy Harkham’s 2012 anthology of short stories Everything Together I was stupidly excited to find out he’s just got himself on Tumblr and uploaded a small but growing archive of work both old and new. Included in among old covers of Kramers Ergot, book jackets for Kafka anthologies, Bonnie Prince Billy album covers and bits and pieces of rejected work are original drawings from his ongoing graphic novel (and surely future masterpiece) Blood of the Virgin, which he’s also selling to fund further work on the project. I for one cannot wait to see this project massive volume finally realised. Keep at it Sammy!