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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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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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    Here at It’s Nice That we spend an awful lot of time talking about, thinking about and writing about creatives but ultimately we don’t get too many chances to really see what goes on in their day-to-day working lives…until now. Our new collaboration with super-cool eyewear brand Ace & Tate – who believe in great design and ultimate customer choice – is taking us inside the studios, and inside the minds, of a host of some of our favourite creatives.

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    Let’s get this straight – no one uses colour pencils like Yann Kebbi. His rushing waves of familiar greens and reds depict street scenes filled with fumes, scowls, ageing pedestrians and whooshing movement – always with a dry happiness and a side order of mystery. Recently Yann’s wry depictions of human life have been featured in The New York Times and other prestigious rags, but some of his most interesting work lies in the personal sketches he whacks up on his blog for people like me to dribble at. The seemingly slapdash paintings of his family and the Hockney-esque sketches of the French countryside are exquisite, and proof that Yann has got so many more styles to try out yet before he perfects his repertoire.

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    Kristina Tzekova is an excellent testament to the belief that there’s no limit to what you can do with a packet of coloured pencils and a sheet of white paper. The illustrator recreates scenes from music videos and cult films in comic strip form, from Kanye West’s Bound 2 to Jim Jarmusch’s Mystery Train, and the results are the perfect cross between lo-fi doodles in the margin of a maths exercise book and Eadweard Muybridge’s pioneering photographic studies of motion. Simple though they may seem, her drawings are incredibly intricate, taking into account the continuity between each image just as scrupulously as they do the the details which easily have been missed, from the cheeky glint in an eye to the quirk of a top lip. Here’s hoping somebody picks up on Kristina’s work and makes them into a book sharpish!

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    Here at It’s Nice That we spend an awful lot of time talking about, thinking about and writing about creatives but ultimately we don’t get too many chances to really see what goes on in their day-to-day working lives…until now. Our new collaboration with super-cool eyewear brand Ace & Tate – who believe in great design and ultimate customer choice – is taking us inside the studios, and inside the minds, of a host of some of our favourite creatives.

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    Three cheers to Portuguese illustrator Marta Monteiro for executing what I would have believed to be an entirely impossible feat; creating a series about tiny, lilliputian women living in a giant world without it being even the slightest bit cutesy. Her miniature characters are practically heroines; tying up villains with cotton from a giant reel, transporting a slice of pizza on their shoulders and playing tug of war with spaghetti, and all in the style which has won Marta commissions from some of the great champions of illustration out there, including the New York Times and NoBrow. This series has even been awarded a gold medal by the Society of Illustrators in the category of commissioned work, so if you don’t take our word for how brilliant it is, take theirs! here’s hoping for dreams of Borrowers for nights to come.

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    They don’t come much sharper than Sara Andreasson, the Swedish illustrator who was on the site back in March but who has posted so much new work on her website that we see fit to feature her again already. The Swede has been hard at work, creating commissions for The Debrief, New York Times Magazine and Rolling Stone, toying with witty observations and reassuring block colour to demonstrate that she’s just as nimble whipping up images to suit a brief as she is with personal work. Her experiments with rasterisation and contrasting patterns are especially intriguing, hinting at a whole new technique which is ripe for exploration (and more of which can be seen of on her Tumblr.)

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    Julianna Brion is an editorial illustrator whose diverse portfolio houses projects for a bunch of fortunate clients. Like most creatives who make commissioned work though, when she’s not drawing to a brief she’s filling sketchbook after sketchbook with scrapbook-like doodles which are as beautiful, if not more so, than her finished images. Reclining figures, pastel dogs, picture-perfect houses and foliage all feature, rendered in a rainbow of acrylic paints and sketchy pencil. For me, looking at the sketchbook of a successful illustrator is kind of like peeping into the messy bedroom of an impossibly well-coiffed, super dapper gent. And who doesn’t like to be nosy?

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    Trust Helsinki-based illustration agency Agent Pekka to sign up some of the best illustration we’ve seen in a long while without so much as a cough to show it off! They’ve just added French illustrator Jean-Michel Tixier to their books, and he looks set to be an amazing addition.

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    When it comes to brightly-coloured multimedia creations Mike Perry is king, and as far as we’re concerned there’s little chance of anybody threatening to knock him off his throne any time soon. As if to strengthen his case, he’s just made My Mother Caught Me Doodling, a 160 page hardback celebration of the female form, which sees Mike create tribute after tribute to ladies. Naked ladies.

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    Considering it had been a while since I had had a proper delve through this great guy’s portfolio, revisiting his site was a refreshing reminder of just how talented Gwendal Le Bec really is. Sometimes people can be frowned upon for aping or mimicking a style from someone else but in Gwendal’s case it’s different as he successfully takes elements from all the most infamous illustrators of times gone by and adds them to his own style.

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    We’ve been harping on about what a terrific illustrator, and all-round cheery chap Ryan Gillett is for quite some time now, and it seems people have been taking notice. Ryan now counts the likes of Virgin, The Sunday Times, Anorak and Smith Journal among his many clients, who keep him busy at all hours on commissioned projects. It’s not hard to see why either; Ryan’s cheerful scenes made with the sensibilities of a traditional print-maker ought to excite even the most severe clients. But he still finds time to do the nice things that remind us what a stand-up guy he is; like producing screen printed postcards to send out to all his fans (including us). When they arrived the other week they brightened up our days, and also made us realise it was about time to praise Ryan once again…

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    Thank God for Laura Callaghan! In an illustrated world saturated with images of pretty girls sweetly baking cupcakes, making daisy crowns and chasing after boys, she injects a much-needed dose of the sinister femme fatale. Her characters have undercuts and piercings instead of being clad head to toe in lace, they read lesbian magazines instead of Vogue and they wear vials of their lovers’ blood round their necks. What more could you want from a role model?

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    Sergio’s back, and he’s as good as ever. With new tour posters for the likes of Mac DeMarco and Future Islands and a bundle of personal work, we decided to whack him and his pointy-nosed people up on the site once again. Retro and somehow futuristic at the same time, his prints steer clear of twee although smiley, bouncy-haired characters abound. Their massive forearms and John Lennon glasses say “I’m clever and I work hard” in a way reminiscent of early communist posters, mixed with a touch of The New Yorker; what a brilliant combination. I love Summer, a print of a sunbather on a beach gazing into a snow globe. It might not have occurred to Spanish Sergio, but to me this seems like a brilliantly British reaction to too much sun.