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Review of the Year 2017: Top 25 Illustration

There’s been numerous illustration projects and portfolio updates the team at It’s Nice That has poured over this year. The top 25 most read illustration posts reflects the breadth and diversity we’ve seen in the last 12 months whether that’s through the methods used, the ideas explored or their purpose. From new discoveries to old treasures, these are just some of your favourites from this year.

  • Fredrik-andersson-illustration-itsnicethat-1 Work / Illustration “Sex is fun, naked bodies are fun”: meet illustrator Fredrik Andersson

    With an “obsession for drawing naked people, especially hairy men”, London-based illustrator, Fredrik Andersson, tackles topics such as sexuality, gender and intimacy with a necessary element of humour. Since graduating from Camberwell College of Arts in 2016, he has since created a diverse portfolio of mediums, featuring ceramics, watercolours, inks and various printmaking techniques. It’s Nice That caught up with Fredrik to discuss the reasons behind his work and to find out more about his recent endeavours.

    Ayla Angelos
  • Alex-norris-webcomic-name-illustration-itsnicethat-list Work / Illustration Alex Norris’ hilarious three-panelled webcomics are universally appealing

    Alex Norris’ daily web comic series Webcomic Names sees the adventures of a “badly drawn blob” character play out through cliched, relatable gags, all ending with “oh no”. The series was inspired by another project called Dorris McComics, a webcomic series Alex used to labour over. “For April Fools one year, I posted eight comics as I joked that Dorris McComics was becoming an extremely relatable and share-able, with eight updates every day. I really enjoyed making them and they went down a storm, so a few years later I decided they would be fun as a daily comic series,” he explains.

    Rebecca Fulleylove
  • Int_the_graduates_2017_jamie_edler_list Regulars / The Graduates 2017 Illustrator Jamie Edler approaches complex topics with lightness and humour

    Born in Bristol, illustrator Jamie Edler wasn’t set on going to university but a tutor at A level eventually persuaded him to apply. “I applied to five different universities and decided not to do an art foundation,” says Jamie. “I made the choice to study at Falmouth, deferred a year and moved to China for a bit to teach English.” For Jamie that break gave him time to be ready to get back into education and became an experience that “inspired and motivated” him. “I always knew if I were to study at uni, I would study illustration. It was something I’d always pursued – apart from a few weeks where I thought I might study music!”

    Rebecca Fulleylove
  • Int_the_graduates_2017_jiye_kim_list Regulars / The Graduates 2017 Kingston graduate Jiye Kim creates minuscule illustrations with maximum effect

    Kingston graduate Jiye Kim creates illustrations that are swift in movement, capturing a scene in the blink of an eye. Naming “exaggeration, narrative and movement” as the key elements to her illustration practice, each of her drawings are highly detailed sketches, minuscule drawings with maximum effect.

    Lucy Bourton
  • Robbaileylistint Work / Illustration Rob Bailey talks through creating over 40 posters for London Underground

    If you’ve been catching the London Underground recently you will have spotted Rob Bailey’s striking illustrations for Transport for London. Rob’s vivid drawings balance informative illustration with visually pleasing design, advising commuters and tourists day to day. 

    Lucy Bourton
  • Ramhan-illustration-itsnicethat-list Work / Illustration Illustrator Ram Han’s Alice in Wonderland dreamscape

    Ram Han’s candy-coloured illustrations depict a dreamscape straight out of Alice’s Wonderland, where nothing is quite what it seems. Sexual fantasies are interrupted by super-sized voyeurs; a texting girl is shadowed by a partner whose face has been replaced by a swirling galaxy; a table serves up a Furby which seems to have been skinned and taken apart piece by piece. “The surreal-ness always comes from the real stimulation,” the Seoul-based illustrator explains. “It could be based on emotions, or abstract ideas, but it has to come from my very personal experience. However the most important goal is to create something that leaves an impression, rather than something to be analysed.”

    Bryony Stone

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