A short documentary showing the working processes and studios of five illustrators chosen for Pick Me Up's Selects showcase 2016: Alice Bowsher, George Douglas, Julian Glander, Isabel + Helen and Jack Sachs.
Blok Design : Since 1998, we’ve been doing what we love, which is collaborating with thinkers and creators, companies and brands, from all over the world, taking on projects that blend cultural awareness, our love of art, and our belief in humanity to advance society and business alike. Follow Blok Design on Vimeo, on Twitter, and on Instagram.
The Allotment : We are a London-based branding and design agency driven by our love for creating transformative, brilliant and compelling work that’s impossible to ignore. We’re obsessed (in a good way) with helping our clients grow. That means finding persuasive big ideas based on rich storytelling that help build deeper, more satisfying relationships between individuals and brands. Follow them on Twitter and on Facebook.
Sheffield-based artist KID ACNE is best known for his comic-like illustrations and larger-than-life slogans. His epic murals and intricate wheat-pastes can be found across the planet, from Baku to Beijing, Milan to Miami, Sheffield to Sao Paulo. When KID ACNE is not drawing you will find him making music with rap group MONGRELS, alongside lifelong friend DJ Benjamin. (Source: IdN magazine). Follow him on Facebook and Twitter.
Joe Cruz: My work employs hands on methods and low-tech materials. It mostly revolves around appropriation, mark making and colour. The strongest themes running through my work are sexuality, gender and beauty. Follow Joe on Instagram, on Twitter and on Facebook.
Owen Gildersleeve is an artist based in London, specialising in handcrafted illustration, set design and art direction. Owen's Illustration work often plays with light and shadow, frequently combining multiple layered paper-cuttings with graphical forms and hand-rendered typography. Follow him on Vimeo, on Instagram, on Twitter, on tumblr and on Facebook.
Kyle Bean is a London based illustrator, director and set designer. He creates playful, concept-driven imagery for a variety of editorial and commercial projects as well as installations for fashion brands and events. Kyle’s work is usually characterised by a whimsical and meticulous reappropriation of everyday materials and handcrafted techniques which often straddle the boundaries between illustration, sculpture and animation. Follow Kyle on Twitter and on Instagram.
Sarah Illenberger is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Berlin working at the intersection of art, graphic design, and photography. With a focus on analog craftwork using everyday items, Sarah is renowned for creating vivid, witty images that open up new perspectives on seemingly familiar subjects. Follow her on Instagram.
Davy Evans is an award winning multidisciplinary designer and art director based in Brighton. His work specialises in moving image, photography, design, and art direction for musicians and agencies across the globe. Follow him on Instagram, on Twitter and on Tumblr.
Nendo : Giving people a small ” ! ” moment. There are so many small ” ! ” moments hidden in our everyday.
But we don’t recognize them. and even when we do recognize them,we tend to unconsciously reset our minds and forget what we’ve seen. But we believe these small ” ! ” moments are what make our days so interesting, so rich.
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Giant Ant : We're Giant Ant, a family of writers and directors, animators and editors.
We're designers and cinematographers, producers and composers. We believe in collaborating with the very best talent in the industry to create meaningful and creative work for a select list of clients that we respect.
Diana Beltran Herrera (b. 1987, Colombia) is a designer and artist that has been working over the past years with paper as the primary medium in the production of her work. For Herrera, there is a considerable distance in the relationship between human and nature, and throughout her work, she aims to repair this relation by producing elements that are constantly removed, altered and forgotten. Her work is presented as a resistance where those sculptures remain in an ideal state and act like a model of representation of a reality that doesnt suffer any change.
Originally from Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, George Douglas graduated with a BA in illustration from Edinburgh College of Art last year.
"I almost never look for specific material to start an image, and only rarely will I go hunting for a certain piece of photographic material to finish a picture. One of the things I enjoy most about working through appropriation is the serendipity of it, and I try to let the things I find lead the images I make. Chance is the driving force of my practice. I do have an extensive library that I draw from, but I'm also constantly sourcing new printed material from which to steal. And the term 'printed material' must be stressed; I'm interested in physical things, ultimately."
Jean Jullien is a French graphic artist currently living in London.
Tom Haugomat is a freelance illustrator.
Malika Favre is a French artist based in London whose style is often described as Pop-Art meets Op-Art based on her use of positive/negative space and colour. Follow @malikafavre on Twitter and Instagram.
Alice Bowsher is a London based illustrator.
Ugo Gattoni is a Parisian born and bred artist and art director, whose surreal and exquisitely detailed portraits, depictions of cityscapes, and strange, otherworldly objects and artefacts are renowned worldwide for their unparalleled level of skill. Follow him on Instagram.
Nicolas Menard is a French Canadian graphic artist working and living in London. He makes drawings, prints, animations, books and interactive. Follow him on Vimeo, on tumblr, on Twitter, and on Instagram.
Rich Nosworthy: I'm a freelance CG generalist / 3D motion designer. Originally from Devon in the UK, 5 years ago I swapped hemispheres to live and work in Auckland, New Zealand. Follow Rich on Vimeo and on Twitter.
Nicole Gustafsson is the creator behind NIMASPROUT. Nicole works as a full time illustrator, specializing in traditional media paintings featuring everything from woodland characters and environments, to pop culture based projects for Gallery 1988, Gallery Nucleus and more. Follow her on Twitter, on Instagram, and on Tumblr.
Kyle T. Webster is an international award-winning illustrator, living in North Carolina, who has drawn for The New Yorker, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, Entertainment Weekly, Scholastic, Nike, IDEO, and many other distinguished editorial, advertising, publishing and institutional clients. He has created two top 50 mobile games, and he is the founder of KyleBrush.com, the company behind the world's best-selling Photoshop brushes for professional illustrators, animators, and designers. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram.
Steve Doogan - Scottish born Steve Doogan has been based in Dublin for the last 14 years. Having previously worked as an art director in the advertising industry he decided to ditch that side of the industry and concentrate on illustration, print making and working for himself. His client list includes album covers for Little Green Cars and Absolute Zero. He has also produced portraiture work for ICAD and OFFSET. For more info; doogan.ie
Otherwise known as Maciek Martyniuk, the Polish native, Yomagick, moved to Ireland eight years ago to undertake a degree in Visual Communication Design at Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology. His graduate showcase spilled over with digital app designs, video, animation, typography-driven poster work, pure form visual communication and even type design, earning him a first-class degree and the impetus to ditch the day job and start up his own studio. (Source: Computer Arts magazine #252) Follow him on Instagram.