There’s nothing more satisfying that stumbling across an illustrator’s work which oozes individuality and creativity. One of the toughest parts of becoming a successful illustrator is having the confidence and charisma to define an illustration style, nurture it, and roll it out for all to see.
We’re always on the hunt for new illustrators and getting inspired by other creative’s work. We have noticed the same names popping up in various illustration blogs and arts and culture magazines recently, and… quite rightly so, because these guys are hot on the scene at the moment, and making an impact with their skills.
In this article we run through 5 illustrators that we’re loving at the moment, with some of our favourite pieces for each.
The ORCA crew are massive fans of Lynnie’s work all round. Her bold use of colour and patterns are crafted together forming striking but beautifully simple creations that follow a classic Lynnie Z style, you can spot a mile off. She’s gone from strength to strength and earlier in the year (Feb 19) She took over Shoreditch’s ‘The Book Club’ with a solo exhibition showcasing a variety of her work. We love the custom-made (by Art of Ping Pong) ping pong table and interactive space with her illustrations slapped all over the place! See more about the show here. Her unique, simple style has got her a pretty solid client list including RTO LIFEWTR, The New York Times, MAC Cosmetics, Nike, Taschen, Estrella.
Marylou Faure is a Parisian illustrator and artist, currently based in London. We love her playful, vibrant colours and the unique approach of illustrating female figures. You can spot a piece by her instantly. Marylou Faure’s simple colour palette and the flowing, layered shapes she uses in her compositions makes her work so recognisable. Her client list includes Lush, Asos, Deliveroo, Spotify and loads more.
Another illustrator whose work champions female empowerment is Kelly Anna. We are loving her fun, playful vibe and she is everywhere right now. Her pieces are composed of female figures often in a really expressive, powerful form, layered up with vibrant patterns and abstract collages. Kelly Anna started her career as a fashion illustrator. She has a great sense of texture, shapes and a fluid, loose illustrative style. Earlier in her career, she was Head of Print at Illustrated People. This is where her graphics and prints ended up being worn by Beyonce and Cara Delevingne to name a few. Nowadays, she’s just casually designing custom shoes for Nike and getting write ups in Forbes magazine – no biggy!
This up and coming Finnish illustrator works by day as a graphic designer with the Helsinki collective GRMMXI. He has been slowly making a name for himself through his hand crafted personal works. Inspired by old textiles ceramics and artists like Jockum Nordström, Kekki often uses cut outs and collages as a starting point. He then transfers them to digital compositions where he tweaks his colours. Antti’s work has been picked up by Arlo Skye who are well known for their luxury collection of suitcases. He was even asked to design a custom interior lining for one their exclusive suitcases!
We first spotted Marcello’s work when It’s Nice That gave him a shout out a few years back, since then we’ve been keeping an eye on his work and what he’s been up to. Checking back in recently we noticed that he’s gone and setup the Good Day Club. A shop and collective of a damn fine selection of artists and illustrators selling gorgeous t-shirts and prints. Marcello himself creates patterns made out of cut-outs, collages, print graphics, textures and brush strokes. His website features a massive collection of styles and various series, some of which have been used by the likes of the Whip Appeal Collective and printed on custom swimsuits which look awesome.
Check out some of our own illustration work.