Category Archives: Illustration

Jason Munn

Wisconsin native Jason Munn now calls Oakland, California his home. He started his career with a love of independent music and design and in 2003 he founded his studio, The Small Stakes, where he produces designs for a wide range of products. The artist is best known for his poster designs, which are concept-driven and restrained, keeping only what is essential to the composition. On an interview with Grain Edit he discusses his use of found imagery:

“At first I wasn’t confident in my abilities to draw etc. Plus it was a huge part of the learning process for me. I was learning how images work together but, as I became more confident, I started to incorporate more illustration into my work.”

And on Teen Vogue he says this:

“My early work used a lot of found imagery or combined multiple pieces of found imagery to create something new. I rarely use found imagery now, but I do work with a lot of common objects, changing them in some way to get a different meaning from the objects and to relate them to the bands.”

You can see more of his work on his website and Instagram.

Images: Courtesy of Jason Munn.

Bil Donovan

Admiring the loose broad brush strokes and bright colors of fashion illustrator Bil Donovan. Since 2009 he has served as the first artist-in-residence for Christian Dior Beauty. He is also considered one of the most prolific and esteemed fashion and lifestyle illustrators working today. On an interview with Philly.com he tells us a little bit about himself and his work:

“Every summer, the Broadway Movie Theater would donate free tickets for the children in the neighborhood to see matinee films. Most of the films were reruns ranging from comedies to horror. Occasionally, a fashion drama would play and during one matinee I saw “Sabrina” with Audrey Hepburn.”

“There is a moment in the film when Ms. Hepburn seems to glide across the ballroom in a Givenchy gown. I wanted to create that moment again, not through the lens of a camera or on a dress form, but through my passion, drawing.  That moment was my epiphany, and the genesis of my becoming a fashion illustrator.”

“In my quest to keep exploring, I am always looking for a new medium to incorporate into my work. I was approached by Winsor & Newton to experiment with the brand’s new Pigment Markers. I was thrilled, as I only use Winsor & Newton brushes and gouache in my work so this was a wonderful coincidence. I am now working on images on site in NYC with the Pigment Markers for the Winsor & Newton Colour Your City campaign and world-touring exhibit. Next up, Times Square and the Flat Iron Building, so stay tuned.”

You can follow the artist on his website, Facebook and Instagram.

Images: Courtesy of Bil Donovan.

Yuya Takamizawa

Thinking about trying our hands at paper cutting. These designs are the works of Japanese cutting artist, illustrator and designer Yuya Takamizawa. His work is influenced by folk art from around the world and Scandinavian design. He creates his work at Atelier Folk where he sells paper cutouts, tenugui (cloth towel), and postcards while his wife sells yeast bread and jam. You can view his work on his website and Instagram. You can also view his wife’s culinary expertise on Atelier Sparrow and on Instagram.

Images: Courtesy of Yuya Takamizawa.