Mark Conlan is an Irish multi-disciplined illustrator currently living in Melbourne, Australia. His style shows a strong use of characters, vibrant color palettes, and whimsical situations. In an interview on Medium.com he reveal a few things about himself:
“I am a big believer in keeping notebooks on the go all the time. I believe this is a huge part of development and discovery. I also love the idea of having full notebooks to go back on and pick up ideas for future projects.”
“In these notebooks, I try experiment as much as I can. I think being experimental keeps me fresh and it can give me some great techniques to bring into my digital work.”
“I guess defined is a hard word to use when it comes to my style. I would like to think that I am beginning to find a style that I can call my own. I have only really been an illustrator for over a year now, so it could always take several more years to really define it.”
“Yeah I really do feature several elements throughout my work quite regularly. I guess the main reason is because these are subjects that really interest me and I find it easiest to express myself through them.”
You can see more of his work on his website, Facebook, Instagram, Behance, and Dribble.
Images: Courtesy of Mark Conlan.
Admiring the botanical illustrations of Polish graphic designer and illustrator, Olga Kawa. The artist created the layouts and illustrations of this book entitled, “Magic Herbarium”, which was a part of her master thesis. Some of the illustrations were used on sketchbook covers and cotton bags. You can follow this designer on Facebook and see more of her work on Behance.
Images: Courtesy of Olga Kawa.
Love the simple aesthetics of Sweden-based graphic designer and illustrator Patrik Svensson. Much of his work show his passion for art, movies and music. One of our favorite series is his flippable drawings that show two sides of the same story. On an interview with The Raw Book he gives us a glimpse of himself:
“I was born and bred in a small village in the south of Sweden. After having studied lots of different subjects and spent some years at dead-end jobs, I finally managed to build up enough confidence to explore the creative business professionally. Since a few years back, I work full time as a freelance illustrator, primarily in the publishing and advertising industry.”
“One summer some years ago, I worked as a freight forwarder. The job consisted of pressing a key on your keyboard, type some numbers in a blank field on the screen, and then press another key. After having done that 200 times a day, I saw my future dissolve in front of my eyes. One morning on my way to this hell, I came across an ad for a graphic design class. I applied, was admitted and finally started to breathe again, so that would probably be the defining moment–realizing life is too short to not do things that make you spark, basically.”
You can follow the artist on his website, Facebook and Instagram.
Images: Courtesy of Patrik Svensson.