Category Archives: Surface Design

Jane Robbins

Admiring these intricately cut paper collages created by UK based artist Jane Robbins. She studied
graphic design at Hornsey College of Art focusing primarily on printmaking. She later began to work in paper collage and with encouragement from family and friends decided to make it a full time career. Her unique and beautiful collage images are inspired by flat pattern, patchwork, and found objects. You can view more of her work on her website and on Instagram.

Images: Courtesy of Jane Robbins.

Gina and Matt

Gina and Matt is the collaborative illustration studio of Gina Triplett and Matt Curtius.  They met while attending the Maryland Institute College of Art where she focused on illustration and he studied painting. They were able to combine their skills to create art often together and sometimes singularly. They share their cultural influences here on Communication Arts website:

“In our art and in our life, we have drawn inspiration from a great many people and things that have included: vintage textiles, sixteenth-cen­tury Flemish painting, The American Visionary Arts Museum, Kelly Blair and Joel Holland, Greg Klein, Rachel Salomon, used book stores, The Last Drop Coffee House, Headcase Design, Lord Whimsy, the Standard Tap, Man Man, The Wissahickon, Dave Eggers, Donald Baechler, The Carter Family, The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge, Spur Design, Whitney Sherman and Julian Allen.”

You can find the couple on their website and with Gina individually on Facebook and Instagram and with Matt also on Facebook and Instagram.

Images: Courtesy of Gina and Matt.

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Mark Conlan

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.