Tag Archives: #illustration

Andrea De Santis

Andrea De Santis is a freelance illustrator and graphic designer based in the center of Italy.  After graduation at the Art School, he started working as graphic designer in several fields, such as toys, apparel, and communications. Illustration has always been his dream and decided to dedicate himself to this line of work with clients from various publishers and communication agencies.  On Gestalten he says this about his illustration methods:

“Mostly I work with paper and an F pencil initially, and then use an HB pencil to clean the drawing. From there, I scan the drafts that work the best and do the coloration on Photoshop, as well as any additional changes that might be necessary to give to the client an idea of the color palette and style that I will use for the final piece. After we’ve agreed on an illustration, I proceed to trace my sketch on Illustrator. Adding details and shading the image with flat colors, I bring everything to Photoshop to apply textures, shadows, and effects such as lights and reflections as needed before finishing each piece off with small details to bring it all together.”

You can follow the artist on his website, Behance, and Instagram.  Some of his pieces can be purchased in his Curioos shop.

Images:  Courtesy of Andrea De Santis.

Tom Eckersley (1914 – 1997)

Tom Eckersley was born in Lancashire, England in 1914.  He studied commercial art at Salford Art School and moved to London to become a freelance poster designer. He was amongst the foremost poster artist during the 30’s producing much work for London Transport.

He developed a style that emphasized geometric forms creating a bold, simple style well suited for posters.  The artist was not only involved in graphic design but also in teaching it.  He helped develop the first undergraduate courses in graphic design in Britain.

Images:  Courtesy of various sources.

Fran Labuschagne

Admiring the creative style of South African illustrator and animator Fran Labuschagne.  Her work often has a playful theme with a touch of humor.  We particularly like her characters and her soothing palette.  On an interview with Design Kids she says this about how she developed her style:

“I think personality also played a big role in the development of my style. The humoristic undertone is definitely due to my own tongue-in-cheek sense of humor. I’m also quite the perfectionist, so I like perfectly round corners and geometric shapes. I try to break that up a little with organic shapes and subtle rough textures, as I have a soft side to me as well.”

You can follow the artist on her website, Instagram, Behance and Dribble.

Images:  Courtesy of Fran Labuschagne.