Showing posts with label Illustration. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Illustration. Show all posts

Sunday, April 5, 2009

No Love Lost

                                               Jonas Lofgren in Lula                   

At the day job, I get to see a lot of new illustrators' work and there is an overwhelming volume of work out there. It's hard to explain what I like but I usually know when I see it. Feminine but not too girly, youthful but not childish, homespun but not twee, nothing too digitally enhanced or overly polished. Work with thought, craft and technique behind it - illustrators like Lizzie Finn, Vanessa Da Silva, Jonas Lofgren. After years of photography completely dominating magazines, it's a delight to see art directors embracing illustration, seeing it as a real alternative to the photographic image. 

Two of illustration's big guns, Natasha Law and Daisy de Villeneuve have joined forces for a show at Eleven gallery that explores the dark side of friendship. They can be added to my list of favourites - and I swear it's not just because of the sister-of-Jude, daughter-of-Jan celebrity connections - I swear. There's an interesting concept behind the show. It's built around a fictional character with many unflattering qualities - I'm sure we all know someone like her  - a demanding, high-maintenance, self-obsessed diva who causes lots of drama in your life, who you will never be able to devote enough time to.

                                               Image by Natasha Law