New-York based fashion designer Kareem Iliya originally from Beirut, is known for his beautiful silhouettes made of washed out tones and very simple shapes. The vibrant colours and combination of inks, pastels, textured papers and some computer manipulation give his illustrations a mystical mood.
Kareem initially studied fashion design at the University of Texas, USA then continued his studies at the Institute of Fashion Technology in New York.
He started his fashion career working with Georgio Armani and from 1992 also freelanced as an illustrator.
His work has been featured in W Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar, Mademoiselle, The New Yorker and many more. He has also illustrated several books including “Nouvelle Pornography” by Marie Nimier.
Hauntingly full of grace and mystery, Kareem’s illustrations ooze sensuality and portray women and the female form in a most sensitive way. The beauty and grace capture the viewer. Even though mostly he paints a solitary figure, the allure and romance of another is quite often implied.
Han Hoogerbrugge is a Dutch illustrator born in Rotterdam, where he is still based, and started out as a painter and cartoonist until he found the internet in 1996. who’s main character is himself – or rather, a warped, tweaked and confused reflection of himself. His existentialist views on life in the western world are laced with offbeat humor. His animations are ironic and sarcastic. And his illustrations make interesting social comments that intrigue the mind Nothing is what is seems in Hoogerbrugge’s universe. But in a strange and contradictory way, that is somewhat of a reassurance…
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Imagination and ” a good drawer” was what defined Shaun Tan as a kid from the Perth suburbs. Another description of Tan’s work is an example of the Australian vernacular
‘at once banal and uncanny, familiar and strange, local and universal, reassuring and scary’.
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Maurice Sendak was a Caldecott award winning children’s book illustrator and author. I have chosen to respond to Quentin Blake’s observation that ‘…as an illustrator, you need to understand the human body – but having looked at and understood nature, you must develop an ability to look away and capture the balance between what you’ve seen and what you imagine’ using Sendak’s beloved classic Where The Wild Things Are as an example.
The Wild Things lies somewhere between reality and fantasy and perfectly fits into Blake’s criteria of an illustrator as the book’s wildly imaginative characters and landscapes reflect the storyline. Sendak captured the public’s imagination with the tale and imagery of a boy’s journey into a strange landscape inhabited by grotesque yet appealing monsters.
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David Sossella is an illustrator from Venice, Italy. Working in digital illustration and specialising in vector graphics, he is the co-founder of Gusto Robusto and is currently working with animation company, Manifactory.
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