Coming from Argentina and currently living in Barcelona Betania Zacarias has illustrated for 5 children’s book which are published already. After studying in the University of Buenos Aires, the artist completed her training in the workshops of Mato Silvia illustration. In 2012, Zacarias was in the selected illustrators in Children’s Book Fair in Bologna, Italy. Along with her books, Zacarias is a teacher and gives illustration workshops mostly in Spain and Argentina.
The textures in her illustrations are trully amazing and it is like combining all kinds of different cultures together in harmony. The same multicultural feeling is also in the books she illustared for, where one story is in North Pole and the other in an Arab country. I really loved the polar bear thou.
You can find her blog here and her portfolio here. And some of her other works here.
Picking wildflowers and collecting animal bones, Teagan White, took my heart the first time I saw her illustration of two foxes making a toast (the first picture). The freelance illustrator, lives in Minnesota and earned her BFA in Illustration from the Minneapolis College of Art & Design. While spending her free time exploring the nature in the woods the artist probably wonders in her imagination too.
I love how the artist can fill one empty space with life; characters are in harmony and the connections between are obviously made with care. Each story can be understood individually and collectively. Her usage of selected colors and round-basic space, the drawings can take all the focus and gives a real home feeling. White’s humour are hidden in the details , which are my favorites; sock eating mouse or the hidden hand under the coat.
White’s talent can be seen in many different places, including Wired Magazine, Anthropologie, here or here . Her latest work for Birch Fabrics is my favorite and would love to get one of it. (here)
Interested in vintage toys and amusement parks, Gabriella Barouch, is a Paris based illustrator, working on worldwide commissions, books and projects. The artist, has graduated from B.DES from Bezalel Academy of Art and Design and majored in illustration. Selected as the ‘artist of the season’ by Jerusalem Season of Culture 2012, Barouch has many great artworks for various projects from music illustrations to calendars and postcards.
Being both adorable and dark at the same time, I’m simply charmed by her work and especially her illustrations for the book 'The Book of Nonsense' written by Edward Lear.
When asked for her inspiration, Barouch explains “My sketchbook…there is no judgement or planning. It is that freedom that ‘opens the door to experience fearless techniques and ideas’”. And I hope we all reach that freedom.
I highly suggest to check all of her work from her own website from here and a background music to listen while looking at her work from here.
Living in Queensland, Australia , Lindy Longhurst creativity is coming from her travelling and exposures of different cultures and spirituality which is mainly expressed as mandalas. With architecture and design background, Longhurst’s main inspiration is her connection with the earth, accompanied by her exploration of conscious and subconscious worlds.
I have encounteredLonghurst’s work , when i was searching for mandalas, and felt her inner search similar to mine, when i realized her curiosity and search for a meaning had expressed itself with pure thus childish love with sensitive illustrations. With her mandalas and illustrations, one can see that universe relies in pure intentions.
Her works can be found from her own website from here ,her works can be purchased here and we can follow her blog here. love.
Inspired by Japanesse art Nihonga, Adam Booth, forms a new way of illustration with combining Nihonga technique with his previous learnings, such as South American and African art. The outcome is one of a kind.
Studied in BA in Fine Arts University of Central England in Birmingham, and continued doctorate in ‘Japanese painting’ in Tokyo University of Arts, Booth describes his works; ‘ I try to keep an ambiguity as to what the motifs might mean and what the relationships are between the figures in the paintings; it’s not about illustrating any particular story but about creating an unwritten dialogue.’
Further, the angry or mean look on the figures of Booth’s paintings, are inspired by the Buddhist Temple’s guardian figures’ expressions who have the same look, in order to scare away the bad spirits. which makes his works more spiritual and meaningful.
More of Booth’s works can be found here, and more insight of his work, can be attained by his interview with TokyoArtBeat from here which I really enjoyed!
I had a really difficult time choosing Terry Fan's illustrations to put here since all of them are unique and lovely. Living in Toronto and studied at OCAD University, Terry Fan's works are a blend of traditional and digital art, where he uses ink, graphite and photoshop. Fan describes art as a multi-faceted thing, and carries out his imagination on various mediums such as; tee-shirt design, screenwriting, graphic novels and children's book illustration.
I found RedBubble’s interpretation of Fan’s art, well-stated: “If art is truly a reflection of one’s surrounds, then Terry Fan must have one heck of a moon tan…This nocturnal ambience is expertly laid over the surreal: a rugged up abominable snowman, glowing jelly bears loitering in the forest or a whale lazily swimming by a cumulonimbus”
I was surely taken away by his night-time and cloud illustrations. They take you deep into his imagined world,where you struggle to come back to reality.
His works can be found here