Tim Marrs

Tim Marrs is a graphic designer and illustrator who combines many media: drawings, photography, screen printing, Photoshop techniques and more.  He has also increasingly used Flash animation.

His work has a frenzied, hand made and dynamic look. However the images are very carefully composed to emphasise this dynamism in terms of colour, composition and style. They have a mix of influences from American pop culture, pulp fiction novels, pop art to polish film posters and surrealism. He incorporates a range of subjects in his work, drawing inspiration from everyday images such as famous buildings, road signs and nature, presented in an abstract and original manner.

Sources:

Tim Marrs Website

and his work on:

Central Illustration Gallery

Animation on Bernstein and Andriulli

Link to Flash animation advert for Audi

 

 

Alessandro Gottardo

Sources:

Shout website

AWWW awards

Alessandro Gottardo aka Shout is an Italian artist, illustrator and designer. His very simple and surreal ‘meaning of life’ images are very carefully controlled, generally amusing, but also very poignant. He uses a very limited palette, flat colours and thin lines, playing with visual contrasts in size and different perspectives.

Video of selection of his work:

Flat perspective and pattern


Minimalist surrealist humour


Surrealist angst

Biography

He studied at a specialist art high school in Venice and in the Illustration department of the Istituto Europeo di Design in Milano. He creates visual art projects for advertising campaigns, design products and publishers in four continents. SHOUT images  have been featured in these following prestigious annuals: Communications Arts, American Illustrators, Society of Illustrators and 3×3 Magazine.

Tom Burns

Source: website http://www.tomburns.co.uk (but this does not have the work I like).

Between Clarke and Hilldale

Tom Burns is a London based Illustrator. His work combines digital techniques with collage and the use of more traditional screen-printing processes. He has worked for a range of international clients in advertising, publishing, editorial and design. His clients include The Folio Society, BBC, British Heart Foundation, The Globe & Mail, Harvard Business Review, Readers Digest, The Boston Globe, Q Magazine, BBDO, Financial Times, The Guardian, John Brown publishing, Kingston University, Advocate Magazine, Advocate, Virago Press, Billboard Magazine, Serino/Coyne, National Magazine, CNN Money Magazine, American Airlines.

The images below are from my Illustration 1 logbook and no longer available on-line. They are part of my visual inspiration for Assignment 2: Cambridge and Assignment 4: Aldeburgh


Geoff Grandfield

Sources:

Website http://geoffgrandfield.co.uk . (see particularly Narrative)

Caustic Cover Critic Interview

Geoff Grandfield is a British illustrator now living in London. He has worked with major newspapers and publishers since 1987.

Influenced by the cinematography of film noir and the reductivism of modernist graphic art, his work is characterised by carefully composed minimalist silhouettes and limited palette, exaggerated perspective and scale contrasts. The bold shapes and perspective have a very strong immediate impact. Other meanings and shapes are often hidden and it is only by following the lines that the meaning of images become revealed.

Grandfield draws with chalk pastel, usually the German make Schminke, and sometimes Talens. “When I work for black and white reproduction I use tones of grey. The tones have some ‘colour’ in them, but mostly I’m going by the weight and contrast between areas. Colour is another thing and I try to prioritise a particular set of colours for a result.” Since 2001 he has been using Photoshop to scan and prepare for reproduction, which in turn has changed the visual look of my work. He scans his originals at A4.

Flattened perspective

Towards the Houses
Home project
He was Already Dead
The man within

Narrative

The Captain and the Enemy
The Honorary Consul
Our man in Havana

Fashion

Fashion invite 2013
Fashion invite 2014
Fashion invite 2011
Fashion invite 2008