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Illustration is no longer associated with pictures in children’s books, but has become a bridge between graphic design and fine art. It requires skill, but also understanding of the digital world and graphic design. Discover some of London’s best illustrators below.
Jean Jullien is a French illustrator living in London, known for his simple and poignant style. His works are often character-based and instantly recognisable. He is also the artist behind the viral Peace For Paris image.
Malika Favre is a Parisian living in London. Her style is bold, minimal and sexy, an original style distinguished by her fantastic use of colours, patterns and shapes.
Daniel Frost is a British illustrator and graduate from the Royal College of Arts in London. He uses watercolour, collage and crayons to create his delicate yet quirky illustrations.
Noma Bar is an Israeli-born artist living in London, who describes his style as “maximum communication with minimum elements.” He composes the images by layering sketches on top of each other to create the simple, yet beautiful narrative.
Thibaud Hérem is also a French artist in London. However, his works can be described in one word: buildings. The images are so detailed that on first sight they seem like photographs. Thibaud works with pencil and Indian ink.
Ben Rider is an illustrator and printmaker whose works are vibrant and edgy. The busy, colourful, energetic punk style combined with experimental printing methods results in eye-catching and strong images.
We all have seen his work, or copies of it, but who is the man behind the projects? Anthony Burrill is a designer, artist, illustrator and set decorator. His plain and simple designs combine traditional methods with modern concepts.
Luke Dixon’s illustrations mainly end up on clothes for the The Bear Hug brand. His medium is ink and his style is very fine, detailed lines. Dixon draws wonderful portraits and animals.
Apart from drawn and painted elements, Michelle Thompson also incorporates books, magazines, postcards and photography into her work. She combines traditional techniques with digital technology.