Sandra Dieckmann, a successful illustrator, maker and artist. Dieckmann has collaborated with numerous partners and been commissioned by many clients, including WWF, Etsy, Wildlife Aid, Magma Books and Anderson Press. She has an extensive list of worldwide stockists as well as selling online. From seeing her distinguishable portfolio of work you can see why Dieckmann has become so liked in the consumer market, in particular the arts and crafts circles.
I came across Dieckmann’s pop up shop in the Crafty Fox Market and was blown away by her work! (I bought every type of paper stationary she was selling) She has a lovely collection of bear prints, which seems to be the main animal she draws, along with some wolf and fox designs and the occasional cat in costume. Her work has a dreamy, nostalgic mood about it, through use of warm and harsh cold colour palettes. Some of her pieces are quite striking and border on the whimsical fantastical side of nature. Combining human and animal in strange juxtapositions and playing with their proportions – reminds me very much of fable narratives and folk tales. Inspirational work truly.
Take a Peek
I came across Rosemary Milner when I visited the Crafty Fox market, an arts and crafts market I mentioned in a previous post. Milner’s work is sparked by British nature, and historical narratives. Her designs feature British wildlife such as foxes, hares, birds and wildflowers in a range of products on her website. Her hand embroidery collection is lovely and quaint, not something that you often come across these days in professional crafting circles. I had the pleasure of meeting Rosemary herself and had a chat about the mediums she uses to produce her designs. Linocut printing being the core process she uses to create her work (a printing process that I would like to get into myself) gives her work a strong naturalistic/organic style.
Take a Look
I have frequently been posting about 21st century artists and their work recently, so I thought I would do a post about an artist from the early 20th century, who’s work I have come across quite a few times on museum visits. Mabel Royds, an artist who studied at Slade best known for her woodcuts. Her two most well known series of colour prints are her Indian and Tibet scenes from the 1920s and her woodcuts of flowers that came after. Its understandable why her later work became so popular to exhibit at the time compared to her earlier pieces as they are far more bright and glamorous. See below. The original prints are in the care of the Victoria and Albert Museum and the British Museum London.
This young artist is big in publishing, fashion and other media circles, you will understand why once you look at her work. Random House Canada, Bloomsbury, Harper Collins, TeNeues, Hardie Grant, Blue Apple Books, UNIQLO, and Orla Kiel are just some of the clients Emma Block has been commissioned by.
I have got to say looking through her portfolio I like her own personal project work inspired by old films, books, hobbies and day to day life. I can definitely learn something from Block’s techniques since I work primarily with the same medias, paper craft, ink and watercolour. The way she uses cut out silhouettes of paper combined with watercolours adds another dimension and different focus points to her illustrations.
I really like seeing pictures of animals doing human things or acting like people, I mean who doesn’t right? Lieke van der Vorst a Netherlands artist, the founder of Liekeland brings her animal illustrations to life by giving them human characteristics. Some are drawn with clothing among people, whilst others are doing everyday human things like working or traveling. In particular I like how Lieke draws the humans interacting with the animals like they are family. I get a warm fuzzy feeling when I look at her designs, very cute stuff! Lieke’s drawings have a whimsical earthiness and playful appeal about them; the way she uses colouring pencils and ink adds an overall sense of childhood nostalgia. You can find her work printed on prints, postcards, stickers and bags and occasionally on mugs, see via her website.
Travel, food, and architecture are captured by Marisa Seguin in soft watercolour compositions. Seguin’s illustrations almost look like they are glowing because of her skill in subtly toning her work and the colour combinations she uses. If you take a close look at Seguin’s portfolio of paintings you really start to see her skill in watercolour and the different techniques she incorporates into her work. Reading from one of her many blogs she is inspired by baking, traveling, childhood and reading other blogs! Click on her website to see more of her work.
Gillian Blease is a freelance illustrator who gets commissioned by big publishing companies, supermarkets and other illustrators. I especially like her digital designs she did for Waitrose, as being a regular Waitrose food shopper I was happy to see such fun exciting designs in their magazine (see below).
Her illustrations commissioned by newspapers such as The Guardian, The Economist and The Financial Times are powerfully thought provoking, some of which are even controversial. What stands out in Blease’s digital images is how she puts two and two together whilst in-keeping a flat stylistic overall form. This website displays her portfolio of work.
This last image is a collection of flower designs that have been printed on coasters for Jenny Duff the designer.