Holly Exley is a young British illustrator with some big clients under her belt including Marks and Spencers, Stylist Magazine, Lonely Planet and The Wall Street Journal. Pursuing her natural talent with watercolour painting, Holly has been commissioned to work on projects from illustrating music apps, wildlife and cooking books, and city and charity campaigns. Her illustrations have an uplifting aesthetic with colour washes of wonderful hues, with an emphasis on light and contrast. I really like her food illustrations…food never looked so good! Holly has a blog, website and also a YouTube channel where she talks about her work and the life in the world of illustration.
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.