You’ve already read about the Collagists and the 80s influenced illustrators right? There was also some exceptional drawing and printmaking at the Brighton Graphic Design and Illustration Graduate Show. Here then is the rest of the best.
Katie Scott’s beautiful work appropriated the look of old fashioned botanical engravings, but a closer look revealed her imagery to be a little more bizarre and out of this world – strange dinosaur like animals, birds with paws, frog legged hedgehogs. Her work showcased amazing technical drawing ability, as did the following few illustrators. Follow Katie Scott on Twitter.
Megan Pearce looked towards religion for her richly textured black and white drawings, combining symbolic references to God with visual metaphors of Haitian beliefs.
Sam Ashton had done some delightful drawings of deepest darkest Hackney – somehow managing to make this most urban of settings seem gloriously exotic in a swirl of colour and mark making. Many of the local views are being affected by guess what? Why, the Olympic development of course.
Bradley Jay worked in fine black lines to create surreal narrative pictures featuring lions, kings, floating swords and severed paws. Amazing stuff, would love a print for my wall.
I was recommended to keep an eye out for Mark Matcham, who had worked on the theme of a Future Crufts – mutant dogs being the order of the day. I particularly liked his business cards on thin wood.
Joseph Gough was influenced by film noir to create a series of narrative vignettes in stark monochrome.
Loved Harry Bloom’s intricate narrative drawings and large scale panoramas, with more than a nod to Richard Scarry and ilk. I was particularly taken by his mini book, Teenage Kicks, featuring teenagers in all their angst with amusing captions.
Noriko Sato’s sign said Hello, Bowwow, Meow, And the earth rotates. How very enigmatic! I loved her little miniature characters and tiny portraits of animals.
Miho Toyooka was influenced by the worlds of mysticism and rituals to create a constantly shifting kaleidoscope that was viewed from above – I couldn’t stop returning to see where the images went next. Most engaging.
Still to come… Best of Graphic Design.
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