You'll Love This Download If:
- Illustration design is your thing
- You’re inspired by the creative works of top-notch creatives
- You are a design firm or manager that would like to hire an illustrator to join your creative team
In this download from Print magazine's August 2013 issue, design students and professions get an exclusive look at the stellar works from the illustrator elite. The projects featured in this article are from Print’s Hand Drawn competition. Typography was a big theme among the top four winners, but all 24 finalists exhibited exquisite craft and unique illustration styles.
Inside The Top 24 Illustrations of 2013 You'll Find:
- Striking illustrations from professionals and students
- A look inside the minds of the four winners; find out what inspires their works
Sometimes considered a less-serious sect of graphic design, many creatives and art critics hesitate to give illustration its proper due. While it may be easy to dismiss the newspaper funnies as mere doodles, the 24 illustrators featured in Print’s third annual Hand Drawn Competition are mixing mediums, pushing boundaries and changing the game. As last year’s winner Minji Hong’s X-acto knife-on-book creation proves, illustration has stepped outside the traditional realm of sketchbooks and charcoal pencils—and is commanding some serious attention in the process. In this year’s competition, judges Lindsay Ballant and Mark Porter encountered everything from Nuri Kelly’s digitally colored graphite sketches of a Russian fairy tale villainess to Antonia Goga’s birds crafted from quilling paper.
Typography was a significant theme this year, with three of the four top winners and several more merit winners submitting designs dominated by text. Maria Gonzalez’s “Mi Casa No Tu Casa” stole the show with a colorful, font-driven depiction of her mother’s home in Mexico, and Missi Jay mixed hip-hop lyrics with a revered toy, reminding us not to forget the monkey. Simone Massoni used pin-up creations to tap into the tone and feel of influential typefaces, while Christian Kasperkovitz crafted street art messages to draw attention to Los Angeles’ forgotten wildlife. With such exciting submissions hailing from professional portfolios, passion projects and school assignments, it’s clear the future (and future reputation) of illustration is in capable hands.