Sitting among fallen oranges, Rubén Martín Hernández has a quick, mischievous grin and sparkles with enthusiasm and energy. Rubén pours that energy into Dodo Magazine, his self-published adventure, science and fantasy magazine for anyone with an inquisitive mind and joyful sense of discovery.
The first artist-in-residence at Berlin’s Idrawalot, Andrea Heimer’s intricate, delicate and dark paintings immerse you in an awkward ’90s American suburban childhood.
Anna uses gentle colour palettes and lots of acrylic, beautifully executed in her charming tale of two people with temperature control problems.
A freshly minted illustrator and recent arrival to Cologne, Nadine makes work with a mash-up of shaky hand-drawn elements and digital textures.
In Björn’s work, shaky pencil lines, wide-eyed figures, textures and hand-drawn words seem to tumble into themselves and fight against each other to be seen.
French illustrator Chimène Henriquez creates illustrations with soft dabs of paint and vibrant colours, particulary in her ongoing collaborative project Les Exquis.
Part of the comic scene, a playful sense of adventure permeates Stephan’s work and he creates characters with contasts in his slick and colourful books for children.
Mareike creates works that play with space and texture, with almost complete disregard for the picture plane, and with wonderful grimy and gritty figures.
Dylan works in a space between design and illustration, creating grubbily textured images with a slick finish.
Cristóbal’s works are flat and abstract, often using a limited colour palette and geometric shapes, echoing early twentieth century collage.
Going by the moniker of Mischief Champion, Katrin’s work is executed in a hand-drawn style using clean lines, texture and witty bubbles of speech.
Bárbara Fonseca is a Portuguese illustrator and co-founder of Bootsbau, a vibrant gallery in Berlin Neukölln.