Welcome to Illustrators Illustrated.

Based in Berlin, Illustrators Illustrated is an online space for critical discussion and exploration of illustration. We feature in-depth interviews, articles, studio visits, book and exhibition reviews, as well as special projects, all illustrated!

REVIEW / Cloth Lullaby: The Woven Life of Louise Bourgeois

Amy Novesky’s nuanced text paired with Isabelle Arsenault’s rich illustrations are a stunning way of introducing children to the distinct visual vocabulary of French-born artist Louise Bourgeois.

Review by Anna Ridley

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Komplett, bitte!

Illustrator Jayde Perkin asks her partner and fellow illustrator David McMillan some tough and touching questions in this cheeky in-depth interview!!

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MARTHA

 

The new book ‘Martha’ by German illustrator Atak tells the tale of the extinction of North America’s native Passenger Pigeon – its shockingly rapid decline caused directly by humans. Boisterous artworks filled with roughly-painted backgrounds, intense complementary colours, scratchy crayons, and jarring shifts in scale and perspective all combine to create surreal landscapes and swirling skies.

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*NEW!* Illustration Critiques.

 

This is our new illustration dissection section, where we take apart illustration, layer by Photoshop layer… Well, sort of. We have a new illustration criticism section, where we look at specific illustration work, in context, and evaluate it – how it communicates, how it was created, published or presented. We will be looking at a variety of styles, approaches and media, but will base each critique on the same questions.

First up, we look at illustrations by Eiko Ojala for the New York Times.

 

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Drawn Together – spring meet up!

The sun is shining and Berlin is taking off that old grey winter coat! It’s the perfect time to get out of your studio and draw, chat, and booze together. Come along to the first spring Drawn Together and meet some other illustrators and illustration enthusiasts!

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ILLU 16 – Illustration festival in Cologne

Opening on Wednesday 23 of March is the third installment of the Illustratoren Festival in Cologne. Held every two years, the festival brings together 50 selected illustrators in an exhibition that showcases the diversity of illustration practice in North...

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Two Italian Illustrators in New York

If you’re luck enough to be in NYC, pop along to a new exhibition featuring Olimpia Zagnoli and Emiliano Ponzi! Opening on the 29th of January, the exhibition “Una Storia Americana. Two Italian Illustrators in New York” is showing at the Italian Cultural Institute in New York.

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Advice for Illustrators – Q & A with Folio illustration agency

Illustration agents are practised at promotion, negotiation, licensing and standing up for an illustrator’s rights. Nicola Manuel from Folio illustration agency in London gives some helpful advice for freelance illustrators who are just starting out, or experienced illustrators who want to refresh their approach!

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Heather Gatley – Illustration Agents Special!

Talented illustrator Heather Gatley works from a beautiful shared studio space in an old factory building in the heart of Kreuzberg, Berlin. As part of the Illustrators Illustrated Agency Special, read her brief interview about being represented by her UK illustration agency.

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BLACK AND WHITE

In this fascinating article, Ruth Wivell tackles the tricky subject of race in a reading of Dahlov Ipcar’s 1963 Black and White, a beautifully illustrated book for children inspired by the civil rights movement.

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DRAWN TOGETHER #3

DRAWN TOGETHER #3 was held last Wednesday night at the lovely Prinzessinnengarten. We tried another ‘illustrator parlour game’ – this time an illustration memory test!

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WORDLESS WORKSHOP

Recently published on Core 77 is a great post on “Wordless Workshop,” a home improvement comic strip begun in 1954 by comics artist Roy Doty. Focused on how to solve household issues through DIY, it is a charming series of wordless comics.

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DRUCK BERLIN

DRUCK BERLIN festival is happening this weekend at Urban Spree! Opening on Friday night, the international festival aims to provide a comprehensive overview of everything print focused. Featuring an ink-jammed program to represent all forms of print such as Linocut, Etching, Riso, Litho, Letter Press and Silk Screen, the festival encompasses lots of live action, an eclectic exhibition, fully stocked shop, individual collections by different artists and plenty of creative interactions.

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