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

SHOW AND TELL - DIGITAL INNOVATION IN NARRATIVE ILLUSTRATION

Beyond the current popular use of illustration in digital media (as part of website design, onboarding for apps, instagram ads…), how are illustrators creating innovative story-led work in this new ocean of digital possibility? We explore the work of illustrators who are utilising the strength of narrative illustration and structures inherent to specific digital platforms to create new forms of visual storytelling.

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VALENTIN SEICHE

Illustrator Yuliya Gwilym pins down the itinerant illustrator and comic artist Valentin Seiche a.k.a. Airfortress and asks him all about his creation of imaginary, fantastical worlds and dark yet adorable characters – as part of our illustrators portrait chain!

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MISE-EN-SCÈNE

Go behind the scenes and learn about curating illustration in this in-depth interview with Olivia Ahmad, Curator at the House of Illustration in London, UK.

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YULIYA GWILYM

Illustrator Rosie Brand interviews fellow illustrator Yuliya Gwilym as part of our portrait chain project! Gain insight into Yuliya’s vibrant, texture-filled work and read about the inspiration she finds in working with kids.

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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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COLOURS FESTIVAL

This weekend in Berlin is the first COLOURS FESTIVAL! Bringing together people from the fields of illustration, graphic design, drawing, screen print, tattoo and street art/graffiti, it is the first open air festival
for all people with a passion for illustration, young as well as established artists and creative people to exhibit and sell their work.

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DRAWN TOGETHER #2

Illustrators Illustrated has just hosted DRAWN TOGETHER #2, at the lovely Prinzessinnengarten in Kreuzberg, Berlin. Here are the results from our collaborative drawing session…

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