Our latest pick of new illustrations includes Jason Brooks’ London Sketchbook, a solo exhibition from Dutch post-pop artist Parra and some animated advertorials from California Sunday magazine and Google Play…
Jason Brooks – London Sketchbook
Jason Brooks‘ London sketchbook is a beautifully illustrated visual guide to the UK capital. A follow up to his Paris Sketchbook, it features 200 colour illustrations of some of the city’s most famous landmarks from Big Ben to the London Eye as well as lesser-known venues and destinations.
The book is divided into eight chapters, offering a look at London architecture, shopping, art and culture, food and drink and the city by night. Sketching each scene on location, Brooks has used a variety of mediums to reflect the diversity of London’s scenery, from pencil and Photoshop to softer watercolours and gouache. It’s a charming homage to the illustrator’s former home and his drawings are brilliantly observed – there’s even a section on front doors.
Published by Laurence King, it costs £19.99 and you can order a copy here.
Elephant Magazine, issue 21
Christoph Niemann’s cover illustration for issue 21 of Elephant magazine, which looks at contemporary art in London and whether the UK capital is still culturally ‘important, features a playful image of an elephant with an inverted teapot for a head alongside the provocative tagline, ‘Does London Still Exist?’
The issue is the second to be published following Elephant’s redesign by Mallorca agency Atlas, and the first to feature a specially commissioned artwork. “It happened almost by accident,” says Atlas co-founder Astrid Stavro. “We commissioned Christoph to develop artwork for the colophon page [which features original illustrations of elephants by different artists] and the elephant with the inverted teapot was genius: spot-on for the London issue … We hope to develop this new approach in future editions: concept-based powerful imagery with strong, captivating taglines that draw the readers in,” he adds.
The issue also features an illustrated guide to who’s who at art openings by Damien Florebert Cuypers, some lovely truck paintings by Paris illustrator Jean-Philippe Delhomme, plus a great use of Kris Sowersby’s Domaine Sans typeface and interviews with Doug Aitken and Alex Prager – you can order a copy here.
Alec Doherty – Byron Hot Sauce
Since its launch in 2007, Byron has worked with an impressive roster of illustrators to create artwork and hoardings for its restaurants, from Jean Jullien to Mr Bingo and Andrew Rae.
For its latest product, Byron Hot Sauce, the burger chain commissioned Alec Doherty to create illustrations for use on labels, menus and burger wrappers, and imagery promoting its latest seasonal creation, the Flaming Iceberg. Doherty’s witty designs feature a series of ‘macho’ men guzzling hot chillis and bottles of spice alongside fire fighters and fire breathers, offering a playful take on traditional hot sauce packaging:
Images via Byron
Parra – Yer So Bad
Dutch visual artist Parra (Pieter Janssen)’s solo exhibition at New York’s Jonathan Levine Gallery takes its name from a Tom Petty song about a girl “who married a yuppie and took him for all he was worth.”
The exhibition, on display until February 7, features a playful and provocative collection of new works in Parra’s signature, post-Pop Art style, from black and white drawings to red, white and blue designs on canvas. Images depict seaside scenes, birds and curvaceous nudes, which Parra says are inspired by the “everyday and the awkward”.
Nous Vous – Flim Flam Flum
London collective Nous Vous (Jay Cover, William Edmonds and Nicolas Burrows)’ latest solo exhibition Flim Flam Flum features a cheerful collection of prints, sculptures, ceramics, textiles, toys and sketches produced in the trio’s studio over the past six months. There’s also a chance to see work created for their A Watery Line show, held in Leeds last year, as well as individual work such as sketches from Cover’s recent book Flat, published by Hato Press.
The show is open at KK Outlet, 42 Hoxton Square, Shoreditch, N1 6PB until January 31.
Sarah Horne – Ikea Christmas Dinner
Illustrator Sarah Horne was recently commissioned by Ikea to create a series of scenes depicting various children’s imagined Christmas dinners.
Horne was commissioned after the furniture brand came across her sketches of fairies, monsters and mythical creatures, which are often superimposed onto photographs from its catalogues. Based in Ikea’s Wembley branch for a day, she worked with children in store to create designs based on their ideas of a great festive feast, with some charming results – dishes include monkey soup and grilled elephant leg, eaten with fishing rod forks and microwave wands.
Nicolas Ménard – California Inspires Me
California Inspires Me is a series of animated films and microsites commissioned by US magazine California Sunday and Google Play, based on interviews with musicians from the West Coast. The most recent was animated by graphic artist Nicolas Ménard, and features actor and Tenacious D vocalist Jack Black discussing his love of prog rock and growing up on the West Coast:
While being redirected to a YouTube video after clicking play slightly spoils the experience, films feature some great animation, creating an unusually enjoyable collection of paid-for content and a compelling visual accompaniment to audio interviews.
Rilla Alexander – Her Idea
Oregon-based illustrator Rilla Alexander’s picture book, Her Idea, tells the story of a girl who is always thinking up great ideas but struggles to finish them. The book was first launched at Pictoplasma in Berlin in 2011 but will be released in the UK next month by Flying Eye Books.
While it’s aimed at ages 3-5, Alexander’s allegory about procrastination has some words of wisdom for adults too and features a striking use of colour. For details or to order a copy, see flyingeyebooks.com
Images: Rilla Alexander