Our latest pick of new illustration work includes an exhibition of female portraits by Lynnie Zulu, a charity auction of illustrated ping pong bats in aid of Children in Need and a new book of character portraits from Pictoplasma.
Lynnie Zulu – Wild Things
For her latest exhibition at Brighton’s No Walls Gallery, Zulu has created a series of portraits exploring “the mysteries of the female in all her guises”: prints reflect various personality types, from “optimistic dreamers” and “strident extroverts” to femme fatales, and feature lively patterned backgrounds inspired by each character’s mood.
The show is open until November 23 and prints are also on sale on the gallery’s website – for details, see nowallsgallery.com
The Art of Ping Pong
Last year, table tennis enthusiasts at design studio Fivefootsix launched The Art of Ping Pong: a charity auction of ten ping pong bats illustrated by leading creatives in aid of Children in Need, which raised over £1000.
This year, the studio has recruited 21 artists, from design duo Crispin Finn to Camberwell graduate Gaurab Thakali and will again be selling bats online via an auction, which closes on November 17. Bats are also on display at Beach Gallery in London until November 16 and include some witty, colourful and inventive designs – you can see the full set or place your bid at theartofpingpong.co.uk.
Alec Doherty & Rebecca Sutherland
Edward Carvalho-Monaghan & Rob Flowers
Gaurab Thakali & Malarky
Harry Tennant & Crispin Finn
Outline Artists, the sister illustration agency to Outline Editions, is hosting an exhibition at Exposure Gallery in Soho this month featuring new work and commissions from its roster of artists.
Lucy Vigrass, left and Edward Carvalho-Monaghan
The show includes prints and illustrations by Edward Carvalho-Monaghan, Hvass & Hannibal, Rob Bailey and Kristjana S Williams as well as new signings Lucy Vigrass and Virginie Morgand. More info and opening times here.
A little film about Jean Jullien…
From Tube posters and book covers to hand woven rugs, Jean Jullien’s work has appeared in many forms and places this year (see below for another project which just launched this week). Our soon-to-be published December issue features an interview with Jullien about his work, career and recent move to New York but for now, here’s a lovely short film from illustration agency Handsome Frank, in which he describes his approach and aesthetic.
Eurostar – Better Closer
To promote the 20th anniversary of Eurostar, creative agency The Clearing commissioned four illustrators – Jean Jullien, Toni Halonen, Eili-Kaija Kuusniemi and Adrian Johnson – to illustrate a variety of travellers’ responses to the question, ‘What’s better about being closer to London, Paris & Brussels?’
Illustrations have been applied to tote bags, postcards and taxis as well as large-scale outdoor and in-station print ads and a cover wrap of the Metro newspaper. My particular favourite is Jullien’s YOLO illustration:
Pictoplasma – Character Portraits
The publishing arm of Berlin character culture and design conference Pictoplasma has released a new book on character design. Character Portraits contains over 600 characters by 200 illustrators, from Raymond Lemstra and Brosmind to Hattie Stewart, and is described as a “visual antitode to the current craze for saccharine pet pictures and selfies ad nauseam.” You can order a copy, priced at 49 Euros, here.
Mark Gmehling & Melissa Godoy
Raymond Lemstra & Nina Braun
Toys Exhibition, Bristol
Bristol-based illustrators Ed Cheverton, David McMillan and Jayde Perkin have launched a charming exhibition in Bristol to raise money for Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Appeal Charity, which supports Bristol Children’s Hospital.
Sponsored by Anorak, Wrap, the Bristol Children’s Scrapstore Charity and publisher Jazz Dad Books, the show features interactive work from over 30 artists, including 3D toys, games, puzzles, mobiles and a toy town (it even promises “fandangles”, whirligigs and “zim zams”).
The show is open until November 22, when featured works will be sold, with all proceeds going to the Appeal. Cheverton, Perkins and McMillan are also hosting a day of children’s workshops with sponsors this weekend. For more information, see toys-exhibition.co.uk.