Whether it’s character design, book covers, children’s stories, comic books, or animation – illustration captures the imagination and carries its viewer to magical, unknown places.
Fusing creation with curiosity, illustrators explore everything from far-away lands to fairies, pirates to princesses, and every enchanting possibility in-between. With great passion they make visible some of the most wonderful things in life … real and imagined.
Illustration keeps us all young at heart - delighting and surprising us with its detailed creativity. It can be created with any medium, in any style. Its artistic possibilities are truly endless and most projects don’t fall neatly into a category. That’s the beauty of illustration - It’s limitless in its imagined possibilities.
The artists we’re celebrating today understand the magic of illustration. Each putting their own unique spin and style on imagination.
Illustration - Italy
With a knack for vibrant colors in playful settings, Italian artist, Letizia Rizzo captures the hearts of children with her delightful illustrations. A self-described hopeless tea-addict and animal lover, she divides her time between children's book illustration and comic book making.
She loves to look into original color palettes while depicting a wide variety of subjects, from anthropomorphic animals sipping tea to sensual women from history and myths alike.
Interested in Illustration, Drawing, Digital Arts, Cartooning and Character Design, Rizzo graduated in comics at Lupiaecomix in 2011, and has since been taking on various projects as well as spending her time studying specialized courses in visual arts and digital coloring techniques.
Illustration - Nantes, Pays de la Loire, France
A passion for creating fantasy universes and powerful female characters, French artist Emilie Schès Keruzore works in Photoshop and Illustrator to bring her illustrations to life.
She began to her art seriously around 14 years old, as she started to see drawings and paintings as a way to communicate feelings or intentions. “I had stories that I wanted to turn into cartoons, movies, and animated shorts so it became part of my everyday routine,” she says. “I would do "drawing marathon sessions" during weekends starting at 7AM to 10PM without any break. This habit drove my parents crazy because I would refuse to eat until I had been productive enough!”
She also kept watching a lot of animated movies and reading a lot of comics. However, it's the moments of calm that inspire her the most. “I have always liked the moments of calm, because this is when you have the time to pay attention to details you might not notice in a daily routine. It may seem weird but I enjoy waiting for the bus, or waiting for the water to boil while cooking! During those moments, I observe the surroundings. I analyze how colors and light appear on the things, and I use it later into my work.”
Artist Zelyss Lygnou Kolassi has grown up among pencils, paint tubes and paper, with her mind filled with fairytales. She is a contemporary artist whose artwork delicately balances between Romanticism and polished Pop-Surrealism, always with an aura of something mystical, but sweet and thoughtful, non-threatening, non-dark. Her paintings depict serene, melancholic girls in realistic or fantasy sceneries, with evident innocence or questions flowing out of their big, liquid eyes.
The artist's favorite medium is acrylics because it is challenging and heartwarming at the same time. Zelyss lives with her husband and young daughter in a beautiful, bright, house near the sea, in Athens of Greece.
Illustration - New Delhi, India
Rayika Sen is a visual communication designer with a passion for illustration. Vibrant colors and patterns inter-weave her illustrations and characters.
A graduate of Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology, in Bangalore, India Rayika has worked for publishers, toy-makers , design studios. Her illustrations have been featured in international platforms like AFCC, Singapore and Creative Gaga magazine.
Illustration - France
French Artist, Violaine Costa creates delightful fairytale inspired drawings that capture the imagination. A graduate from Ecole Emile Cohl School she has a love of both drawing and paper sculpture.
Most recently, she’s put her pencils aside and replaced them by a much more unusual tool: the scalpel. Her goal is now to enhance the paper with delicacy and precision. Paper has truly become the ideal medium to represent my world and it allows me to share many different poetic representations, as much in 2D as in 3D.
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