I am glad to welcome the Balbusso Twins from Milan in our group of international illustrators!
Anna+Elena=Balbusso is the signature of the twins Anna and Elena Balbusso, a multi-award-winning illustration team from Milan. Their clients include the New York Times, The New Yorker, Reader's Digest and the Figaro Group. They have illustrated over 40 books, from children's books to Margaret Atwood's distopian novel 'The Handmaid's Tale'. The critic Steven Heller described their work as "enticingly Renaissance and eerily new wave."
Anna and Elena create their artworks in mutual exchange of ideas, in continuous interaction, the result is always a collaborative one. And it is impressive. Italian art of all epochs - frescoes from ancient Rome, Italian Renaissance, Romanticism as well as modern and contemporary art - plays a key role in their works.
At the moment, the Balbusso Twins are exploring the possibilities of moving images such as gifs and animation of their works.
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Philippos Theodorides illustrated for GB magazine, the magazine for the Hotel Grand Bretagne in Athens and for Fine Drinking, a quarterly print magazine about cocktails, spirits and bar cultures.
GB Magazine, Hotel Grand Bretagne
Fine Drinking Magazine
The "Best of Art & Design" USA magazine Creative Quarterly honors Anja Nolte with the award of excellence for her artwork "Blauer Reiter". The artwork was created for her recently published book "Urban Sketching München" and shows the participating artists at the first exhibition of the' Redaktion Blauer Reiter' 1911 in Munich.
Jean-Manual Duvivier illustrated the monthly images for the calender 'Love XXL' 2018 (for a better world in 2018) edited by Photocircle Berlin. With the proceeds from this calender, Photocircle and Jean-Manuel Duvivier help provide 200 mothers-to-be in Sierra Leone with medical supervision while giving birth.
Thirteen illustrations on the theme of 'Belgium' were created by Jean-Manuel Duvivier for Thalys's Calendar 2018. The European high-speed train connects 17 cities across Western Europe (Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris, Cologne, Dormund etc....)
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45 years after Hans-Ulrich Osterwader's design of the A. R. & Machines double album "Echo", the current OsterwaldersArtOffice was commissioned by Achim Reichel to create the visual realisation for a 10 CD box. The box, consisting of cult albums, unreleased material and new mixes, was supposed to capture the sound of that time and translate it into the present.
On behalf of BMG & Tangram, OsterwaldersArtOffice explored in several meetings with Achim Reichel the direction of the design. Part of the task was also to add a booklet to the box that shows the small archive of pictures and documents from that time and to make them - in the spirit of the echoes from Reichel's Krautrock phase – swing again. For this purpose, OsterwaldersArtOffice superimposed the existing visual material with echoes and psychedelic elements to create collages.
On September 15th 2017 Achim Reichel presented the resurrection of his innovative music project A. R. "The Art of German Psychedelic" in the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie. The performance was accompanied by projections from the artwork.
A.R. & Machines - The Art Of German Psycedelic UNBOXING (OFFICIAL)
Anja Nolte has published a new book - this time it’s all about the Bavarian metropolis. Travel guide, sketch-book, narrative art. Anecdotes, Munich lifestyle & history. Humorous, poetic, powerful and complex. For Munich fans, creatives, lovers of art and culture. There is also football and beer…. 156 pages, 63 texts, more than 240 drawings. An opulent kilogram to spend a lot of inspiring time with.
The book has been published by Christopherus Verlag and available under the title Urban Sketching München by Anja Nolte in bookshops or via Amazon.
Here Flavio Melchiorre’s latest collaboration with PepsiCo Design Innovation Team for the new food truck “Nspire” Quaker (College and University Grassroots Tour 2017). He designed the illustration based on the concept 'goodness that keeps you going strong!' used for wrapping the entire truck. The design is futuristic and well balanced with the tradition of the brand (est.1877) using a complex geometric structure where figurative elements interplay with negative space and patterns.
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The breathtaking outfit RAZE CYCLE GANG sprung from the collaboration of 36 Cycling Wear and the Rotterdam designer Stang Gubbels – 'seamless freedom' for the racing cyclist, showing icons from the motor world and from tatoo shops.
The Rotterdam designer and illustrator Stang Gubbels is known beyond national borders for his iconic illustrations. The permanent graphic designer of the Kunsthal loves going on rides with his racing cycle. He created the graphic design for the new cycle track around Rotterdam (polderpad.nl).
Budweiser Budvar keeps continuing its successful promotion campaign with metal signs. The vintage signs created by Stefano Riboli are available every year in spring and autumn together with beer crates.
The exhibition ‚'I sogni e gli incubi di Brad Holland' ('Brad Holland’s dreams and nightmares') will be opened at Spazio 32 in La Spezia, Italy, on October 7th. 20 Acrylic paintings and two drawings of the famous American artist will be presented there until November 18th, 2017.
Bernhard Kunkler illustrates the covers of the catalogues for Interchalet, the German leading provider of holiday apartments and holiday homes. The collages show stimulating wellness holiday worlds for the company’s extensive programme in various European countries.
Bernhard Kunkler illustrated the topic of 'Creating Connections - Transport Routes' for the annual report of an international energy group. A series of imaginative collages was created that combines a small evolutionary history of transport routes with all the company's business fields.
Illustrated by Neil Gower and written by Alex Preston, As Kingfishers Catch Fire: Birds and Books is a stunning exploration of birds in literature from Ted Hughes to Ovid. It is a book to love and to hold, to return to again and again, to marvel at the way that authors across the centuries have captured the endless grace and variety of birds. (The book can be ordered via Amazon)
© Margarethe Hubauer International Illustration 2018