Printed, Painted, Drawn, Tactile

Analogue media such as pencil, paint, pastel and crayon offer a limitless range of tactile marks for the illustrator to draw upon.

Whether used by hand or digitally, a whole palette of textures can add so much in terms of depth and interest to create illustration unique to the illustrator’s style of mark making.

Emily Liu‘s pop up guide to different type of packaging is printed and then constructed by hand, offering a tactile way of exploring this essential part of everyday life.

This bold book cover design by Gaptoof uses hand drawn elements and screenprinted collage to that captures  Shakespeare’s tale of blood and revenge in a single, contemporary image.

Gosia Herba‘s designs for Stanislav Lem’s Fables for Robots use a mix of digital and handmade techniques that combine texture and pattern in a retro-futuristic design, full of dynamic movement.

Kim Hyo-Eun‘s soft, gestural watercolour illustrations use large swathes of luminous colour and intricate detail to create this poetic look at life in the city.

Katie Bullimore used this university project to challenge herself to create contemporary illustrations for the Bible story of Cain & Abel, using only digital techniques to create a range of textures and striking tonal contrast.

Rachel Bostick‘s graphic novel cover uses collaged elements from the stories contained within using delicately toned drawing and colour to create a gothic atmosphere.

This animation by Maryam Khaleghiyazdi uses digital media to create a range of textures echoing traditional techniques to mix flatness, pattern and texture to great effect.

Karolis Strautniekas‘ book cover artworks uses digitally collaged scanned paper textures to create softly layered imagery with elements that run across the three book covers of the trilogy.

HifuMiyo‘s book illustrations are created in photoshop using textures to create a pastel effect that gives a sense of the intimacy of the relationship between mother and child.

John Broadley‘s illustrations for the book While You’re Sleeping capture the world of night time when children are asleep. Created using pen and ink with collage, these sumptuously detailed illustrations capture a feeling of the industry and activity of the world after dark.

Marie Doerfler‘s illustrations for a furniture catalogue are created using analogue techniques, finished digitally, to create a series of expressive, tactile illustrations showing how people live with the products in their homes.

This book of mystery puzzles is written and illustrated by Stephanie von Reiswitz. The book features detailed mixed media drawings with a fun, vintage aesthetic.