What with today being Saint David's Day (Dydd Gwyl Dewi Sant), an occasion where the Welsh people celebrate their patron saint you can imagine that I am feeling very patriotic. In honour of today I thought that I would celebrate by sharing some wonderful examples of Welsh creativity.
In this post I have gathered a selection of images from working creatives who reside or are from my neck of the woods. The creatives haven't been displayed in any particular order so be sure to check each of them out.
(Pictured above: Crypt Keeper by Godmachine)
Godmachine has produced incredibly detailed illustrations for a range of clients (not to mention some of my favourite bands) with his work appearing on everything from skateboards, t-shirts, album covers, limited edition prints, magazines, ceramics, and even three dimensional busts.
An artist who continues to impress me with his approach to image construction, craftsmanship and ability to deliver solid work each time. A thoroughly nice guy who rightfully deserves the respect and reputation that he has gained over the years.
(Pictured above: Billow by Jonathan Edwards)Jonathan has this wonderful talent and approach to his image making that keeps me awaiting his next piece, a creative that utilises traditional media in his practice which he has used to achieve an impressive client list and fan base. A lovely gent who I hope continues to do so well.
Felt Mistress is also known as Louise Evans who is able to create some of the best things I have ever seen, her ability to visualise characters three dimensionally with such exquisite attention to detail is really remarkable. By collaborating with her partner Jonathan (above) she has applied her years of experience in dress making to become one of the biggest names in the world of character design.
(Pictured above: Cake illustration for The Great British Bake Off by Tom Hovey)
Many of you may know Tom's work from the infamous Great British Bake Off where he illustrated all of the food produced by the contestants throughout each series. It's safe to say that he's drawn most if not all food that requires baking, however, this isn't all that Tom can do he's a versatile designer who is no stranger to murals and continually pushes his work to develop further. I have a feeling that we'll be seeing a lot more from him.
(Pictured above: Bitter Sweet by Miss Led)
Miss Led is also known as Joanna, a creative that is always exploring a range of mediums used in a range of projects engulfed with her evolving iconic style. A particular touch that I was pleased to see in Jo's work was the incorporation of typography which shows that she is able to take an aspect of design and apply her take on it.
(Pictured above: The Griffin by Richey Beckett)
I was first introduced to Richey's work when it adorned the cover of an EP released by one of the bands in my area. I couldn't get over the presence of the work, the detail, the dedication to every single dot created my hand. Richey is another artist who continues to impress, not only with each new piece but with who is next on his client list. A fantastic talent.
(Pictured above: Inside Llewyn Davis by Marc Aspinall)
Marc works under the alias of The Tree House Press, an illustrator with an instantly recognisable style which is rich with interesting perspectives, concept and textures that is earning him an expansive client list. It's great to see him tackle new briefs and spread his illustrative touch onto different subject matters.
Marc also belongs to the collective The Mighty Pencil.
Marc Aspinall (The Tree House Press)
The Mighty Pencil
(Pictured above: 'O' by Patrick Schmidt)
Patrick and I used to live in towns right next to each other in South Wales, but it wasn't until a couple of years later where I accidentally bumped into him at an exhibition in London I learnt that he was illustrating. He still puts his creative skills to use and is a part of the collective 'Brothers Of The Stripe' a group of talented individuals that can be seen involved with various projects from murals, exhibitions and interiors. I'm sure 2014 will be a good year for both Patrick and the B.O.T.S.
Brothers Of The Stripe
(Pictured above: Happy Birthday Card by Lianne Harrison)
Lianne is a freelance illustrator who specialises in collage and paper construction to create her illustrations that have been used for a range of clients and shortlisted for awards. She has just launched her own greeting card company 'Paperwhale' which will see her playful designs lovingly placed onto products for everyone to enjoy.
(Pictured above: Walter White by Turksworks)
Turksworks is the alias of Richard Davies a digital designer and artist based in South Wales who is able to produce breathtaking illustrations that show his attention to detail and level of experience. Richard's work always makes me wonder how much time has gone into perfecting each area particularly as he maintains the immense level of realism throughout his portfolio.
(Pictured above: Fox by Hannah Davies)
Hannah is an award winning illustrator and surface pattern designer who creates images that are like wonderfully patterned day dreams, they seem to effortlessly flow but yet contain quite precise patterns. She has worked with a range of clients which has allowed her work to appear on everything from fabric to computer mice.
Hannah is represented my Illustration Web.