Look at these gingerbread men/women/ They're skiing on candy canes and they've just come from their ginger bread house!! And their candy canes are making a heart shape! And the trees are lollipops! So much thought and humor has gone into this concept. You can see more of Anne's work here.
Betsy WoodThe next designer I'm featuring is Betsy Wood who lives in England. I love her work. It's incredibly trend-driven and clever. Look at how she's used foliage as the fox's tale, the owl's wings and the peacock's tail. And the simplicity of the animal shapes - they're so uncluttered but are full of personality!
And this! The lettering is really varied but cohesive and I love the bird shapes, especially the one facing his tail. Each one has a different voice too!
Are you blown away by this? I was when I first saw it! Look at the details!! So original, such variety. There are layers and layers of disparate imagery here, all held together with incredible skill and understanding of color and composition. Look at the hole punch circles, the stag emblem, the arrow on the owl's chest, the cameo brooch, the vintage wallpapery ground. Amazing talent!
Isn't this a lovely idea for the GTS Terrarium project!! You can see more of Betsy's work here.
Rebecca JonesNext is GTS finalist Rebecca Jones. She's English but lives in Melbourne, Australia. She's an absolutely brilliant illustrator and it's no surprise that she made it to the final stage of the competition. Rebecca creates the most appealing characters imaginable and sets them in worlds that are both vibrant and delicate at the same time. There's something light and lacy about her style that exudes femininity without being at all girly or twee. Rebecca has an incredible imagination and I always find a subtle surprise in her designs. In this one it's the watermelon slices on this little girl's dress!
This design is FULL of delightful surprises. This is Rebecca's entry for the first round of the GTS. Look at that house in the tree with the ladder!!!! The squirrel running up the side of the jar! The linear toadstools tucked into the background, the gently floating seed pods around the edges!! And look at the bear's face! I want this to be a story to read to my children!!
How pretty and delicate is this!! You can see more of Rebecca's work here.