Rich Kelly

Character design, layout, colour pallet, orientation of page, all these things are important in creating a final piece. I am discovering this more as i develop my work. Rich Kelly is an illustrator who’s work which I really like for a lot of different reasons.

[images online] Available at [Accessed November 14th 2014]

[images online] Available at [Accessed November 14th 2014]

‘Yeasayer’ is an intricate design packed full of intricate clues as to what the image is communicating. The perspective of above allows the viewer to see more. A piano that appears to be a computer, played by what appears to be a astronaut child, with corn growing out the top. A farmer with a scythe, stood large and looming, with a determined look on his face. Both characters are connected to a computer mainframe. Taking in all this information , leave the ind to wonder, mine come to a point where i wonder if its commenting on the controlled environment in which we all function and even the natural process of farming is controlled and measured by powers out with control, like  large computer.

[images online Available at [Accessed 14th november 2014]

[images online Available at [Accessed 14th november 2014]

The image ‘Bonnie-Prince -Billy’ I like the simplicity of it, the colours the use of lines to crete the shape of the character, and the placid look on the bears face, making me think he is saying “really your going to hunt me then decide to drink and take a nap on me!”

In an interview for ‘Sketch & Explore’ (2013) Chris Jalufka talk to Rick kelly about his use of colour

‘RK: I only recently began trying to take bolder steps when approaching color. When I typically start a project, color is the last thing on my mind. As I put my ideas down on paper and start to sketch out possible compositions, I try to place a lot of importance on value and contrast, but only when I start to render the final art do I start to think about colour.” (Jalufka 2013)

[images online] Available at [Accessed 14th november 2014]

[images online] Available at [Accessed 14th november 2014]

this image ‘Dr-Dog’ reminds me of a man who is very knowledgeable and  has had many experiences in life. What I notice when I look, is the expanse of tattoo’s, what each one means and relates to. It has an essence of an intimate portrait, as he is bearing his chest in what appears to be a private space, a study or a library, a private space, much like his body a private reflection of his life.


  • Jalufka, C (2013) ‘Sketch & Explore: Interview with Illustrator Rich Kelly’, Evil Tender Dot Com [online] Available at: [accessed 14th November 2014]
  • Kelly, R (nd) Portfolio [online] Available at : [accessed 14th November 2014]

Gabriella Barouch enticing illustration

Gabriella Barouch has created these beautiful images which illustrate Edward Lear’s wonderful and eccentric words, in the book, Edward Lear’s, Book of Nonsense (2011).

I don’t feel may words are needed as the illustrations speak for themselves. They draw the reader in and each time you look at an image you notice a different element.

The text delivers a sense of lightness and humour and the illustrations significantly enhance the words adding more detail and a sense of magic.


[images online] Available at: [Accessed 29th october 2014]

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[Images online] Avaliable at: 29th October 2014]

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[images online] Available at: [Accessed 29th october 2014]


Illustrators envelopes


Susanne Varley [image online] Available at: [Accessed 25th October 2014]

The image above is a simple black and white illustration drawn onto an envelope by Susanne Varley.  It cleverly combines a every day object and makes it a part of the illustration. It combines the address into the string of the kite, and the stamp becomes the kite.It feels to me the journey is being emphasised, from the hand or paw of the mole, the letter travels a journey only possible by the use of the stamp and the address displayed on the envelope, without these two core aspects the letter would not reach its destination, just as without the wind a kite could not fly. The kite string continues off the envelope further adding to the notion of the journey carrying on.

As researched the image further I came to learn that the illustration of the envelope by illustrators is an art form within its self.

Klauss Flugge the founder of Anderson Press has been receiving illustrated envelopes for over 30 years. the envelopes have now been collated and been published in a book. The Guardian details some of the envelopes in an article called ‘A Publishers Postbag.’ (The Guardian 2011)

The tradition continues with Nosy Crow publishers sharing the same experience and blogging about their illustrated envelopes. (Nosy Crow 2012)

Below is another envelope by an illustrator who has been capturing my imagination since I was a child Maurice Sendank


Maurice Sendank [image online] Available at: [Accessed 25th October 2014]

As I read about this act of illustration on envelopes I am really captured by it and wonder what other envelope art is out there. Let the research continue. From one simple image a whole world has opened up, and for me that’s the magic of illustration.