Creative Spotlight – Kathryn Macnaughton

Kathryn Macnaughton - Of Mice and Men cover

Kathryn Macnaughton - Of Mice and Men cover

Today we discovered this wonderfully re-interpreted series of John Steinbeck classic novels being re-released by Penguin Books, including a childhood favourite “Of Mice and Men”. The re-imagined series also features “The Red Pony”, “East of Eden”, “Cannery Row”, “The Grapes of Wrath” and “The Pearl”

Kathryn is an illustrator/graphic artist based over in Toronto, Canada.
The majority of her work combines photo, shape and illustration. She does this extremely well and manages the fine balance between all three with surreal messages and a playful roughness.

Be sure to check out the other covers in the series as well as more of her work on her site or buy the books from the penguin book store here.


Creative Spotlight – Fab Ciraolo

The end is near, you better go shopping

The end is near, you better go shopping © Fab Ciraolo

Today Ladies and Gents, we would like to cast the creative spotlight on Fab Ciraolo.

This talented illustrator combines with great effect, illustration and photography to create these visual masterpieces. He often uses famous people or well-known and quite often “nostalgic” characters and gives them a modern tongue in cheek vibe.

Check out his work here or if you are so inclined hit up his Facebook page 


Creative Spotlight – Khaled Hafez

Sonata in 3 military movements (detail)

Sonata in 3 military movements (detail) - © Khaled Hafez

Today we would like to cast the creative spotlight on Khaled Hafez. Born in Cairo, Khaled originally studied medicine and followed his creative talent at evening classes. After completing his medical degree and briefly working as a doctor, he decided to follow his artistic passions entirely and pursued a career in the arts, to great success might I add.

In recent months Egypt has seen a massive upheaval in politics and social thinking. This has created a breed of artists who are influenced by these turbulent times of change and in the process has produced some amazing works of art.

Khaled’s style really reminds me of the ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs but with modern imagery and iconography.

Check out Khaled’s website and works here and be sure to keep an eye out for any upcoming exhibitions.


Creative Spotlight – Yuko Shimizu

Yuko Shimizu - Playboy Magazine

Yuko Shimizu ©2005

The creative spotlight this week is being shone upon the Japanese illustrator Yuko Shimizu. Yuko’s journey to where she is now is an inspiring one, originally she studied advertising and marketing and got herself a good PR position for a big corporation in Tokyo by the age of 22, but it never really made her happy.

She persevered with her PR position for the next 11 years until she knew what she wanted to do and had saved up enough money to go back to school full time. She studied at the School of Visual Arts (New York) and left with an MFA in Illustration and has been illustrating since. She now also teaches the Illustration BFA at the School of Visual Arts.

Yuko’s illustrative style is very powerful, combining traditional Japanese art with modern styles and imagery.

Why not check it out for yourselves over at her website or to learn more about what inspires her and the processes she uses check her blog.


Creative Spotlight – Chris Milk

Today I would like to cast the creative spotlight on Chris Milk.

I first discovered Chris when I stumbled across his “The Johnny Cash Project”.
This tribute to the late music legend allows each and every user to re-draw an individual frame taken from thousands. These frames are then voted on by other users, with the top-rated frames being strung together to complete an awesomely organic music video. Check out the short documentary video below:

No matter how aesthetically pleasing this video is, I am even more impressed by the fact that thousands of people have without inter-communication combined to create this ever growing cohesive masterpiece.

Chris then wrote and directed an interactive video for Arcade Fire’s track “The Wilderness Downtown”. Let me introduce to you the most personal music video I believe you will ever see. Click the image below to begin…

Arcade Fire - The Wilderness Downtown

Be sure to go and check out Chris’s website at www.chrismilk.com and keep your eyes open for the next upcoming creative spotlight on We Fancy It.