Discover the fascinating journeys of Two Pages

We fell in love with the brilliant ideas of Two Pages the moment we came across it. Initiated by Kontanstinos Trichas, Two Pages is a series of sketchbooks filled by different creatives following given themes.

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Sketchbook number 2 “What would you do with red?” – Pages drawn by Kimberley Chan

The purpose of the project is to build a chain of creative people working in graphic design and illustration: each sketchbook starts with a designer/illustrator responding to a theme and deciding who will be the next contributor. So a sketchbook can travel all around the world like sketchbook number 1 to number 3, or it can stay within one country like sketchbook number 5 (Greece). In both cases, it’s the diversity of styles and personalities that creates unique contents for each Two Pages sketchbook.

Currently there are 2 sketchbooks being filled around Europe: sketchbook number 8 “What would you change?” and sketchbook number 9 “What’s the plan?” (with the contribution of Jean Jullien and Olimpia Zagnoli). Check them out and see if you’re very close to them ; )

The whole sketchbook’s result will be revealed when the project is complete. Here is what the first Two Pages sketchbook looks like:

This blog was first published on Kuvva blog.

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Discover the fascinating journeys of Two Pages

Meet the tangible fantasy by Nicholas Frazier

This week we’re really excited to present an alternative collection of illustrations by Nicholas Frazier. All of the work is hand-made paper cut presenting a variety of textures and physical depth through multiple layers of papers. This technique may signify a notion of craft, but Nicholas told us that it originally stemmed from his fascination for digital arts, and it doesn’t stop there..

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Hi, please tell us a bit about yourself!

Hello, my name is Nicholas Frazier and I am an illustrator from London, England. I began drawing from an inspiration for my love of menswear, which has subsequently led me to be recognized somewhat as a ‘fashion illustrator’. It was never my initial intention, but it has certainly been a nice surprise. With that being said, I have begun to explore different imagery and inspirations to add a variety of subjects to my work.

How did you start with using papers for illustration?

The use of paper in my work came from my love and interest in a lot of digital illustrations (sounds bizarre and nonsensical, I know, but I think there is a logic to this). It was because I liked the flat vectorial style and its sharpness in a lot of digital illustrations I was seeing (‘digital illustration’, just like ‘paper cut illustration’, is of course just the medium, not the style). But I wanted to achieve a similar effect with a different medium. So I began using papers to create simplified, flat-vector-like shapes. However, this was only the beginning. As I experimented more, I explored colours and the use of natural shadow created by layering papers to show depth and details. Now I am most excited about making my paper cut illustrations as sharp and as sophisticated as possible.

Could you share some tips with our readers to promote your work?

The internet is an awfully big place and it’s easy to get lost amongst the flood of content. However, if you find a niche that your work fits in and/or you get it to the right people to promote you, you can establish yourself well. I’d say one of the most important things is to keep working and putting your work out there on social networks, even if they are self-initiated projects. Because when you’re an illustrator, people follow you just as much as they follow your work.

How do you think being featured on Kuvva platform will help you?

Kuvva has an extremely high level of illustration talent on display, and this is what I was first drawn to. As I had admired many of the illustrators already featured on the site, I knew I would be in great company. As being featured on Kuvva, I hope my work can reach a new audience and a variety of different people.

Do you have any future project in mind with paper cut?

Recently I’ve been working on several projects. And it’s too soon to say much about them. I can say I’m working on a series of self-initiated projects of creating paper cut movie posters, which will hopefully be revealed soon.

Thanks for the chat!

Thank you.

Feel free to scroll down to see Nicholas’ works on Kuvva platform!

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“Man At Lunch”

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“Work Desk”

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“Smart Travel”

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“Pattern Jacket”

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“Tech App Tablet”

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“Drinks Cocktails To Coffee”

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“Couple Greeting”

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“Essentials And Objects”

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“Man At Railings”

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“Man And Skyline”

This blog was first published on Kuvva blog.

Meet the tangible fantasy by Nicholas Frazier

Meet the Kuvva team: Irene

Friday is always a special day for us. Roy always makes delicious pizzas for the team, and one more team member gets interviewed. Today we have the pleasure of getting extra chocolates from Tony’s Chocolonely and featuring Irene!

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Hi, please tell us something about yourself!
Hello, I’m Irene and I’m 22 years old. I work at Kuvva gallery as a gallery assistant. At the moment, I study Media and Culture at UvA. I chose my major in film and worked at companies that had something to do with films. Now I work here and realise that I like art a lot as well. I think I have seen and learned a lot. Besides, since the exhibition of The Omnipollo, I doubt if I should live in a tipi from now on.

When did you join Kuvva?
At the beginning of August this year. So I’ve been working for almost 2 months. Before that, I already knew the studio from my roommate, and one of my friends was working here. I was very impressed and thought the place was really cool! Then I heard about the internship and decided to apply for the job.

What’s your role on a daily basis?
I like it that it changes all the time. The tasks usually include emailing artists, sending packages, helping with setting up an exhibition, and also cleaning up after an opening. By learning how to do framing, I get to know how to preserve art. I also have lots of freedom in defining my responsibilities as well. I contact blogs, websites or art institutions for collaborative opportunities, and if something comes along, I try to make it into a project. Besides, I also keep the gallery’s social media up to date with Gus.

What’s your favourite illustration on Kuvva?

I think I like Steve Kim the most, especially his illustration of ‘Clayton Cubitt’, ‘Sheryl’ and ‘Super Secret Powwow’!

Which illustrator do you want to see on Kuvva platform?
I really like the work from Yeji Yun. She has her own style that is pretty accessible. There are lots of colours that make the work really bright and happy, but also critical at the same time.

This blog was first published on Kuvva blog.

Meet the Kuvva team: Irene

Discover the charming calligraphy animals

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The first time we caught sight of these whimsical animals, we couldn’t take our eyes off them. The combination of monochrome surfaces, sharp lines and playful curves makes up a great personality for the characters. We reached out to Andrew Fox, the illustrator of this awesome bunch of creatures, to have him share the story of how he used a calligraphy pen alternatively.

Hi Andrew, please tell us a bit about yourself.

I’m an English illustrator/designer, currently working on a book and living in Barcelona.

How did you get into illustration at the first place?

I’ve been quite creative for as long as I can remember. My mum’s artistic and my granddad was a keen doodler so I guess it stems from there. My granddad used to draw these funny little anthropomorphic cartoons. I loved them. Also I liked the peaceful feeling that came from just sitting and drawing (normally while listening to music). It’s still one of my favourite pastimes.

I see that somehow along the way, you came up with animals drawn with calligraphy pens. How did this happen?

My flatmate at the time suggested that I should try out her calligraphy pen. I soon got bored of writing with it so I decided to see if I could use it as a drawing tool. Turns out it was quite an effective one and before I knew it, I had a whole host of minimal, slightly abstract animal illustrations.

Will you stick to this style or is this just an experiment?

I’ll think I’ll stick with it for a while. It’s been my most popular project so far, so I’d be silly not to keep developing the style.

Do you have any future plan in mind for these calligraphy animals?

Actually yes. The book that I’m working on, “Learn to draw Calligraphy Animals” (working title) should be coming to a bookshop near you some time next year.

Meanwhile, scroll down to see more animals Andrew drew, including GIFs showing the process!

This blog was first published on Kuvva blog.

Discover the charming calligraphy animals

“Chicks & Types” by Simone Massoni

Choosing which typeface to use is not an easy task for graphic designers. There are so many out there! Each has their own charms and quirks. Making a decision seems nearly impossible.

One of Kuvva’s featured artists, Simone Massoni, has captured this challenging dilemma perfectly with his project “Chicks & Types”. In this on-going series, each typeface gets illustrated together with its respective muse. They tell a story beyond the simple pairing of colours and shapes. Here are the words of Simone about the project:

“Choosing the right one. What a problem.
 
I mean – if you look at them, with their different personalities and sexy curves, how can you prefer one over another? Maybe you like long legs, or are fascinated  by bold shapes – but then you see that elegant thin one and you just cant’ help falling in love…
 
In the end, can you choose one, without feeling a bit like Don Giovanni in the Mozart Opera, who admits that whoever is faithful to one is cruel to the others?  This is why we spend hours in front of the font picker in our design software. Feeling such ample sentiment, we love all of them – but since normal people can’t comprehend these things,  they call our natural goodness typography.
 
Until we finally meet the right one – the one we tie the knot with. The right one, the one we will be with together forever and ever.
 
Maybe.”

You can see all of the typography muses here! Below are some of our favourites!

“I like the vibe of fantasy in the satyrs. The composition is amazing: two well-balanced triangles from the shape of the ‘N’ of Liminal. The eye-lines between Nina and the two satyrs create a perfect dynamism.”Laszlito

“Gill Sans is a classic, and Queena is just the right personification: classy and clean with an attitude.” – Giang

“I like the way Simone uses the ‘D’ of LT Eurostile to frame the action. And I mean, look at Diana! She’s clearly a fun and down-to-earth geek, somebody that you can imagine to be friend with.” – Laszlito

“Garamond is another famous one. How can you not fall in love with the curves of its semibold italic form? Angeline has all of the divinity in those arcs.” – Giang

“I just like the image of Maaike. The combination of a girl leaning across the structure of an ‘M’ of Alda while working and being sexy is just purely amazing.” – Laszlito

“You probably can’t get any classier than Bodoni. That curve, that thickness, that contrast. That can only be Bodoni. And Simone the muse.” – Giang

This blog was first published on Kuvva blog.

“Chicks & Types” by Simone Massoni