The creative duo Rocket & Wink convinced the 2015 GoSeeAWARDS jury in the category Illustration with their works from their own magazine Whatever, issue 8 - Infinity. The works present an abstract journey to different worlds, strange creatures, and surreal places. We have the golden journey for you on GoSee. “It is always important for us to keep the focus on fun and leave room for the imagination of the beholder.” Rocket & Wink tells GoSee.
ELLEN VAN ENGELEN is elated over the award she received at GoSeeAWARDS15 in the category Illustration. What's the story behind her work? "There is not really a story behind my work, it evolved over the years into what it is now. I enjoy working by hand, I ink and watercolor by hand, the only thing I do digital, is the cleaning up. For the rest I think atmosphere is important, color, composition and a sense of humor." The jury thought so too - Silver in the category ILLUSTRATION at GoSeeAWARDS15 for Ellen van Engelen.
About - Ellen van Engelen is a Belgian illustrator living in Antwerp. She has worked for revue XXI, The Pitchfork Review, The New York Times, The New Yorker, Nobrow, De Standaard Magazine, De Morgen Magazine, De Standaard, The Bulletin, The Guardian, Mixmag, Bust Magazine, Weekend Knack, Feeling, Kinepolis, Star Meal, Veritas, Duval Guillaume,…
With her razor-sharp structures, the Berlin-based artist JOCROMA aka Johanna Creutzburg convinced the jury at GoSeeAWARDS15 in the category Illustration - and received the Bronze Award in 2015.
About - Jocroma aka Johanna Creutzburg was born in Rostock, former East Germany, in 1982. She studied illustration at University of Applied Science in Hamburg, graduating in 2008. She now lives in Berlin and set up her studio in Prenzlauer Berg. The main focus in her illustrations lays in hand made paintings. Johannas recognizable and unique style explores the potential of color and shape, deconstructing figures and remodeling surroundings, moving between figurative and abstract painting. Her inspiration lies in urban environments and modern life. These influences are worn lightly in a portfolio of vivid and strikingly colorful images. Carefully assembled tableaus are created with bold aesthetic compositions often allegorical or surreal. Many pictures show interactions between humans, animals and technology. Emotive backgrounds and personal stories accompany photographic ideas, evolving in futuristic scenery.
Johanna says it is a necessity for her to communicate artistically, to narrate, design and arouse emotions through paintings and illustrations. „Being an artist is my job, but it also means a lot of freedom and passion.“ Johannas diversity of artistic practice has involved her in all sectors of art and design. Alongside her illustration career, Johanna also works as a fine artist, specialized in painting, drawing and printmaking. Her art works were shown at numerous exhibitions, her work can be found in public and private collections in Germany and Scandinavia, such as Sammlung Schirm Berlin and Ystad Konstmuseum.
Almost as equally flashed as the faces of his illustration works was the young Scottish Tony Viperino aka COSMIC NUGGETS on winning the Illustration Bronze at GoSeeAWARDS15: "That's so amazing, I won a bronze award?" the artist tells GoSee. We can only answer that with a big YES!
About - Cosmic Nuggets is the brainchild of a youngish Scottish artist. From an early age he allowed his imagination to run free, thoroughly exploring the inner dimensions of his brain. During these explorations he gradually discovered an intense interest in biology, specifically the areas of species and evolution. It has now become his responsibility to bring his imagined beings to life, to give them a personality, families, neighbors, co workers, pets and everything else in between. Besides working on personal projects Cosmic Nuggets also loves taking part in exhibitions and is always interested to work with others collaboratively for fun or as a freelance illustrator for more commercial projects.
And illustrator MARCELL NAUBERT's striking portrait series was at the very top of Public Voting at GoSeeAWARDS15 in the category Illustration. The prize: ILLUSTRATION Public Voting Winner at GoSeeAWARDS 2015.
"I´m really happy about my prize. And was of course sad that I could not attend your event,” Marcell Naubert tells GoSee. We asked about the creative process, and Marcell tells GoSee: "We of course first photographed the pictures, for which I did the styling. Then I started portraying the models in parallel. The portraits were then combined with the photo digitally. They were finally printed and in the very last step, I painted over the photos by hand with electric-blue colored acrylic paint.”
Marcell continues: “My artwork is generally very much influenced by my work as a stylist in the areas of fashion, advertisement etc. I´ve lived in various different cities all over the world, e.g. for 9 years in Paris and now for almost 4 years in London. Travel – whether private or professional – challenges my eye again and again. I am always very inspired by different textures, unusual shapes and the effects of light and shade. I work with different types of media but my illustrations are mostly created on the computer.” Marcell is represented by GoSee member BIGOUDI in the area of styling. And so a very moved Loic came up on stage for the GoSee photographic proof. /marcellnaubert.
GoSeeAWARDS15 ILLUSTRATION Merits go to the Berlin-based artist Diana Wehmeier (/dianawehmeier), Danish illustrator Mia Marie Overgaard (/miaovergaard), as well as to Swiss Illustrator Isabelle Follath´(/isabellefollath).