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Nioikehai16list Work / Art Prolific artist Miroco Machiko’s animal menagerie

With distorted bodies, crossed eyes and friendly expressions, Miroco Machiko’s portfolio of animal illustrations is exactly the kind of zoo we can get behind. The Osaka-born, Tokyo-based artist and illustrator has an incredible knack for capturing the magic of the animal kingdom, her expressive brushstrokes and rainbow palette transforming even the most mundane creatures – moths for example – into glorious beasts.

8 Work / Art Judit Kristensen on the pace and vulnerability of her pencil portraits

“I like bad drawers, or I like when there are vulnerable elements in a drawing,” says artist Judit Kristensen. From Umeå in the north of Sweden but currently based in Copenhagen, Judit has tried to hang on to some of the less-than-perfect technical details from when she first started working in this style two years ago. “ I guess time has made me a better draftsman – for better and for worse. I prefer empathetic over perfection, and you cant really be voluntarily bad to make a drawing vulnerable. I think that would have an opposite effect.”

K_l_printlist Work / Art Artist Jesse Draxler on finding clarity through greyscale

“When I began working exclusively in greyscale is when everything seemed to start to make sense,” says artist and illustrator Jesse Draxler of his dark, brooding style that combines collaged photography and painting, manifesting in large-scale paintings or commissioned illustrations. “It’s as if by freeing my mind from having to think about colour I had gained a greater clarity for everything else, like when someone loses a sense their other senses heighten to compensate.” Jesse suspects that his preference for a black and white palette is informed by the fact he’s colour blind, or “colour deficient” as he calls it. “Though I don’t put too much weight behind just that.”

Karenlederer-art-itsnicethat-list Work / Art Karen Lederer's paintings reference everything from pets to politics

“I am endlessly interested in the tropes of still life painting,” artist Karen Lederer tells It’s Nice That. As a result of Karen’s object focused fascination, the artist has endlessly inspired us too with her paintings which present the ordinary, from pairs of Converse to bottled fizzy drinks, in a vivid style using a hyperreal colour palette.

Sondraperry-art-itsnicethat-list2 Work / Art Artist Sondra Perry uses avatars and animation to challenge representations of blackness

For her first European solo show Typhoon Coming On, American artist Sondra Perry has transformed the walls of the Serpentine Sackler Gallery into a seasick-inducing corridor of computer generated waves. Made using open-source software Ocean Modi, the purple hue references the programmes colour warning, which appears when there’s a problem with the simulation. Every so often the projections flick to the manipulated surface of J.M.W. Turner’s 1840 painting Slave Ship (Slavers Throwing Overboard the Dead and Dying, Typhoon Coming On), the canvas grossly deformed into an oily sludge.

Michela-zoppi-graphic-design-itsnicethat-list Work / Publication Michela Zoppi's conceptual approach to graphic design explores the social role of the designer

Although it’s a medium packed full of practical applications, graphic design also promotes the exploration of ideas from a conceptual standpoint and it’s this space that Italian designer Michela Zoppi’s work firmly occupies. Inspired by a host of references that include the typographic experiments of the Futurist Movement, William Blake’s poetry and Jean Lucas Godard’s films, Michela has developed an incredibly conceptual and thought-provoking approach to her work.

Joshking-khruangbin-evanfinsthethirdroom-film-itsnicethat-2list Work / Film Josh King directs video for Khruangbin featuring a lady hula hooping her way through Shanghai

A few years back we described designer, director and previous It’s Nice That graduate Josh King as a “Kingston graduate who spends his days being paid to come up with brilliant ideas because that’s exactly what he’s best at.” This statement remains undoubtedly true. In his latest creative endeavour Josh directed Khruangbin’s genius music video for their song Evan Finds The Third Room, which involves Han Li, a smiling lady in green, picking up an imaginary hula hoop while taking out the trash. She then proceeds to dance her way through Shanghai’s various neighbourhoods.

Nathan-hackett-illustration-itsnicethat-listimage Work / Illustrator Nathan Hackett's playful illustrations explore relationships between humans and their surroundings

British illustrator Nathan Hackett is a story weaver; writing playful narratives for the characters who inhabit the intricate buildings he creates. Illustrating since he was 11 years old — at first doodles in his maths books, then blow-pens won as a prize on the nineties hit TV show Art Attack and later studying illustration at Bournemouth College of Art, Nathan’s work powerfully and playfully sparks conversation on how we, as people, interact with our surroundings.

Stefanieleinhos-readitoutloud-illustration-itsnicethat-list Work / Illustration Stefanie Leinhos' new book encourages you to Read It Out Loud

Stefanie Leinhos could draw pretty much anything again and again and we’d love it. Repetition is a key part of the Leipzig-based illustrators work, often utilising the comic strip format to play with iterating the same form or shape through an inverted black and white colour palette.

Plusmurs-lesfichiersphotographiques3-graphicdesign-itsnicethat-1list Work / Publication Les Fichiers Photographiques: where graphic design meets photography

Les Fichiers Photographiques is not your usual photography journal. Unlike other art publications, Les Fichiers Photographiques hones in on just one photographer and explores their work in the context of a broader social issue. The annual journal is the work of Plus Mûrs, a Nantes-based creative studio founded by Méric Chaperon, Vincent Labas and Nassim Bouaza. After graduating from L’ École de Design Nantes Atlantique, the three friends parted ways, working and interning at various studios around the world. However, they soon regrouped in Nantes and decided to pursue their creative interests as a team.

One-shot-photography-itsnicethat-list Work / Photography One Shot: the gallery offering "the most limited, limited edition photos ever" from top photographers

“It’s tangible, romantic, rich and vibrant,” replies Daan van Dam when asked what it is he loves about analogue photography. “The patience you need to have and the uncertainty of whether a shot will be a masterpiece or a mistake is the beauty of it all.” It’s this poetic concept that became the essence of One Shot, a project developed by Daan alongside Zack McDonald and Zorica Rodavic.

Ronnie-fueglister-graphic-design-itsnicethat-list-alt Work / Graphic Design Designer Ronnie Fueglister explores “dramaturgy, reading habits, binding and the book as an object”

Some of the most pleasing book designs are born from the simplest decisions, from subtle nuances that perfectly encapsulate the message of the book’s content. This is certainly the case with Basel-based graphic designer, Ronnie Fueglister’s array of artist books. Always produced in close collaboration with the artist, Ronnie’s work is varied in its visual language but one thing binds his projects: simple, yet smart design choices.

Frankiecosos Regulars / Friday Mixtape Friday Mixtape: a reflective mix on life by Frankie Cosmos

This week’s Friday Mixtape is by Frankie Cosmos! Led by Greta Kline, Frankie Cosmos’ third record Vessel was released last week (31 March), featuring a mammoth 17 songs performed with a host of new band members with David Maine on bass and vocals, Lauren Martin on keys and drummer Luke Pyenson.

Jee-ook-illustrations-itsnicethat-list-alt Work / Illustration Jee-ook Choi's illustrations transform simple contexts into sentimental moments

Illustrator Jee-ook Choi is no stranger to It’s Nice That. We have written about her carefully composed work time and time again, but the Korean artist continues to produce new drawings that impress us with their sharp, assertive linework and clean, powerful shapes.

Vicki-king-photography-itsnicethat-list-alt Work / Photography Photographer Vicki King’s latest work is as dreamy and otherworldly as ever

Vicki King is one of those photographers whose images make you want to step straight into the world they create. Her subjects seem to inhabit somewhere else – an eternally sunny place, their faces awash with warm hues of orange and pink. This otherworldly-ness is no mistake explains the London-based photographer, who admits to having an obsession with wanting to exist in a “timeless dreamscape.”

Uleslebarazer-illustration-itsnicethat-list Work / Illustration Meet the anatomically-minded illustrator Jules Le Barazer

Police cars made out of fingers and caterpillar men munching on leaves, Jules Le Barazer’s imagination seems to have no limits. Having worked with world-renowned publications like Zeit Magazin, Le Monde and Libération, the Paris-based illustrator has covered a broad range of topics from technological experimentation to Mikhail Bulgakov’s Heart of a Dog. Each subject is, however, illustrated through an anatomical lens. “For my graduation project, I created a book about an amusement park that was built on a human body. Visitors could ride through the digestive system, eat liposuctioned fat or even climb over a silicone breast that was threatening to erupt,” Jules tells It’s Nice That.

Lucas-foglia-photography-itsnicethat-list-alt Work / Photography “Go outside. It’s good for you”: Lucas Foglia’s breathtaking and challenging series Human Nature

“Go outside. It’s good for you,” replies photographer Lucas Foglia when asked what he has learned (and what he hopes others will learn) from his series Human Nature. Currently on display at Foam Museum, Amsterdam, and recently published into a book by Nazraeli Press, the series is at times genuinely breathtaking in its portrayal of stories linking people, nature and science.

Rikakonagashima-shuta_hasunumau-zhaan-graphicdesign-itsnicethat-list Work / Graphic Design Rikako Nagashima's analytical approach to graphic design makes for satisfying results

From looking at the vast portfolio of Rikako Nagashima, it’s clear the Japanese designer has an analytical eye for graphic form. Since graduating from Musashino Art University and establishing her studio village® in 2014, Rikako has jumped off the graphic design springboard to work on “branding, CI, VI, product design, package design, editorial design, sign planning, art direction and so on,” she says.

Listnewnew Work / Photography Adelaide Ivanova's photography blurs fact with fiction

Brazilian artist Adelaide Ivanova’s website quotes Susan Sontag’s book Regarding the Pain of Others, which criticises humanity’s relationship with war photography for turning death into an artistic object. It is unsurprising then that Adelaide’s series Direction Paris saw the artist interviewing Spanish Civil War survivors, photographing them and compiling her images alongside archival footage. Direction Paris is Adelaide’s personal exploration of humanity’s relationship to war.

Laura-csocsan-graphic-design-itsnicethat-list-alt Work / Graphic Design Laura Csocsan's monochromatic portfolio of conceptual yet methodical and logical designs

“Generally, in every project, the use of type is important for me,” states Budapest-based graphic designer Laura Csocsan. “I usually find the best version of something always includes simple forms or an image, combined with type and the smart use of white space.” A quick look through Laura’s portfolio confirms her description of her work, as it’s one packed full of monochromatic, type-heavy projects born from her conceptual, yet methodical and logical approach to design.

Felipe-di-poi-tamargo-the-long-and-lonesome-road-to-grandmas-animation-list Work / Animation Meet the hilarious Felipe Di Poi Tamargo who has been animating since he was just a kid using Flash

Felipe Di Poi Tamargo started making animations when he was 11 years old. 11 years old! The age when most kids are just watching cartoons, Felipe was actually making them. He’s not 11 anymore though and with a number of years in the game, a degree from Rhode Island School of Design/Brown University’s dual programme, and a few Vimeo staff picks under his belt, it’s safe to say we expect great things from him.

Kelly-anna-nike-free-run-its-nice-that Work / Product Design "London is often seen as a grey city, but I have always seen it in colour" — illustrator Kelly Anna on designing Nike rns

“Running is more than a sport. It’s an act of freedom,” so say Nike. For the SS18 Nike Free Rn campaign, the brand teamed up with a crew of artists to explore what freedom feels and looks like. Top of the list is Kelly Anna, a London-based illustrator whose career we have been championing since we encountered her boldly brilliant work early last year, even inviting her to talk at Nicer Tuesdays.

Manujawaldia-illustration-itsnicethat-listlist Work / Illustration “I like drawing women nurturing one another and building things together": illustrator Manuja Waldia

Manuja Waldia’s vibrant illustrations span a wide range of subjects from Shakespeare to self-love. After graduating from university with a degree in communication design, the Portland-based illustrator has produced impressive work for a number of mega-brands; Manuja created a Google doodle to commemorate the Indian singer Begum Akhtar on her 103rd birthday, she designed dainty Indianapolis city maps for PrintText and continues to illustrate the book covers for Pelican’s Shakespeare series. Her signature style can be seen on search engines and bookshelves alike, but it is Manuja’s personal work that really caught our eye. Focusing on female empowerment and the importance of sisterhood, Manuja’s self-initiated illustrations are populated by elegant figures that clearly understand the meaning of feminism.

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