I had collected a lot of Illustration references but when I looked through them, very few were contemporary other than some children’s authors who I had read with my children (Lauren Child and Maire Hedderwick).
As the notes suggested, this ended up being a real journey of discovery. I went on the OCA forum as suggested and looked at other students resources. I looked at several websites that were mentioned. (illustrationmundo.com, illustrationage.com, IllustrationFriday ) I found them interesting but I couldn’t imagine using them for inspiration. However, I had never really understood PinInterest so going on the OCA boards completely blew my mind! I have since heard that it is like going “down the rabbit hole, emerging an hour later, bleary eyed and your brain aching” and I completely could see that. A hundred different avenues to potentially follow. I have set up my own boards now and am completely sold on it as a concept. My only concern is how to filter the amount of information, I think I need to try and be quite discerning about what I pin and explore so as not to get completely drowned in stuff.
Amongst others, I have pinned the work of
Mar Cerda www.marillustrations.com (beautifully made dioramas)
Kim Welling http://www.kimwelling.com (quirky Dutch illustrator, I was drawn to her little things in matchboxes)
John Klassen http://jonklassen.tumblr.com (Canadian Illustrator whose work is typically sparse and understated. I pinned his line illustrations from Lemony Snicket’s “The Dark” but I also like his other work)
Masako Kubo http://www.masakokubo.co.uk/illustration/images/ (Japanese illustrator, again I like her sparse imagery)
Maggie Warwick http://www.maggiewarwick.co.uk/prints.html (British printmaker, I love her pebble prints).
Books I have found a source of inspiration in the past:
Push Stitchery published by Lark
New Artisans published by Thames and Hudson
Japanese Graphics Now! published by Taschen