Pick Me Up 2014

8fb403fd-5e49-4c37-a699-255db0c002f3Words by Elizabeth Pollard

Somerset House hosted the visual arts fair, Pick Me Up, for it’s seventh year. Celebrating the best in young illustrators and designers, this year had no shortage of exceptional talent. Selected by a panel of industry judges, including It’s Nice That, this years line up saw a huge variety in work, from the technically brilliant architectural ink drawings of Thibauld Herem, to graphic psychedelic illustrations of Central Saint Martins alumni, Edward Carvalho-Monaghan. Here are my highlights from this years event:

Julia Pott
Illustrator and animator, Julia Pott, won critical acclaim for her film, Belly, which she produced whilst studying at the Royal College of Art. She often illustrates personified animals in quizzical and intellectual settings which gives another dimension to her playful drawings.





Lynnie Zulu
With an artist mother from Tanzania, it’s no wonder Kingston University graduate, Lynnie Zulu, is influenced by the colour and loose line of Africa. Only graduating four years ago, in 2010, Lynnie is already making waves in the industry, having featured in i-D magazine, British Vogue and exhibited alongside Rob Ryan.




Thibauld Herem

French illustrator, Thibauld Herem, has developed a style far away from the graphic trends circulating today. Sticking to the traditional medium of indian ink, his work is hours each, so it’s no wonder you are easily lost in the intricacy of the ink.





Isabel Greenberg
Isabel Greenberg graduated from Brighton University in 2010 and has since, lived and worked in London as a freelance illustrator. Her comic book drawings, are refreshingly different from the traditional style, with much more organic brush strokes. Her forte is North American indigenous scenes including inuits and navajo influenced characters.





Kyle Platts
At first glance, Kyle Platts cartoon illustrations hold the traditional characters and themes you would find in a comic book, but at a closer look, they depict twisted satirical characters in quite controversial settings (i.e. Buzz, Woody and the Taliban). After graduating from Camberwell School of Arts, his career has soared, with commissions from the likes of Little White Lies, Anorak, Converse and Vice.



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