Elliot Freeman is an illustrator who is based in London. It’s difficult to find little more than that about the mysterious man, but you can find examples of his work on his Cargo Collective site. Freeman’s work stuck in my mind. It looks both quirky and unique, and reminds me of something else at the same time. After a ponder, I realised that his characters’ wobbly shapes have a bit of psychedelia in them. They are perhaps reminiscent of the German illustrator famous for directing the Beatles’ Yellow Submarine — Heinz Edelmann. Not a bad precedent to have as an illustrator.
Freeman’s illustrations are digitally coloured, but they have the appearance of paper cut-outs, or the kids’ puzzles where the challenge is to fit a simple-shaped wooden figure or object back into its carved-out place. The large, blobby forms, combined with tiny eyes and simplified features, lend the protagonists of his illustrations a comical appearance. They are somewhat childlike in the best possible way: the loose lines, the blocky, flat fields of colour, the subject matter, which is filled with animals, transport, and people in funny positions. Enjoy these selected works, and find more here.