Last year, the holiday season was set ablaze by France’s Pompiers Sans Frontières (Firefighters Without Borders) and their sizzling, stripped-down calendar. Shot for a good cause by renowned Paris-based fashion photographer Fred Goudon, the risqué calendar proved to be a popular Christmas gift—both in France and abroad. In keeping with tradition, Goudon has photographed a new crop of au naturel pin-up models for his 2018 edition: French farmers.
Italian illustrator Alessandro Gottardo’s beautiful, open and inviting illustrations have been featured in major newspapers and magazines including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, TIME, The Economist and Newsweek among others. He’s won numerous awards including the gold medal from The Society of Illustrators New York in 2009.
Gottardo’s clever illustrations show us why a minimalist approach can go a long way in telling a story. By taking out all that’s unnecessary and distilling ideas down to very basic forms and shapes, Gottardo makes us believe that complicated concepts can be illustrated in surprisingly simple ways. Love the sweet and surreal nature to these.
Added: After we finished this post, we got in touch with Gottardo for an interview. Read that follow-up post, here.
Alessandro Gottardo also goes by the name Shout. He recently released a hardcover book called Shout Mono which you can preview here. I particularly liked this quote from him that was in the product description,
“One day, maybe I will say things that are truly worth listening to, I will say things that belong to me only, and there will be no other way to listen to them EXCEPT looking.”