Bradford, UK-based graphic design student Matt La'Mont has created a very beautiful set of animal illustrations that make us feel like a kid again. They all have that retro modern feel to them, don't they?
Is A-Z of Animals a personal project? Why did you create it?
The A-Z Animals started as a personal project in which to experiment with both shape and texture of an animal. After creating a few animals it became quite an addiction to design the animals on a regular basis.
What kinds of tools did you use?
I just used a mixture of both Illustrator and photographs of textures and animal reference.
They are so many, to name a few, Noma Bar, the Small Stakes and the famous Charley Harper. But when lacking inspiration nothing beats looking through a good book of illustration.
I love the 1950s retro style that seems to be dominating the world of illustration at the minute. The mix of analogue and digital is extremely visually satisfying. Retro-Modern is the best style to work with at the minute as they are many resources online to help such as commercial free textures and typefaces.
I plan on making an A-Z set of flash cards and some children's T-shirts as soon as possible but, in the meantime, I'm starting to design a book. More images and information are available on my Flickr site (http://www.flickr.com/photos/functionalfox/) I just uploaded a possible cover design too.