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Fri-llustrator-day #19

pt-tokioblock-08t by e-boy

Today we whizz from last week’s beautiful analogue drawings of Charles Barsotti and scream into the future with the pixel-pushin’ artistry of eBoy. Often imitated, but never equalled, the complex, yet simple style that the Berlin-based eBoys Steffen Sauerteig, Svend Smital and Kai Vermehr have been pioneering since 1997 has delighted people (peecol?) all over the world. For me, their work is reminiscent of George Hardie, who was the first person I can remember to have a famous signature isometric style of illustration. Although Hardie used Rotring pen and gouache, his also much-imitated style was a front for some funny, witty and downright intelligent thinking, just like eBoy’s work. That, and their unerring eye for detail and colour, is what makes them stands head and shoulders above every imitator who has tried to ape them.

pt-audibot-03k by e-boy

They have worked for all of the usual suspects (Adidas, Adobe, Coca-Cola, Google, Levi’s, Microsoft, Paul Smith to name but a few) producing posters, books, mugs, toys, stickers and the obligatory t-shirts. Just like Siggi Eggertsson of Fri-llustrator-day #16, I had a real job deciding what pieces of their work to use to illustrate this post as I really just wanted to use all of it. I can’t of course, so why not pop over to the eBoy site and have a right old fri-llustrator-day feast for your eyes. And if you’re feeling flush, why not treat yourself to some great eBoy gear from their shop. As I said here, I really wanted to buy a bag eBoy did for Gola, but was persuaded otherwise by my family. Sigh…

kdr6t-frontandback by e-boy

All images © 1997-2009 eBoy Sauerteig/Smital/Vermehr.

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