Out of all the talented Polish illustrators, I must say without a doubt Bartosz Kosowski has the most distinguishable style. He runs his own Blackbird Illustrations studio in Lodz where he creates his masterful line drawing portraits, often with red or pinkish hues, that has brought him numerous clients and recognition locally and internationally.Bartosz Kosowski graduated from the Strzeminski Academy of Fine Arts and Design with a degree in graphic design back in 2007. Since then he has worked for numerous clients such as The New Yorker, The New Republic, 11 Freunde, Perspective, Apent Rom, Gazeta Wyborcza, Newsweek, Leo Burnett and Orange. His illustrations have been selected and awarded by the European Design Awards, American Illustration and Associazione Culturale Good Design. As well as being published in Taschen’s Illustration Now! Vol.4 and Lürzer’s Archive – 200 Best Illustrators Worldwide 2011/2012.
An illustration for the article about perfectionism. Published in Wysokie Obcasy Estra magazine.
With a resume that long, Kosowski can no more be thought of as a breaking-artist, but as a household name in the illustration scene of Poland. When you look at his work you really understand why he has done so well for himself. There is no denying his talent with neither analog nor digital drawing, and it seems to be the seamless combination of these two that sets him apart. The precise and delicate drawings are polished with light colors and toned textures, red and pink seeming to be his favorites. Here is a selected few of his works, see more over at his facebook page.
An illustration for the article about the ways sisters and daughters change men. Published in Wysokie Obcasy Extra magazine. An illustration for the article about the ways sisters and daughters change men. Published in Wysokie Obcasy Extra magazine. Sailor and Lula (In Dreams: Daviv Lynch Exhibition) Poster created for Spoke Art’s David Lynch show, San Francisco, March 2014. Brazil 2014 Sketches – a selection of sketches done during the World Cup.
Portrait of John Green for The New Yorker Voltage – the illustration for Voltage Advertising Agency depicting the studio from Louisville, Colorado.
Photos via Bartosz Kosowski