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Introducing Comic Artist Brendan Purchase

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The man, the myth… Nah only kidding! Brendan’s only been working professionally as an illustrator and comic artist for 3 years now. But what makes him worthy of a mention on the LCS is that we’re really digging his style and the offbeat look of his character work. It’s a refreshing change to the over-polished work dished out by the House of Mouse and DC these days. The organic feel and obviously hand drawn look in my opinion (when it comes to comic work) gives the reader more opportunity to use their imagination and really get into the story. Brendan’s style of work only tends to be seen in indy comics, which is a shame really. It’s not as if bodies and the human figure aren’t distorted beyond nature in the mainstream comics and graphic novels, so why can’t comic artists be a bit more loose with their artistic interpretation instead of perpetuating a distorted view of beauty? Anyway! That’s another topic for a whole other conversation. Brendan’s figure work looks bloody awesome and you know the work was done by someone with talent that cares about art.

Check out a bit more of his work below and have a gander at his full portfolio at He specialises in horror and dark imagery and is currently taking on new commissions.





IH8WAR: Artists & Designers Against War


Friend of the LCS, Charles Hively, recently had a chat with us about a very intriguing project he’s running via his Artisanal Media LLC company with colleague Sarah Munt. Charles is hoping the project will eventually turn into a movement and take on a life of it’s own. IH8WAR was born of a talk they gave at Vienna’s Joseph Binder Symposium in October 2014 on the responsibility of artists and designers to become involved in the state of the world.

You can listen to the talk here…

If you weren’t aware, since 2003 Charles Hively has been the design director for 3×3, and is also the founder and publisher of that awesome publication and website.

The poster at the top of the post was created by Monika Grubizna and below you can check out a few more of the submissions.


Stop the War – Alberto Ruggieri (Italy)


Stand – Giulio Bonasera (Italy)


War = Death – Seymour Chwast (United States)

IH8WAR is accepting submissions; head over to their site for more information.

The work of award winner artist John Hendrix


For some reason I’d not come across John Hendrix‘s work before, even though he seems to have won dozens of awards and has worked for nearly every client under the sun. I accidentally stumbled across his work on Facebook a couple weeks ago and was really taken with it. So I thought it was only fair to share his awesome illustrations with the rest of you. I’ll have to see if he’s interested in doing an interview.



There’s a very nice video interview with John if you want to find out more about him.

The art of Alé Mercado and his sketchbook


A few weeks ago Alé Mercado uploaded a page from his sketch book that reminded me what a fantastic artist he was. Seeing a professional illustrator’s sketchbook is always a pleasure and the page featuring Alé’s Sea Creature/Evil Merman is no exception to this rule.

This isn’t the first time we’ve noticed Alé Mercado’s illustration, a couple of years ago he also took part in Mail Me Art with the piece below and we were very happy he did.


As you can see, Alé’s work has a very nice quality to it and he isn’t afraid to tackle subjects and compositions that may send less established illustrators running for the hills. Below is a personal piece of his titled Happy St. Jordi. Great use of colour.


If you’re interested in seeing more of Alé’s work, you can check out his portfolio website at or you can follow him on Facebook.

Sue Todd’s 3×3 Merit Award


The Picture Book Show of the next 3×3 Directory of Illustration includes a merit award to Sue Todd Illustration for four illustrations from the play, Steam! Taming the River Monster. Steam!, published by Red Chair Press, is a work of historical fiction dramatising the first voyage of Robert Fulton’s steamboat, The Clermont.

External Link: Sue Todd’s 3×3 Merit Award

Showcase 100, available now!


DSCF2112Showcase 100: Illustration is now available from the LCS shop. With only a week left to go until the exhibition we’re very proud to release the accompanying book of the project. It’s a fantastic publication and I’m sure it’d feel right at home in anyone’s art book collection. It features 100 illustrations from 100 fantastic illustrators, and not just that, it includes a number of sketches, descriptions and bios. Whether you love illustration, want to support the LCS or just want a copy for yourself… Order a copy of Showcase 100! Worldwide shipping available.

About the book…
Showcase 100: Illustration is a 160 page publication of high quality illustrations and sketches from some of the best professional illustrators working in the industry today. We have strived to showcase a wide variety of illustrations that represent the trends and quirks of this creative profession, and have encompassed artwork created for all markets, and countries, and by artists who may be 30 year veterans of the industry or just starting out in their careers. Only 100 illustrations were selected from over 1,400 entries in association with Hire an Illustrator.

DSCF2116Order Showcase 100: Illustration…

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