Mark Conlan’s illustrates a whimsical new world
Mark Conlan conjures a uniquely joyous atmosphere within his illustrations.
Originally from Dublin, Mark Conlan now lives and works in Melbourne. Working with clients across the world, Mark aims to produce atmospheric imagery that surpasses the brief with every project he takes on. Mark’s client list includes the likes of AirBnB and The Guardian, and he has regularly contributed editorial illustrations to The New York Times.
A personal piece entitled “Working Together” is one of our top picks from Mark’s portfolio. Showing part of a human tower, the image aims to make a comment on what the world could do better…
“I think it’s about time we all started to try get on and work together. All there seems to be is tension, bitterness and hatred towards each other these days. This is not good for any of us.”
This moral compass is a key feature throughout Mark’s conceptual work. From personal projects to the array of editorial illustrations he has created, positivity is always a key theme. Each aspect of his visual style works to add this uplifting feel. The exaggerated characters feel friendly and familiar and pretty plants and foliage add an air of calm. On top of this, his use of a rich, vibrant colour palette creates a warm and enticing atmosphere.
From the characters who populate it to the plants which surround them, each aspect of Mark’s illustrated world feels warm and inviting.
“Unexpected Discoveries” is another of our top picks from Mark’s portfolio. The project started as a four part illustration series and has now been developed into a short animation with the help of a few creative friends. It features a young man who finds himself stumbling upon a torch that allows him to uncover new places. From secret seas to hidden intergalactic realms, the story gets more and more enticing as each new place is revealed. The aim of the charming short film is to remind the viewer to always be present; you never know what’s around the corner, or even right in front of you.
Opening up Mark’s portfolio is a bit like shining one of these torches. It uncovers a whole new world. His illustrated universe resembles ours but feels that extra bit more friendly, and a touch more magical. Just like the character in his animation, you will be desperate to jump inside this wondrous new world and go exploring.
You can watch Unexpected Discoveries here.