Rachal Duggan is a funny lady. The 23-year-old, Chicago-based illustrator creates a cast of characters as diverse as her influences, but each and every one share a similar air of eccentricity. That isn’t to call Rachal eccentric, she isn’t. She is an artist with a talent for taking the everyday oddities of life, and infusing them into her portraits. Her style, which mixes clean composition with complex texture and pattern, is surreal and occasionally grotesque–but its also really fun.
I’m going to kick this off with a wholly generic and uninspired question, but I’m genuinely curious about what got you into illustration?
Well, I have always drawn but I had no idea where I was going with it. Then, when I was a junior in college, I realized I should try to get better at something I already enjoyed instead of worrying about finding something new. It sounds so simple now, but it was quite the epiphany for me at the time.
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If you aren’t familiar with Mike Davis at this point, chances are you’re not paying attention. As part of Minneapolis’ Burlesque crew, he has been pumping out amazing work for the better part of a decade. His work brings to mind the 1960s-1970s output of heavy hitters like Milton Glaser, Herb Lubalin & Alfredo Rostgaar, 1980s pop-culture ephemera, and maybe a little graffiti culture for good measure. But its the way he combines those influences with his own illustration style, centered around clean and simple lines, bold colors and an ever-present sense of levity, that keeps his shit fresh.
Just about two years ago, Mike started the So Much Pileup blog to post some design artifacts and inspirations. One of our favorite regular features is the “Philately Friday” series, where he posts a collections of postage stamps from around the world. We asked Mike to put together a “greatest hits” of the series, and talk to us about his affection for the philatelic arts.
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