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Contrast and Beauty with French Illustrator @malikafavre

For more of Malika’s illustrations and travel snaps, follow @malikafavre on Instagram.

The art starts with shapes. “Big shapes,” illustrator Malika Favre (@malikafavre) says. Much of her abstract work is inspired by graphic photographers and real-world objects and patterns that she shoots herself — not other sketch artists.

“I always try to spot beauty in everyday things, from a shadow cast on a wall to a beautiful object,” the 32-year-old, who is based in London, says. Then, she starts “cleaning,” cutting away at the image, because Malika is obsessed with negative space. But, she also seeks to add a human element to her canvas, which is why she describes her aesthetic as “bold, minimalistic, colorful and playful with a hint of sexiness.”

Growing up in France in the 90s, when people with graduate degrees had trouble finding work, Malika actually thought she would never turn her passion for drawing into a job. But, when you see art everywhere you look, creating may be the only possible path.

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This year, we worked with Human After All and artist Malika Favre to produce artwork for this year’s EE British Academy Film Awards poster and brochure covers. We asked Malika to interpret the five Best Film nominees; Birdman, Boyhood, The Imitation Game, The Grand Budapest Hotel and The Theory of Everything.

Find out more and read the brochures in full. 

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Illustrations for Kuoni by Malika Favre

“Series of travel illustrations for Kuoni France 2016 brochure, art direction by Altavia.”

Malika Favre is a French artist based in London. Her bold, minimal style – often described as Pop Art meets OpArt – is a striking lesson in the use of positive/negative space and colour. Her unmistakable style has established her as one of the UK’s most sought after graphic artists. Malika’s clients include The New Yorker, Vogue, BAFTA, Sephora and Penguin Books, amongst many others.