The Manchester-based illustrator loves to create bold and colourful work, mixing together digital and analogue processes.

What’s your favourite tool?

Probably those black and yellow Staedtler pencils with the eraser on the end. Whenever I’m designing an image I will often just rework the same drawing until I’m happy with it, so a good pencil with a rubber is a real timesaver.

What techniques do you use most?

I often work on squared or dotted paper as my images are quite graphic, and it helps me when drawing shapes and with spacing. Once I’m happy with the image, I’ll then scan it and import it into Photoshop where I can work with colour, shading and textures. Working digitally makes it easier to perform changes and to play around with colour and composition.

What’s been your favourite piece you’ve created and why?

At the moment it’s my Lobster Rocket image. I was interested in the subject matter and that in turn made it more fun to work on. I also think it’s the image I’m most happy with so far in terms of shape, colour, texture, and so on.

What’s your dream job?

If I wasn’t working as a freelancer I’d love to own my own screenprinting studio or run a gallery showcasing illustration.

Flirty, fancy, and defiantly old-school: burlesque is big news at the moment. It relies on teasing and subtle details for its sexiness, rather than resorting to acres of exposed flesh – meaning that you can be seductive without having to go all-out raunchy.

In this tutorial, Radim Malinic lets his imagination go for a wander, creating a unique image by blending a burlesque-style central figure with other exuberant, whimsical elements – including a dream catcher and a merry-go-round.

Malinic says: “It’s imperative that you learn how to make your workflow as intuitive as possible. The software should be an extension of your thoughts, rather than making you  into a slave and telling you to use this or that filter. We will explore simple techniques that emphasise colour shifts, quick masking, and adjustment layers.”

The images that Radim has used can be bought for a small cost from, or you can use similar images of your own. Download the images from: (the model), (the feathers) and (the lipstick).


Adobe Illustrator & Photoshop

Time to complete

4 hours