Tuesday, 4 October 2011

In the style of...

Armed with a summer brief to design 7 characters in the styles of our favourite visual artists in one hand, and a pencil in the other, I managed to create this crowd of strange bedfellows, and maybe I learned some things along the way too.

In the style of South African illustrator and graphic designer, Jordan Metcalf, who's creations are often characterised by a bizarre sense of serenity. I aimed to create an effective character with strong line work and a lack of colour. Some of his work to be found here 
Inspired by one of my favourite contemporary illustrators, Shaun Tan. This piece was an experiment into compiling pencil lines, colour and a stained background in adobe photoshop. The character was created to have an air of calmness and purpose. That said, it can't speak so it wont tell me what its purpose actually is.

Created after looking at the work of the jazz illustrator, Jim Flora. Working with a flat colour limited pallet, I aimed to create a character who seems entirely surrounded by the music he creates. 

A particularly poor scan, but this piece was inspired by an American Fine artist and Illustrator called Seth Fitts. Painted in acrylic, but in a way i'm not used to. The heavily layered finish is achieved with many layers of acrylic washes, with layers of Matte Medium in between to create a sense of depth, and occasionally being worked into with pencil lines and shading. He has a deviantart full of work if you fancy a look 

This character was inspired by British illustrator, Jamie Hewlett, most well known for Drawing Tank Girl and The band, Gorillaz. Creating a sense of personality in this piece was important for me.
Created after looking at an under-exposed illustrator from Poland called Mateusz Kolek. Hand-drawn line work, worked into with colour and texture on adobe illustrator. Just so you don't have to remember that name, here's his website. 

A-La Ashley Wood

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