Thursday, 3 September 2015

Françoise de Felice

The paintings of Françoise de Felice manage to be very classical in composition, content and aesthetic. Whilst also being true to their time because of the way Françoise applies the paint in layers, so they appear eroded like advertising hoardings and graffiti.
I woke up thinking of 'our time' and how it appears in art and craft and my thought was this; that so much of it is fractured broken and reassembled. In my mind this is because we are living life so fast that we are snatching at things, not having time to contemplate the whole. Also we are so saturated in current affairs history and information, that sometimes your mind is like a constantly changing TV screen, your eye is not allowed time to be quiet and contemplate.
Françoise de Felice in her paintings captures the allusiveness of time, its mirage, her paintings seeming to blend eras and sensibilities. So that they look like they have ghosts of past paintings trapped in the canvas.

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Barbara Licha

Wire sculpture/ drawings by Polish born Australian artist Barbara Licha. These figures are very much trapped and caged, but I love the spaces they create and inhabit, they seem to be dancing their frustrations out before us.

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Tatiana Torres

This is a lively gif from Tatiana Torres 'Tatee'. So far this week my blog seems to be all about movement.
Tatiana is an illustrator from Columbia who since infancy drew a visual diary, this has matured into comic strips, posters and other illustration wonders.

Monday, 31 August 2015

Volker Gerling

Volker Gerling takes sequential photographs which he then makes into flip books. Such a simple idea but the results are potent portraits snap shots of those brief intimate moments of a life or lives that hold the beauty of our transient souls.

Portraits in Motion by Volker Gerling.

Sunday, 30 August 2015

Efealcuadrado I

Efealcuadrado is a Spanish illustrator who has a beautiful variety to her mark making, creating very expressive and evocative sketches and drawings.

Saturday, 29 August 2015

Bubbles and dirty baths

I am working on two different (maybe 3) projects right now.
One is an incredibly detailed realistic study of crab claws the other two are secret. I find I need to balance producing detailed work by doing more exuberant, experimental work and processes, and so I found myself bubble printing yesterday.
My bubbles are all black as I wanted the scummy effect of a not so clean bath. But of course you can print your bubbles in any colour and I am sure I will be making some coloured ones soon. Strangely for such a simple technique, I had to experiment in order to get the effect I wanted, and get quite technical.

A shallow tray (I used a roasting dish)
Washing up liquid
Paint (I used acrylic)
a hand whisk
a drinking straw
Paper cut to the size you require.
You make a shallow tray of coloured water diluting your paint.
Add a squirt of washing up liquid.
Stir it all up
Use your straw to exhale into the water and produce a carpet of bubbles over the surface.
If the print is not clear enough add more paint. If the bubbles not bubbly enough add more washing up liquid.

What I found is that blowing with the straw makes a nice even carpet of bubbles all the same size. But I did not want my bubbles all the same size, I found that if you whisk up your water you will make lots of small bubbles and then I used the straw to add larger ones. This produced a good variety and a range of marks. I also over printed many of them to fill in gaps or give them more impact if they were too light.

Friday, 28 August 2015

Jill Calder II

Jill Calder's vivid, vivacious paintings are like screen prints with their powerful juxtaposed colours and stencil like passages through the layers.

Thursday, 27 August 2015

Jill Calder I

With clever and dramatic use of contrasting colour combined with dynamic mark-making and line, Jill Calder's illustrations for the brutal historical story of 'Robert the Bruce are stunning, eye catching compositions. 
This is another book that threw itself at me from the shelves of the Edinburgh International Book Festival.
"I wanted to create a book that would appeal to adult's as well as children . . . I was quite nervous at first, as I hadn't really done anything historical, or illustrated a picture book before. But I did a lot of research. I borrowed hundreds of books, visited the National Museum of Scotland and Edinburgh Castle and scoured the internet, looking for armor, clothing, books, art and everyday objects anything I could find from the 12th to the 14th century." Jill Calder 
Jill Calder spent a year illustrating this book by James Robertson published to correspond with the
700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn by Birlinn Books.

Rosemary Mohicans

Sometimes you need a rosemary mohican.

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Playing with People

Yesterday I took a break from major projects, to work on 'People'. I like to be challenged by Illustration Friday's themes. This week it's 'people', though I find increasingly people are just uploading old work or completely unrelated work, which makes it less interesting to view the submissions.
Using a free magazine that I had been given in Edinburgh I made collaged people. I like the mattress lady best, I love the rosy colour and her upholstered body. 
I gathered more free printed material from the supermarket before Freya got home and she wanted to try it, so she made a lady . . . and then a sausage dog . . . and a burger dog!
This would be a good school project to explore the idea of 'you are what you eat'. 

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Michael Foreman

I briefly made it over to the Edinburgh Festival yesterday and spent a couple of hours at the Edinburgh Book Festival, where I was thrilled to find this book; 'The General' by Janet Charters. It was originally published in 1961 and reprinted by Templer Publishing in 2010 to celebrate it's 50th anniversary.
It is a book to cherish, about peace and beauty and an end to wars.
It was of course the illustration that drew me to it as it looked so much like my favorite illustrator Gerald Rose's work. In fact I was not so surprised to see that it was illustrated by Michael Foreman, as he attended Lowestoft Art School the same as Gerald Rose, but it did make me wonder about who was teaching at this school and whether Michael and Gerald had fallen under the same tutorship.
This was Michael's first book, his style developed into solid washes of colour and I had many books illustrated by him as a child. This less finished style is a revelation to me in Foreman's repertoire, I really love the quality of line and the use of colour, humour and space in these works.

Monday, 24 August 2015

Yoko Yamamoto III

I sought out further images by Yoko Yamamoto. In the image above, I especially admire the way Yoko has used the legs of the birds and animals as music notes.

Sunday, 23 August 2015

Yoko Yamamoto II

Illustrations of music, that dance across the page, by Japanese illustrator Yoko Yamamoto whose work is often an incredible visualization of music. Yoko's work is quite dreamlike and rarely constrained by rules of composition, free flowing illustrations that you swim in. Her work reminds me of Marc Chagall's in it's compositional style and its sentiment.

Saturday, 22 August 2015

Emma Crocatt

Emma Crocatt's style reminds me of 1950's graphic printed textiles and some how also of fuzzy felts with their simple elements composed in flat colours. Yet this young graduate is recreating in her work a retro atmosphere of seventies British TV with programs like Mary, Mungo and Midge.