Monday, June 29, 2009
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Just thought I'd post another illustration I made for my last assignment in Narrative Illustration.
Creating the setting and making up some characters was a lot of fun... and when it came to the cat, I thought I'd make it look like a special puppy-kitty. The staircase itself is meant to be a bit creepy and threatening, so that you feel some empathy toward that skinny kid.
Saturday, June 20, 2009
I haven't seen many caricatures of life coaches on the internet.... This is what I've come up with.
The risk of doing a caricature is that the person who is portrayed might not be as open-minded and ironic as you are :-P and some symbols might not be so easy to decipher
The child on top of the bar represents "life" (life coaching..), but it might be something that nobody understands except me... For this reason I just edited the whole thing and made a new caricature, using pen and ink (for nice comic style effects) and replacing the child with a teenager (because this life coach is a spiritual teacher for teenagers).
Will post soon :)
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Ok, I have to admit: it's not my original idea, but something I came across on Jacob Share's website http://jobmob.co.il/
and decided to adopt for my interviews. The result? Your employer can't help staring at such a big and colourful super brochure, and won't let you take it away from his/her hands!
Monday, June 15, 2009
Saturday, June 13, 2009
I thught I'd make a nice banner for this forum, so I've been playing around with Illustrator and some nice fonts... to give it a grunge style, with a touch of old-style with pen doodles acually made with vectors.
The idea comes from the issue that illustrators sometimes don't have a clear position in the job market, or in the art world, or in the world in general: sometimes people don't even know what they do, others just place illustrators somewhere along the range which goes from graphic designers to fine artists.
One of the best things I found about this whole issue is a self-explanatory illustration by Brad Holland:
One of the most hilarious definitions: "I am an illustrator, which in the art world, is very much equivalent to whore”, by Molly Crabapple
She does crazy victorian-style illustrations and here is a video where she talks a bit about herself: http://vodpod.com/watch/1086656-i-am-an-illustrator-which-in-the-art-world-is-very-much-
My pencil drawing follows the flow and content of the speech and represents the way therapy can lead from dysfunction to function: squares and fragments of shapes. If you take a step further, Yoga allows the achievement of flow: spirals, round and soft shapes. Spiritual practice eventually leads to glow: powerful rays and
Friday, June 12, 2009
A few days ago I went for a walk with one of my flatmates to buy some groceries. We were sharing ideas and I was surprised by the sight of the autumn trees: they looked like people, desperately using their trunks to express their longing for something.
Beautiful powerful, skinny or robust branches.
I made this illustration a couple of months ago for a project called The Juniper Tree: it's a fairytale by the Brothers Grimm, rather spooky. Check out the Gutenberg Project free files at http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/2591
This is a detail of the illustration: I used pen, and a combination of digital or ink colouring. What I tried to express is the intense presence of the juniper tree: it almost becomes more human than the little speechless and powerless man besides.
As Mervin Peake says in his writings, "Don't be afraid to express what you see, the impression you had when you were inspired": the viewer probably doesn't want to see something realistic otherwise he'd be happier with a real tree in front of him. Illustrations can do something magic, like words can do in a fairytale.
The lyrics is about a mysterious character who is unable to put up with the mediocrity and hypocrisy of society. Ironic lines follow one another offering the most original paradoxes ever: christian holy figures tired of their wretchedness and tempted by the possibility of a Nobel Prize; a tough competition between the Statue of liberty and a mythical Statue of Pity...
By the end of this queer and cryptic song, the guy has dropped a bomb at the masquerade ball. I made this illustration without preliminary sketches, thus the naive touch and some random imperfections. I used a superfine black pen on A4 paper, while listening to the song for about four (maybe more?) times in a row with my ipod shuffle.
Coming soon.... The Art of Tim Burton
How often do you see misshapen ojects, or people? They don't look good.
But yet some illustrators like turning these weird, ghastly characters into appealing and unique treasures for our eyes. Behind them is some kind of alternative magic ratio between horror and cuteness, that is probably the reason why Tim Burton's creatures are so lovable and heartbreaking.
Such a “weird ratio” (instead of the classic golden ratio) has given Burton's aesthetic a distinctive touch and has no doubt helped win him thousands of fans, though many dissenting loud voices claim for a change of direction from this horror vibe.
For those who love Tim Burton, like me, there is a book with about 1000 of his illustrations. On April 30, 2009, Burton announced via his website mailing list that he’s releasing a book of his own personal artwork:
Coming Soon... "The Art of Tim Burton"
Hardcover and Limited Edition books - Over 400 pages & 1000 illustrations!
For more information please register at TimBurton.com
More details in the future!