Wednesday, 16 December 2009

Peter Callesen

The top three images of Peter's work are really simple and yet they are so effective. I think the idea is really clever, especially the image of the man catching the other man. They are quite quirky and have a sense of humor and personality about them that i haven't found in any other piece of work.

I really like how they have been produced, it looks as though the characters or objects have been cut out of a piece of paper but yet they are still attached. It gives the effect of them coming to life out of the paper (or leaving their lives behind in the case of the skeletons).

I like the way the models also create sharp, clear cut shadows which is something I'm interested in experimenting with in my own work (lighting and shadow play).

I think the scale in which he works in is also very interesting, his images always look very delicate and fragile, probably due to the use of paper. I'm fascinated by the amount of different things you can do with such a simple material!

Anna Wilihighfield

I thought these were really interesting paper models. I like how delicate the paper horses look and I think the unicorn made out of what seems to be steel wire has really interesting line and movement.

Saturday, 28 November 2009

M.S Corley- Book Covers

'I had this skull and bones image pop into my head the other night and I was trying to figure out a way to use it for something... and then I thought of the haunting of hill house image, which is a story I've always wanted to make some piece of art for. I figured it might be fun to make some covers for a few of my favorite horror/ghost stories.' M.S.Corley

I really like the colour palette Corley has accustomed to this set of illustrations. I think it communicates the genre well, it has that eerie, creepy atmosphere that horror authors strive to achieve.

Wednesday, 25 November 2009

Jeremy Holmes-This is the Best Thing I Have Ever Seen!!

I came across this illustrator during the visit to the Society of Illustrators exhibition in New York. I thought the book "There was an old lady who swallowed a fly" was pure genius. I really like the the style in which the book has been illustrated, it has a dark, sinister tone to it, which reminds me a bit of Tim Burton's style of illustrations.

The different materials and textures that have been created (either by printing or some other process) are really effective and give the book a tactile quality and adds to the morbid feel the book seems to hold. This is especially apparent in the way the eyes close when you turn the last page, symbolizing the old lady dying at the end of the story - It's brilliant!!! As soon as I saw this book I knew I had to buy it!

Rachel Isadora

Rachel Isadora is a children's illustrator. I was browsing through a bookshop in New york when I came across this brilliant children's book, "Hanzel and Grettel'". I love the way she has adapted the common fairytale and has placed her own slant on it, based around African culture. The style in which she has implemented it is also very inspiring to me.

The way she has cut out shapes and silhouettes to create the characters and elements, is something that I have always been interested in experimenting with, so this really speaks out to me! Her use of colour and the way she has painted on the paper to create texture is very beautiful and I can see it being very eye catching for children. Her images look really atmospheric and magical something I thrive to create in my work.

Tuesday, 3 November 2009

Container Plus- Inspiration

I have recently come across Container Plus (three people who are currently collaborating together). They came into college and provided us with a lecture about their own work, their influences, how well they manage to work together. I thought the lecture was really helpful alongside our own collaboration project as we used a lot of their work as inspiration, especially the idea of the fun house, as our main idea was to get a room and transform it into another world that distorts your environment.

We also really liked the idea of combining real objects with drawings etc. For example the images above with the forest and shadows, (because our idea was based on fairy tales) we wanted to turn the room into a dark forest and experiment with a projector that would project shadows onto the walls.

Monday, 26 October 2009

Monster's inc: Put That Thing Back Where it Came From!

For the doorway project our main idea came from the film Monster's Inc: The idea of the there being another world on the other side of the door. . . .

Sunday, 18 October 2009

Collaboration Brief

I have just been given a brief which involves us working with other people from different pathways: Graphic design, multimedia, illustration and textiles design. I'm actually really excited at the prospect of working with different people who are practitioners in other areas. It gives us an opportunity to use other peoples skills to our advantage.

We have simply been given a door and we can interpret this in which ever way we like, the brief is really open ended, which scares me a little as I like to have some structure or someone telling me what to do, but then again it's a great opportunity to really explore some other areas I'm not totally comfortable with yet.

I've currently been put in a group with Jenny from multimedia, Hannah from graphics and Helen from textiles, all of whom I have worked with in the first year when we were given a collaboration project and we worked pretty well together, so I'm really looking forward to this brief!