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.