Okay so getting down to business! The research on the inspirational artist that could help me within my ‘Global areas within design’ brief. I have already made a post about Ian Whadcock, my second artist I’m going to look at is Nick Lowndes.
I have been looking at his illustration portfolio blog, which is brillaint, he users block colours, not a lot of detail, it sends a straight direct message. He does not complicate his illustrations but does add tiny detail, which build up the background story. Here are some of his illustration that I like. I think they link to this project as in many of pieces of art they have a main story which is a character or object and then it stems into different things. So It links because, it is something that holds more than one face, style, and personality.
I have noticed he users a lot of arrows and straight lines, as he wants you to follow it as it tells a story, non of his illustrations are made by mistake it has a very clever meaning behind them. He works with a lot of magazines and newspaper so he has to be creative yet eye catching.
Now I’m going to look at the worlds leading visual communications artists.
Infomen is a website that represents a series of brilliant illustrators, that all work in similar yet unique ways. They too link with Nick Lowndes as they use bold block colours, nothing is gradient, its very clear with little detail. I love it. It looks like most of there work has been done using illustrator.. maybe photoshop. There illustrations are not just used to be pretty and to be looked at but for important and serious kinda stuff! Obviously used to send out important messages within each illustration. I personally get took back by some of them as they can be very powerful.
Deanna’s technique is slightly different from the norm of my previous artist I have researched, she’s very rustic! Some illustrations only have a small amount of detail and some are even created using just one curvy line to represent an object.. Brilliant. I have noticed she uses a lot of different types of methods, some times she had little colour others its full to the brim however with a effect to make it look ‘printed’ a bit off. On one of her illustrations I noticed she had it letter pressed and gold foil blocked on to 500gm recycled stock. Very fancy, and effective.
She has also too done some illustrations for magazines, one I have found is about the best places to live in London. She also has done some work for the saturdays Guardian Newspaper, she did an illustration for the travel section.
I have also been looking at Muir, I first come across his Digital Prints, which I was not a major fan of, they looked cheap and unprofessional but he draw me back in when I saw his other areas of work. His urban paintings were so strange yet creative and lovely! They too send a message, especially around the area London. He actually puts me in a lot of perspective. He is one artist/illustrator that has one face yet has so many styles and techniques that are so different and creative from one another. He is brilliant.
It shoes that you don’t have to be narrow minded and that you can have different styles that are controversial against each other. On his blob/website I have been looking at his published illustration section, and wow he truly does inspire me, he is rustic, rough, messy, and thrown together! Yet it all seems to work result!
He has done a lot of work for various magazines, book covers, posters, and news paper covers.
Tom is another man with many creative faces. He is hard to follow with all the work he does in so many different areas. He is an award winning illustrator and author!
”He is renowned for his iconic Advertising campaigns and political posters against the Vietnam War and Racial Injustice which were representative of the burgeoning political consciousness in New York in the 1960’s.” From his Official Website
However he does not have that many images of his illustrations on his blog which is a real shame. But never the less he is by far very brilliant and is an excellent example for this project as something that holds many talents and faces.
Lawrence from first looking at his website is very straight to the point and clean cut. He has also done a lot of work for the Guardian and too likes to build his portfolio. His style is very similar to Ian Whadcock, users colours and block colours very well, he users a lot of basic lines and shapes in his illustrations as they create tension and an atmosphere. They tell a story, he too has used arrows in his illustrations as that makes the audience follow the story.
His illustrations are usually very profound and deep they hold a meaning and or information, one is about Equality and Diversity and he has represented it so well. Another is about Obama Care, they are controversial and very in your face. I like it!