Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Visual Research Folder

My research during the project was done mainly on the internet but i also found some very interesting artists in galleries and in magazines. Some of the main blogs/ websites i looked at were, Urban Sketchers, (a blog dedicated to reportage with a lot of varied artists) and Juxtapoz (a blog of contemporary artists that show unique and inspiring artwork). Im also an avid reader of the new scientist not only because of its content but the artists employed to create the illustrations. Two of the most recent and inspirational were Sam Chivers and Richard Wilkinson.

San Chivers

His artwork is incredible. His use of colour and shapes creates bold and clean designs that have a natural flow to them. I assume he must use illustrator to create the complex array of shape and lines as i think his art would take forever in photoshop. i also really like his use of negative space. He uses such dramatic shapes and

that empty space makes the design even more prominent.



Richard Wilkinson

He is the other artist i found looking through new scientist. HIs use of soft lines and collage bring his images to life and create realistic cartoons. I really enjoy his work as he draws in such a unique perspective, looking from the point of view of the character. His colours are not overly bold but his choice of contrasting colours helps make the images stand out. When he uses text its simple but effective, being laid out so its easily legible but still works with his image.


Dominic Shephard
I only recently discovered this guys artwork in my university gallery. I really enjoy his pieces as he makes you work to understand them. his use of ridiculously complex colours and lines create a fantasy world that is incredible. I also like how his brushstrokes are very erratic but he still manages to create detailed and interesting images. the scale of his work is also amazing, so big and makes you fall into the fantasy he's created.



Sane is a graffiti artist i found looking through the 'Graphotsim' gallery. His letter style is big and bold however he creates amazingly colourful fills. I really like his unique style where he uses neat curves and bold colours intwining into each other.


Rafael Santiago.

I found this artist on the 'Juxtapoz' website. I think his use of colour is incredible and It makes his work stand out. i love his blotchy backgrounds because they give the illusion of space and its galaxies. i also think his characters are unique and their facial expressions are very amusing. Like the man below, he seems godlike as he appears through the sky, but has a slight smirk on his face.


Lynne Chapman
I've been fond of lynne's work for a while now and enjoy her simple way of combining word and image. Her realistic reportage sketches are combined with text to help the audience understand her situation when drawing and something comical or informative about the subject. i also like the simple colours she adds to help entwine the words and the image as seen in the images below.



New Scientist

Bournemouth Arts University Gallery

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