This was the first time I had seem an exhibition of illustrations and I was quite bowled over by it! The range of styles and techniques, the riot of colour, the humour and wit was all amazing! I was struck by how, in daily life, I am surrounded by these incredible illustrations and I barely notice – there were images on display that had been created as editorial work for newspapers which probably would have been glanced at by most people before the paper was tossed into the recycling. I now have a whole new appreciation for illustrative work!
For me, it was also a great privilege to be able to read a little about how the artists created their work and the techniques they used. It was particularly noticeable how much of the work was wholly or partially digital. I particularly enjoyed watching a timelapse video of a digital illustration being created, starting with a hand drawn pencil sketch that was scanned in and then coloured in using Photoshop. Something I am going to have to try myself!
These were the stand out pieces for me:
Tony Rodriguez – Bill Murray: Mark Twain Prize
I particularly like the pen and ink style of this illustration, in particular the creation of texture on the skin using fine pen lines. I also like the ‘busy’ background. There are more details about the image are artist here.
Richard Allen – Wave
This image was created as a cover image for Sunday Telegraph Money section. It took me a little while to understand what I was looking at but when I realised it was Trump’s hair taking the place of Hokusai’s Great Wave – I thought it was genius! Given how Trump’s bellicose rhetoric is threatening the stability of the Korean peninsula at the moment I thought this was an incredibly clever and witty image.
Oivind Hovland – Skaanevik Fjord Hotel
I really liked this child-like illustration of life around the hotel. I liked it’s ‘busy’ nature with lots going on and lots to look at. I also really liked how there is so much detail packed into the image but it is using simple shapes and a simple colour palette. More details here.
Alice Yu Deng – Tashirojima: The Cat Island
I have to confess that I probably really like this because I like cats and I like Japan 🙂 That said, I do like images where there is quite a lot going on and I enjoyed looking at the sunbathing cats in their different poses. I also thought this was a very clever way to depict the Japanese ‘cat island’ where cats and people live in harmony. More details here.
Sam Pierpoint – Visit Bristol Christmas Campaign
This model wasn’t actually on display at the exhibition but I saw it on the website and thought it was beautiful. More details here.