Colour Variations

Colour Variations

Perhaps there is nothing that affects the mood of an image more than colour. I was taught to 'use colour sparingly and only for a special purpose'. It is a maxim that has somehow stuck with me over the years despite it being rendered redundant at the merest glance at any period of art history or indeed contemporary illustration. Nevertheless I do tend to work with a restricted range of colours. This is a little graphic experiment I worked up running a simple image through different colourways to see just how differently it could be perceived.

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Pollination

Pollination

This is the realisation of one of those images that sometimes just seems to appear, fully-formed, from nowhere. Stylistically the figure is a throwback to the kind of scuptural forms I used to illustrate over twenty years ago, gender-free and without the encumberance of hands or feet. Could probably work well in colour but I so love black and white!

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Veiled

Veiled

Many years ago I used to have a small photographic darkroom that would be periodically set up in the kitchen so I could make my own black and white prints. I also liked to experiment with photograms - making images on photographic paper with objects or drawings on tracing paper with varying degrees of thickness. Areas of the photographic paper that would receive no light appear white while those exposed through transparent or semi-transparent objects would appear grey. Although the process was exciting the equipment was crude and it wasn't too long before I focussed instead on working with traditional illustration materials. However the photogram process itself has always stayed with me and these days the technology offers the control to realise the kind of images I could only imagine back in the day. This image is based on that process, decreasing the transparency on selected areas.

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Imagined Anatomies

Imagined Anatomies

Although I am not a medical illustrator (which is a specialism) I do get to illustrate medical topics quite often. The point of those illustrations is usually to convey an important health issue to the reader but equally they often provide an opportunity to include anatomical detail. I do enjoy the rendering of organic shapes, hence this small ongoing series of 'Imagined Anatomies'. Essentially an exercise in the grouping of various organic elements and presenting them in a harmonious composition.

Imagined Anatomies

A selection of three from initial pen drawings/studies.

Imagined Anatomies

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Identity

identity

A series of images on the theme of identity and how far our facial features determine who we are and how we view ourselves. This started by first adopting the hard, objective, view of the police mugshot but then evolved to be a less distinct, more abstract take on the individual faces.

 

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