Exploring my illustration influences and style

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EXERCISE 1.

Case Study 1.

Exploring my illustration influences and style - image 1 - student projectExploring my illustration influences and style - image 2 - student projectWhat I like: The use of positive and negative space, the contrast of dark and light, the neutral palette, the botanical illustrations

Artist: Carson Ellis

Technique: Watercolour and gouache over pencil drawings

Context: Illustration for publication

 

Case Study 2.

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What I like: surrealism, soft, figure form and the way that the figures seem to float, interesting negative space

Artist: Lisbeth Zwerger

Technique: Watercolour over pencil drawings

Context: Illustration for publication

 

Case Study 3.

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What I like: the perspective, patterning, and style of botanicals

Artist: Sara Boccaccini Meadows

Technique: Watercolour, gouache, ink pen

Context: Illustration for publication, textiles

 

EXERCISE 2.Exploring my illustration influences and style - image 9 - student project

What I like: The colours, bleeding watercolours, balance of sharp and soft

Exploring my illustration influences and style - image 10 - student project

What I like: Experimentation with 3D illustration in a pop up book I made based on the story of Little Red Riding Hood. My very first pop-up book illustration project (so I will be kind to myself!) but I like how the needs of the pop up helped inform the style. For instance, the design had to be really simple in overall shape in order to "stand up" when the book opened. I like all the white space and how the simplicity of the background highlights the shadows of the book. In terms of the figures themselves: I appreciate the watercolour details of the wolf.

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What I like: Another piece on Little Red Riding Hood (I was obsessed!!). I like how I experimented with graphite powder and cut outs. The feeling is very ominous. I like the details in the figure, and how the red is repeated in the window panes. I like the sharpness of some of the details in the house, the girl, and in the wolf head balanced with the murkiness.

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What I like: This illustration was painted using different kinds of tea. (It's part of a how-to on how to make your favourite cup of tea :)) I like the use of perspective in this illustration. I also like the movement of the cat's tail and the girl's hair.