Style Class - A Walk in the Woods

Style Class - A Walk in the Woods - student project

Case Study 1

Artist: Rafael Mayani

Technique: Ink and Digital 

Context: Inktober - personal work (art director - commercial work)

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What I Love:

  • Dense blacks drawing you eye to the main focal point
  • Limited palette of monotone and gold
  • Movement through the image
  • Intrigue of the concept/story

Case Study 2

Artist: Karolin Schnoor

Technique: Ink and Digital

Context: Book Illustration and Packaging

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What I Love:

  • Simplicity
  • Hard vector edges softened by texture
  • Stylish linked series as a story
  • Embossing and gold highlights
  • Expressive, effortless limbs and faces (no features or simple faces)

Case Study 3

Artist: Britta Teckentrup

Technique: Ink, collage and digital

Context: Publishing - Book Illustration
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What I Love:

  • Expressive, simple shapes
  • Emotive quality
  • Limited, subtle colour palette
  • Use of resist and cut outs
  • Scale and randomness of composition
  • Overprint and transparency to create depth

Case Study 4

Artist: Mark Hearld

Technique: Linoprint (and collage)

Context: Fine Artist and Interior Designer

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What I Love:

  • Movement created by composition and pattern
  • Black frames swirling into the composition
  • 2 colour print on white paper - masterful with just 2 colours

Finally I wanted to mention a beautiful, inspiring book I found in La Belle Aventure children's bookshop in Poitiers.  Petit Bonhomme du Bois is a collage book about a little woodman and reminds me to be playful and enjoy materials when making work.

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 Project Plan

Technique: Printmaking and Photoshop

Theme: Woodland Walks

Context: Series of 5 x 7 card designs with potential to print to A5 size

 

A-Z List

 

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 (Very) Rough Observation Sketches

For my theme, walk in the woods, here are my first four word sketches:

 

Badger

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Intimate

I struggled with this at first as I was thinking of the intimate spaces a wood creates.  Then I thought about types of walk, a romantic walk and the intimate space made by an umbrella.  I like the intimacy of someone curled up reading a book in the woods too and could make their body position quite foetal/curled up in a small space.

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Oak

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Ancient 

This turned out to be the hardest word as I was literally thinking of ancient woodland when I wrote it.  I have some ancient forests near me which have boardwalks that take you above the tree canopy.  I am going to revisit this word and do further sketches as it feels a bit too narrow at the moment.

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I have used Procreate and the HB pencil as suggested, so am learning this too! Here are my four selected sketches.

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