The illustration focuses on the formation of a piece of clothing or costume. The core focus is in creating the base shape, then using colour and rapid line work to create the fine textures.
The focus is the base most colour, a golden orange. By selecting core areas to hold this colour, the overall tone is then suggested across the garment as a whole. By focusing the attention into areas which would be in the foreground, this allows for other shades and hues to be manipulated within the background.
The shape and flow is rapid, using quick strokes of the pencils and graphite to create this shocking contrast between colour, and the negative spacing of the paper.
Created in varying grades of Uni-pin fine liners, the piece sees a metamorphic style approach. Inspiration falls from work by surrealist artist Salvador Dali.
The artwork focused on creating the effect of shadow, and dimension with the use of directional strokes and overlays of colour and thickness. The piece contains a human skulls, a photography lens, and the Red Admiral butterfly. The skull sees the photography lens submerged into the left hand side, with the edge of the lens and eye socket meeting as on. The lens edge melts and forms into part of the lower jaw, and the butterfly replaces part of the teeth and jaw.
The main challenge was in how the piece remained light in terms of shading, but also how small details could be achieved without overpowering the overall piece. The perspectives also had to be manipulated with care, as the different angles could be lost easily.
The illustration was created as a response to a creative module within University. The specific theme used is the 1950's. The text used as base inspiration was the 1945 play An Inspector Calls.
The concept behind the illustrations is a remake of the play, the characters reflected personality wise by the clothing they wear. As such, each character saw a different aspect of the 1950's. Sheila wears a classic 1950's dress, set with full circle skirt and undergarments, shoulders bare, Eric is the rebellious character, wearing worn jeans and a biker leather, laid with a working flannel shirt. The parents wear clothing which reflects on wealth, and status, but are also muted in terms of colour, reflecting on the way many older generations dressed in the 1950's when compared to the rising youth.
The base medium is watercolour, with solid sections worked into for shading, fine liners add small details such as the effect of woven fabrics, and add depth to areas with joints or seams.
The illustration has been created with inspiration from Dior's S.S 2008 Haute Couture collection, and from accompanying photography by Patrick Demarchelier.
The illustration focused on creating a unique style of illustration, which embodied the flow and movement of material when on the body. The exaggerated shapes and forms add volume and texture, and with use of strong highlights this firmly elevates the darker tones. By using watercolour, then graphite pencils, this creates bold colour sections. The focus also fell to creating a face, bringing enough features in for the humanisation angle, but still making the clothing the key focus. Solid outline also retains the strength of colour, and explores how thickness and variation in line work can add or detract from key areas.
The piece has been created in standard coloured graphite watercolour pencils, but left with no water manipulation. Finished with varying thicknesses of black fine liner pens, the whole complete design has been inspired by the Dias De Los Muertos which takes pace in Mexico. The experiment was also focusing on the use of colour, adding tones which highlight or contrast one another, small details include 0.05 grade strokes which add depth and tonal detail.
One of the more expressive pieces, the canvas for this oil painting measures 4ft x 4ft. The concept behind this piece is to explore the expressive use of colour and texture. The materials being oil paints meant that the grain and strokes would be imprinted, this choice was made and as such, the next step was choosing the correct tool to apply the paint. With this, the whole piece was formed via a pallet knife, the different way the knife was used create the texture and tones, some designed to form the impression of movement.
The piece was created in 2015 as part of my GCSE art finals, although old, the exploration of colour has remained throughout all of my work.