19 posts tagged mbw
The summer starts. And we are happy to introduce you sunny young illustrator Kaley McKean. Kaley is from Toronto, Canada. We invited her to our rubric “My best work”. Enjoy!
This is one of my favourite recent illustrations. I’ve been trying to find a way of using digital tools to combine hand-drawn elements in a way that looks natural to me. For a long time I worked almost exclusively by hand, but I’ve decided to let myself use the computer more. It gives me a little more flexibility and a more polished final piece. I’ve been trying different processes and I think I’ve found one I’m happy with here.
This illustration was inspired by the season - so many growing things! And wishing that I had more space for my beloved house plants. I ended up printing this greenhouse on postcards for promotional mailings.
Thank you, Kaley!
Do you miss our “My best work”?) We are back! Welcome Jabari Weathers and wonderful “Creation of Larvae”.
The idea arose after pouring through pages of one of Rosemary Ellen Guiley’s occult encyclopaedias: this one focused on specifically magic and alchemy. In it, I discovered an entry for Larvae; which in magical terms according to the book is a creature born entirely of thought. Instantly I had this image and spent the next few days letting it unfold on the page with a bottle of walnut ink and a quill.My biggest challenge with this piece was creating the image of something being created by thought. I had gone through a few sketches and attempts before settling on going straight ahead and just feeling out what feels right in each figure, so the pencil stage was the longest. Once the groundwork was laid, however, I settled into a comfortable groove in realizing these characters, and had tons of fun with the ink along the way!
We are going to brighten your day by welcoming Samantha Pierpoint with her beautiful feature at “My best work”!
I have produced three illustrated cube templates which will be printed onto separate boxes, each made to fit inside one another. I chose this plot because most of my work is based on landscapes and I wanted to really expand on this by creating a full-on planet where I could cover every type of landscape in one project.
What/who inspired you to create this work?
The concept behind this project was to create my own planet in three layers using patterns and landscapes to form an outer crust, the underground and the core. I just came up with the idea and was desperate to see what it looked like so I spent my evenings working hard building 3d paper landscapes, photoghrphing them then arranging and editing them on photoshop.
What were the main difficulties?
The illustration had to wrap round every edge of the cube which was a bit of a struggle, there was a lot of offsetting in photoshop towards the end of the project to make sure the images flowed correctly.
Thank you, Sam!
Now that I’m over 200 paintings deep into my tramps-l’oeil series,
it’s getting trickier to keep things interesting. Lately I’ve been
experimenting with more meticulous drawings to keep myself engaged.
These longer works seem better suited to long winter nights of
painting while bundled up in bed instead of in my studio. This is my
current favorite of this newer style, a drawing of an unknown model. I
began by staining the page with blue and pink inks, and then finalized
the figure with fine line markers. I usually borrow my titles from
songs or television shows, but since I was especially pleased with
this drawing I chose its title, “Take it from me, kiddo,” from my
favorite poem by E. E. Cummings, “Poem, Or Beauty Hurts Mr. Vinal.”
Thank you, Martha!
As usual in our rubric “My best work” young and talented illustrator shares his/her best piece. And tell us about the illustration and his inspiration. Welcome Dylan Taylor!
The illustration is a direct response to a lyric from this song “here in my car, I feel safest of all, I can lock all my doors, it’s the only way to live in cars” - Gary Numan’s songs are often about dystopian futures where people & machines co-exist uneasily, & they describe the social paranoia in these broken societies. The song “Cars” reflects Numan’s anxiety about his own safety amongst strangers, so I decided to make his “car” a floating, glowing tetrahedron, firstly because this pyramid shape is a motif that appears a few times in the album art & music videos; & secondly because it looks like a safe, impenetrable shape that works as a retro-futuristic car concept.
Music is a huge inspiration to me, I always listen to something when I’m working & this project is a way for me to pay homage to musicians for inspiring me daily. Stylistically, I am influenced by outsider art, mid century illustration & graphic design. The biggest challenge in this drawing was to stylise Gary Numan, yet make him recognisable.
“My best work” №12. Welcome Estela Cuadro!
It represents the female power, its splendor, its balance, patience, beauty and it inside energy.
Every part of her being represents a relation with the outside.
For example, her hair blends in water sources that flows from the springs where Gods lived. Thats the reason why it is esencial for life.
She is part of all Gods from cosmos, of Gods and Goddesses of my imagination.
The Pitonisa represents wisdom.
Thank you, Estela!
“My best work” №11. Welcome Kendra Dandy!
I chose this because I enjoyed using mixed media to create this and it was a departure from a lot of my mostly black fine line pen work. Sometimes I find myself to be a bit hesitant to use paints and color for fear of ruining the drawing but letting go of those fears proved to be the right thing to do. I was inspired by summer florals, a bit of fashion illustration, and my on going quest to create different girl personas with each drawing.
“My best work” №10. Welcome Tramp Maker!
What made me choose this?
I chose this artwork because woman is an inspirational figure, and not visible from outside
Who inspires me?
Everything in the world is inspiring, a lie if we do not believe that every day there is a different inspiration„ a lot of inspiration out there that I have not met ..
There is no difficulty if we do enjoy it :)
“My best work” №9. Welcome Joahannah!
One of the works i like most, but to pick one it was pretty hard. Here goes the description.
A piece of scenography for a short animation….mural design for a monster writer, obsessed with death, tattoos and Mexican art.
The idea was to mix traditional Mexican art, oldschool tattoo, Santa Muerte cult with the style of modern murals in Mexico. All of this together, showing the neverending circle of life and death, sun and moon, light and darkness, warmth and cold. It refers to the movie main character , as we can see him changing- first on the dark side, closer to death than to life, than back to the light, happy and hopeful.
I wanted this to be a reflection of the main characters life, but also, to have a lot of small details that you see after some time…It was difficult for me to join all of this tiny things together to make one big composition, but I hope I managed to do it :)]
Thank you Joahannah!
“My best work” №8. Welcome Florence Li!
This is a new style which I am working on. I love this one because it can represent what I am thinking recently. I am quite struggle between rational and emotional, so I add a lot of unfinished hair liked line drawings into the heart. And the most inspired me to work on this artwork are the back of the heads on people walking across the metro. I was thinking if we are the fishes swimming in the ocean with no purpose.
“My best work” №7. Welcome Suroju Kartyk!
What made me choose this?
I choose this artwork of mine, because, it was something that I did when I didnt know that I could really do something like this. This was the sketch that really set a path for me, this was the sketch which made me feel confident about myself. Though, it may be not be appealing for many or whatever, this sketch really keeps the passion alive in me and it reminds me that I can do a lot better.
Who inspired me?
I have a passion towards Fashion Illustration and I keep watching the great works done by great Fashion Illustrators and I wish I will be one of them one day. The inspiration is all those great Fashion Illustrations I see everyday.
Well, I would love overcome them rather than mentioning them here;)
“My best work” №6. Welcome Deirdre Spain!
I chose the theme of ‘Matching Couples’ during my studies in college, when we were given a brief to create illustrations on the theme ‘City Types’ in Dublin. This theme really interested me as I enjoy people-watching and find couple similarities really fascinating.
I went around Dublin city collecting photos for inspiration and found many couples who had a matching element to their appearance.
These photos helped me to create my illustrations, which I created by hand-rendering then editing and adding colour through Photoshop.
The work of René Magritte inspired my surrealistic aspect and I think this inspiration really adds to the effect.
I really enjoyed this theme and plan to create more illustrations to add to this collection.
Thank you Deirdre!
“My best work” №5. Welcome Katarzyna Anna Dziaduś!
She was living in Monster’s City. Monsters were harmless for her, she was surrounded by them and monsters loved her. Life as in the movie.
Doing of this illustration took me a lot of time. I colored it three times and I wasn’t proud of results.I used colors which remind me about coffee and old movies. I tried to create a frame which looks like scene from movie.
I tried to make nice lighting effect with pink rays and the dust in the car.
I don’t know if it is my the best illustration, but it is my last picture. Now I’m doing new and different.
“My best work” №4. Welcome Anna Nowacka!
I chose this work because I love to work with children story’s-this one is about adventures of Hanna and it’s titled “What little Hanna was afraid of and what now mature Hannah is afraid of” During my work on this book I’ve speak to all of my friends and ask them what were there fears in childhood and how they fight with them…answers were so different. For example this part of book describes situations: monster in wardrobe, UFO, that my parents will became robots, letter “W”, drain in the bathtube, owls…but I’ve draw also defenders like: made up tiger who lived and defend from evil, special “duck” T-shirt, elephant teedybear, music(tapes) and more:)
Drawing and empty space of paper is the best way to overcome any problem-I wanted to show kids that they are not alone and everybody is afraid of someting.
Thank you Anna!