April 12, 2009

New Insights into Illustrations

I've posted before about my fascination with illustrations (one of my many fascinations!) . This week I started making my own children's illustrations and it's given me a new found respect for the work that illustrators produce.

Great illustrations have clean, and often simple, lines that convey a lot with very little. And I think great illustrators make it look somewhat easy, but I'm finding that it's not easy at all.

Here's an example of one of the most well-known illustrations, probably the world over. Simple lines, great use of complimenting shapes and limited use of color. Combine all this together and you have a great illustration:

I have a lot to learn about illustrating as my first few attempts clearly demonstrate (don't worry- I won't post them for now) but it's given me a greater appreciation for those illustrators that so handily send their message using this format.

Some of my favorite illustrations are from Japan. This artist does custom/funny illustrations of life in Japan. I love the faces, the feet and the colors. You can find more on his website here:

I'll leave you with one of my favorite illustrations of Darwin that was in the New York Times recently:

Andrea at Studio6

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