Book Illustration Competition: The Adventures of Sherlock – Research

As with any project, the first thing I did was create a pinterest board gathering visuals to help me build an idea of what visual aesthetic I want to go for. Pinterest has this new feature where you can add sections in the pinterest board itself, sort of like folders, this was useful for adding different folders separating the artist inspiration and the other visuals, like photos and Victorian crime scene illustration.

This year The Book Illustration Competition has chosen The selected Adventures and Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, by Arthur Conan Doyle. The brief asks for four illustrations, one each for each short story and a book cover. (You can find the link for the brief here.) The three stories that have been chosen are A Scandal in Bohemia, The Man with the Twisted Lip and The Musgrave Ritual. 

Some artists I’ve looked at to gather inspiration for this project are; Dave McKean, Charles Shearer and Jonny Hannah.

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Dave McKean

I looked at Dave McKeans black and white illustrations. His black and white ink drawings are some of my favorite of his work because of his use of line. It kind of looks like he’s using a dip pen and ink, and maybe a paintbrush for the larger dark areas. I like the way he simplify shapes for dramatic effect and the imperfect and sort of uneasy look to his drawings creates a great atmosphere.

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Charles Shearer

What really appeals to me about Shearer’s work is the way he captures the atmosphere of a place. A lot of his work subjects are these great British mansions that have been abandoned and left for time, sort of eerie and majestic at the same time. He uses a variety of textures in his work, with different techniques to attain them, including printing and painting.

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Jonny Hannah

Jonny Hannah is a popular favorite, one of them being for his unique way with typography. He breaks graphic design rules and often uses many different fonts on the same illustration, but he uses it to his advantage. I also like the line work in this drawing, the simple thick black painted lines and simple shapes mimic the folk art he’s so fond of.

 

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Blacksmith Project – Ferrous Festival 2017

 

In our first week back we were given a small collaborative project to do with the blacksmiths. We were tasked to create some promotional illustrative work for a blacksmith in time for the Ferrous Festival happening soon. Each of us were paired up with a blacksmith based on our work and interests. The blacksmith I have been paired with is named Jordan Kachellek, you can find his Instagram here.

Some of the things Jordan finds interest in is science, 18th century medical instruments, figurative work, photography (light exposures), cats and music, especially live music. He is also inspired by the artist Max Ernst, especially his piece titled “The King Playing with the Queen.”

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After some initial brainstorming I’ve come up with a loose idea of illustration Jordan’s tools alongside the tools he is inspired by, creating some sort of illustrated toolbox. I could also include other things in this “toolbox”, like illustrations of Jordan’s personal belongings and other things he finds inspiring. I think for now though I will focus on just the tools and keep it themed on just that.

Collections: Artist Research

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Mike Glanville

“Alongside an earlier career in engineering, Mike has had a life long interest and involvement with graphic design, painting, printmaking and illustration, including work for South Hams District Council and the environmental organisation Common Ground. From 1997 to 2013 he ran Press Gang Printmakers the print workshop based at Salcombe Art Club. Based in South Devon Mike is mainly interested in developing a personal vision, with shoreline, Dartmoor and still life as principal motifs. His time is spent mostly with wood engraving. Collaborative work with the Poets and Painters group is becoming increasingly important to his work. In 2012 he designed and published a book: Poets, Painters and Printmakers showing the groups written and visual work to date.” Source.

What interested me in this artist is their beautiful printmaking work. What particularly drew me to Mike Glanville’s print work is his collographs. What I like about them is their range of textures, and that you can get a large amount of detail into them. I also like the atmosphere and feel you can only really get from this technique of printing, its sort of murky, yet still contains beautiful details.

Website here. 

Beyond Measure - Louise Lockhart | Illustration | Design | The Printed Peanut:

Louise Lockheart

“Louise has been drawing ever since she first held a pencil and she is so happy to be doing it for a living now she is a grown up. Based in a small town in England, she takes inspiration from the every day things around her, such as hand painted signs, food packaging and old toys. Her work is colourful, jolly and playful as well as being unusual. She creates her designs by drawing, printing, cutting and finding collage material and textures, then compiles them using a computer. Never one to follow current design trends, her work has a folk art aesthetic and a timeless feel.”

Clients include:
Heal’s, Mini Boden, Flow Magazine, Anthropologie, Chronicle Books, The Independent, Anorak Magazine, Positive News, Donna Wilson, Graniph, The Skinny, Design For Today, Cicada Books, Compendium Inc., Little Otsu and Hallmark Cards. Source.

I really love the colours and textures used in this artists work. I like the simple two colour (three if you count white) pallet used and the hand drawn feel to the work. The texture looks like the illustration was possibly printed, maybe using screen print or linocut. Another thing that drew me to Louise Lockhearts work is the simplicity of line and shape used and how effective it is in creating a fun illustration.

Website here.

 

Collections: Research

The first thing I do with any new project is to create a pinterest board, or basically a mood board, of things that might visually relate to the project. I find pinterest a very useful tool for this, but the biggest downside to using an image gathering site like this is that images are sometimes not sourced properly. So sometimes I will find some art I really like, but will have no idea who made it. (On the upside tho, a reverse image search on google usually does the trick.)

You can find my pinterest board for this module here.