Illustration Styles

As the brief says to produce an illustration on the front cover of Creative Review, I decided to take a look at different styles of illustration. I found this useful to draw inspiration from as i’m not the most confident artist.

Line Art

I first looked at line art. Although very effective, they were all sketched and incredibly detailed, and I don’t think I have the ability to recreate.

Below shows a very rough but effective illustration of two smartly dressed people, maybe off to an awards ceremony. The sketch is very simply, with just outlines and rough lines. The eye is drawn to the center of the illustration, where the only used image can be found. This adds contrast in colour and texture to the design.

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Another artistic illustration I looked at can be seen below. The exaggerated contrast between thick and thin silhouettes. The use of thin lines to make a composite of different characters is effective and gives it a comic feel to it.  Screen Shot 2015-11-26 at 15.41.54

Below shows a been that has been sketched. The small directional lines give the wasp texture and weight, as if it could be physically touched. Although the final result is very eye catching and aesthetically pleasing, I think for my project this would be a bit difficult to replicate.Screen Shot 2015-11-26 at 15.42.14

Pop Art

I really like the contrast in colours in the illustration. The artist has used a simple silhouette, and used contrasting and abnormal colours, making it interesting to the audience and it goes against what the audience perceives.

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Similar to the first illustration, this design shows a male with patterns all over the piece. The contrast in colours used on the males face and top in relation to the dark red used on for the skin and the background. The brush strokes also add texture and depth to the illustration.

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I really like this design. It combines sections of block colour and white to create a strong contrast. The background is also yellow, contrasting well with the blue. around the males waist are silhouettes that are clipped to the back ground, creating a focal point for the audiences eye to be drawn to.

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I really like this style of illustration. Its commonly used in the initial stages of design for films and

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