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ARTIST FINDS: JEAN GIRAUD

General / 25 May 2017

Time for another short essay on another awesome artist, this time we got Jean Giraud A.K.A Moebius!

A little background on this beautiful man,

Moebius was a french man artist and cartoonist, a very influential man in the comic, illustration and game art scene, many artist look after him wit such respect and i personally feel honored to have been able to know about him. i found out about this guy a long time ago, but it is only recently when i gained interest and enthusiasm towards his work.

The very reason i’m writing this short essay is for me to be able to talk about him, his skills, techniques and discipline through observing his art, and hopefully express these gained knowledge through words and illustration samples, with all that being said i am not gonna babble too much non-sense and go straightforward to the point of this post!

the prominent element that comes to mind when looking at his art is the intricate line work and play of color in form of vibrant/pastel hues; which i think contrasts well and helps his work stand out! let’s go and break it down.

1. take note of the detail in his contour lines, the variety of shapes complemented by the simplicity of the elements within the form. 2. playful, vibrant and light choices in color enhances the mood and eases the viewer into the scene. 3. watch out for the subtle gradients of color that brings shapes into life further. (the crossing of values between the blue and orange gradient is evident in here)

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A few more samples, but this time, forms have more details in them, unlike the first image!

Sample 2: increase of details at the grass, floating city, clouds and of course, the person with pink robe. still his lines only represent forms and more contouring lines, no details and hatching. shading is substituted by subtle color and value changes.

Sample 3: Fantastic piece, the focus is stolen right away by the bright yellow towering structure on the right, a huge contrast showing minimal detail on big a big shape s vs small clumped details on smaller objects.

Sample 4: another piece showing his composition skills at work. he also applies the same discipline sown in Sample 3 in here.

 

Sample 5: now this is just pleasant to look at.

the first few samples of his work show a genius-at-work. his subtle techniques to guide the eye into the piece is a vital recipe to aquire if one wishes to siphon such power!

Now, we move on to the second half of this essay, which talks more about his heavier line-work, hatching and the possible thoughts behind them. (or at least my take on it)

Artwork by Moebius ; 0. all surounding lines converge onto the focal point; the character in the middle. 1.  line work defining the shape and detail within the secondary shape. 2-3. another instance of lines that define an object’s shape, notice how they wrap around to create an illusion of volume. 4. tertiary details have little to no inner details, so as to give eyes a break from noise.

observe the contrast in detail of the Gorilla and man vs. the vegetation background.

1. look at all the weathering details put into the subject, it makes the whole thing look alive and natural. 2. division of line weight helps the eye focus on what is more important and greatly divides spaces. 3. Greens which are the foreground elements have more defined volume, lines are wrapping around from each sides, thicker line weight, blues on the other hand are hatched diagonally, simplifying them and putting in an illusion of shade. (darkening)

here are a few more samples demonstrating the techniques mentioned above.

look at the form of the lizard and how the lines wrap around, this time, shading/hatching is played out which helps bring out overlapping shapes in the piece.

observe how the shadows were executed; through a singular direction, it drives harmony forward and keeps the eye at ease, saved to be distracted by much more important elements within the piece.

 

A different instance wherein Moebius didn’t use a single shade on the robot but on the ground.  the subject is built using contours of objects and the weathering technique mentioned above; using small dots and lines. also,  colors defined the value!

I could point out my observations all day and still find new things, but for now i must try to apply what i’ve learnt from this short entry. Moebius’ work has such a wide variety and talking about all of them would be tiring. (i don’t have all day) but i am glad i got the chance to point out the once i think are the most influential in his works. you can find more about him through a simple google search, hopefully this sparks your interest on him and his latter spiritual successors.

I hope you guys enjoyed and learned a bit, i am always glad to take requests to dissect and study other artists, so leave a comment if there is anything/anyone that comes in mind. Cheers!

ARTIST FINDS: CHRIS LEGASPI

General / 27 October 2016

Hey guys, i’m back again with another Artist Finds blog. Here today to talk about this awesome artist that is Chris Legaspi.

Like the one in the past, i won’t be going over so many details to try and create a very long post. soooo let’s go over this one!

Chris has been a huge inspiration of my Art for the longest time of my “serious” art journey and i will NOT feel any shame to admit that i have tried to copy and adapt his ways when tackling an art piece, though i can’t recall exactly where i found him.. it was probably from one of his videos on Youtube channel titled Draw with Chris.
(he’s active, check him out!! watch his videos!!)

I think it was this one i saw.

so yeah. that alone you can take away with a lot of new learning. but what i love the most about this guy is his facebook and instagram posts!imho these kind of things are sooo overlooked! just look at this one.

All images are of Chris Legaspi

from shapes, major blocks and into the finer details. may be extremely useful for people having trouble with painting everything from scratch, or from reference.

This image teaches a lot more than most 1 hour How To Draw videos can.
the only thing we have to do is take in the captions and study these things with our heads, and really think about it. the next and the last step being, to copy and observe!

You can find more of his processes on his instagram account right here.

Lastly, i am gay for those line drawings, ink or pencils. it’s all insanely well put and translated and the idea that just by deeply understanding the basics can make even the most basic thing interesting!

just look at those.

same fundamentals applied on these two sketches. outline the major shape and form, separate shadow and light and finished with additional rendering.

i love the harmonic lines in his sketches. it’s feels soothing to the eyes.

sorry. i just grabbed it all from Google. but definitely do your own scrambling through.

Check out his amazing website! @ freshdesigner

 

 

OH, and have i mentioned his figure drawing mats?

Lovely figure paintings, probably watercolor and colored pencil. notice how he first laid down gesture, structure and finished with major blocks of values. also observe the minimal highlights used. subtlety seems to be a major key element.

observe the prominence of big strokes and again, the dominance of halftones, selective highlights (lightest) and shadows (darkest) makes the painting easy and smooth to look at. at least how i see it.

Alright i think that’s enough for now! Thanks for reading up to this point. Hope you got inspired or somethingiahsd!

 

Of course, Chris (if ever you get to read this), Thank you!! keep up the awesome work around the Art community! you’re a huge blessing to those like me. keep being badass. (i know you will)

 

 

What do you think? feedback and comments appreciated. and also do these series of post make sense to you? maybe i gotta justify something. i dunno. let’s see!

Artist Finds: Edmund Blair Leighton

General / 02 October 2016

Disclaimer: i did no deep research about the subjects, as far as i am concerned, if that includes a lot of reference and terminologies. Highly possible that i’m talking out of my ass in here, all i have to be confident is my artistic knowledge and Google hunting skills. so beware taking in facts! these are my personal opinions.

Hey guys! back again with a new blog post, in this series, i’d like to share some of the catching modern and classical artist/paintings i can, and will find!

I’m just gonna go straight into it with this one, i came to see one of Edmund Blair Leighton‘s paintings first when i started downloading some mods for the game “Crusader Kings II” (which is a very fun game to play, if you’re a Medieval enthusiast!)

Quick profile:

Edmund Blair Leighton (21 September 1852 – 1 September 1922) was an English painter of historical genre scenes, specializing inRegency and medieval subjects.


Appeal of The Work of Edmund Blair Leighton.

The work of E Blair Leighton seems to hold a special place in many people’s hearts. Even when unfamiliar with the artist, people are drawn to his depictions of bygone eras which draw the viewer into another time and place. Though Leighton may be best known for his medieval compositions, he also painted a large number of nineteenth century costume pieces which share similar subject of male female interaction and romantic gesture. When one looks at Leighton’s body of work as a whole, it is clear that he captures a certain quality that reaches the core of human emotion. Despite differences in time, the subject of love and romance are the same and universal.
(Directly fetched from http://www.artrenewal.org/pages/artist.php?artistid=844)

 

Here’s a couple of what i saw in-game, and i want you to read and look as i mention some points that i saw as i was looking at them:

Both are very beautiful pictures that tries to depict scenes and feelings,

Fig 1.
Fig 1. Full image

Fig 1. shows a knight riding his horse, silhouetted and overpowered by the bright jousting field behind him, if you look closer at the back, the painting suggests a possible victorious opponent at the back, seemingly being commended by a crowned figure; Our knight’s head is completely shadowed, body and head curved inward shows a very familiar gesture of defeat and dissatisfaction. I like the straightforward approach and storytelling involved within the piece, much more the method in which Edmund chose to use, the light and shadow contrast.


Fig 2.
Fig 2 – Full image

Fig 2. on the other hand seems to evoke the other spectrum of emotions as the colors seem to project, but if you look closer, it doesn’t seem much different from Vanquished, in regards to the dominant feeling it wishes for us to be felt. in the midground, we have a young couple who seems to have just finished a ceremonial wedding, the background shows more curious figures -almost everyone but the man has a disrupted expression towards the immediate looking soldier below, as if calling the man to action. what i find really fascinating about this piece is the fact that it dares to show rich and bright colors, a brightly dominated composition and the cheerful vibe it tries to fade in, and out after the realization of the real subject behind. 

 

As i was writing this, and looking into more of his works, i found out he was the creator of the famous painting “The Accolade”, you might have seen it somewhere around being used on a number of contemporary works as a major reference/inspiration.

The Accolade – Full image

 

A great website i’ve found along the way is this.
– http://www.the-athenaeum.org/art/list.php?m=a&s=tu&aid=1384

Most of his Edmund’s work is listed there together with some basic information!

to sum it all up, as stated on the Quick Profile section, i love his portrayal of Historical regency and medieval life/events, it feels so rich of life. and i believe it’s due to his masterful use of storytelling through various mediums such as Colors, light and shadow contrast and his figurative use of human expressions.

That’s it for now, i hope you guys learned quite a bit out of reading this mess!

tell me your thoughts on this, what do you think of his works? Do you know similar artists that tackle similar or different subjects in the same way? write something below.

 

Thank you!
Steen

 

I.L 1: Art talk with Julia Lundgren

General / 04 September 2016

Introduction

Welcome to Implied Line‘s first of (hopefully) many blog series, in which we interview and learn from some very cool and inspiring Artists!

The very first on the list, Julia Lundgren, a freelance Illustrator and Digital Artist from Sweden.

Julia has been one of the many artists who inspired me to push myself further at some of the more recent point in my art life, Her work wasn’t like of those you’d see on the front page of many popular Art sites, it wasn’t exactly in line with what’s trendy too! (robots, warrior girls, mechs, medieval barbaric warriors ect.) nevertheless, the images and illustrations that she depicts felt true and unique to me. and it is one of the main reasons why i thought she’s a good fit for the series!

 

The interview

At this stage i explained to her how i ended up finding her IG, how i knew of her art, and the reason why i DMed her, after she agreed to an interview, i apologized because it was so sudden, then proceeded to ask my question haha  (we’re lucky she’s cool enough about it!)

the Q&A’s are not in ad verbatim, minor changes, summarized and cut off at some parts for easier, better understanding.

What inspired you to start and pursue Art?

I decided that I was going to be an artist by the age of 5, so I don’t really remember what originally planted the idea. Two of my relatives were artists and painted mainly horses (my favourite animal), so they definitely inspired me. Later, I got motivated from the feedback I got from classmates and teachers in school.

I see the huge love for the horses! – After having the support you got from your teachers and colleagues, had there been a time of struggle to continue on pursuing Art? if so, what did you do and how did you manage to get out of that one or many muddy situations?

two samples of her Horse inspired illustrations.

Yeah, horses has also been a big motivation! i’ve been riding all my life and my wish to afford having a horse of my own one day was also one of the reasons i wanted to make my hobby into a business.

There have been many times where i’ve doubted and struggled to continue, especially for a time where i was battling depression. But again, the horses, plus an incredibly supporting boyfriend made me come back to it.

Another time when i felt like working with illustrations and ect. was impossible, i studied at an art school for a year. I learned so much and got to try so many new things that when i was done there, i felt more motivated than ever.

Julia pursued Art School after finishing high-school (where she studied IT-media) for a whole year, and Informative Illustration for half a year, she also shared about her upcoming class where in she’ll study Visual Communication.

You’ve been to art school for a year, how was it? And what do you think have you learned the most while in it that you couldn’t have learned outside?

Before art school, i had never really drawn people, so life drawing/croquis did wonders! Even though digital art is my main thing, drawing only traditionally during my year, was very helpful when it came to learning new techniques!

I think a fair amount of challenges is needed for one to improve. I get motivated by a bit of pressure, having deadlines and tricky assignments where i put my abilities to test. I believe schools kind of provide those things so studies have helped me a lot!

Could you emphasize on the “techniques” part? and with all the new things you’ve learned throughout, where do you think does your work fit in as? How does Art matter to you?

Yeah, drawing digitally i tend to use the same or similar tools, so i learned a lot from working with different kinds of paint and other materials. I’m pursuing a career in illustration and graphic design. Making art matters a lot to me, as it’s a way to express feelings, thoughts and also to communicate with the viewer. Plus it’s an amazing thing to be able to inspire other people!

Tell us how you usually start your day? and how do you keep yourself motivated and driven towards finishing your works?

Hmm, hard to say! Usually i spend 2 or 3 days on each painting. I’d say my regular process is; I wake up with an idea and sketch it in the morning, then do the most work on it, in the late evening/night (that’s the time of the day where i’ve found i’m most creative)

then add the final details and finish it the morning after.. in between that, i do other things like study, go horse-riding, take walks in nature, work on other projects, play video games and ect.

If i work nonstop on the painting, i often grow irritated or lose interest in it, so for me, pauses where i gather inspiration is what drives me to finish.

Julia adds something for the readers to take away:

Something i’d like to add for others wanting to grow as artists. Don’t rely too much on reference images, many start by tracing but don’t improve later because they don’t dare to draw without it. Life drawing, making quick sketches of live animals is incredibly helpful, and will allow you to work more freely when drawing on freehand.

Ultra Last Question: Do you think drawing everyday helps? do you think it is that important?

Yeah! Oh hard to say, i definitely believe it helps but i wouldn’t know because i can’t do it! I’ve tried 30 days challenges ect. I intended to draw everyday this year but that lasted in like 5 days… I believe it depends a lot, person to person, some need a scheme that tight, but for me it kind of blocks me, i run out of ideas if i try too hard every day.


As we reach the end of the conversation, she followed up something about being patient and diligent if one wants to git gud!:

Julia: Getting good at art takes time, my God i’ve been drawing all my life and it’s still extreeemly far from being as good as my idols! yet people who got into drawing just last year or last month even seem to wish for magical tools to instantly be a finished, good artists… honestly i believe there’s no such thing as a finished, great artist, because even the masters consider themselves works in progress and so they push themselves to improve day by day, so yeah.

The Swedish girl was very nice to talk too and it felt really light asking her the questions as she was very open and constructive in answering; We both enjoyed the short convo, i learned a great deal.. and Heck, after that, i felt really accomplished and inspired! it indeed feels fulfilling to know that you are not alone in what you feel towards Art, your struggles and the hardships that you may be stuck at the moment. Keep pushing the bars and limits! no matter how big or small the steps are, keep at it!

and like i always say, try different things, actually, try everything if you can! see what works and what doesn’t. nothing to lose right?

Comments? thoughts? leave a reply! it is very much appreciated!

Follow Julia on her top Social media platforms @Lambidy
Artstation | Facebook | Instagram | DeviantArt | Society6

Official Website:
http://www.julialundgren.se

 

Art talks! a new thing.

General / 30 August 2016

I’m sure, most of us if not all, loves to talk about life as learning individuals in the field of art, just as much as we like to hear and relate to those who share the same woes in the field!
There’s something to those moments when people get to empower, inspire and motivate each other, through them sharing their fair share of hardships, failures, little misadventures but more importantly, the moments where they get to get out of the “Valley of the suck” and really start killing it with their new found wisdoms which automatically comes with new routines, change in lifestyle ect..

I have listened to a bunch of online art talks, interviews, podcasts and have read quality blog posts of artists and writers, all of which are trying to send a positive message out there to those who may ever need it. -But more than these, i’ve also had opportunities to give small talks to starting art students back at my college;  Long and sleepless “sleep-overs” with colleagues that usually ended up to deep, personal art conversations. -Those have been a huge part of my artistic life and has impacted me in such a way that i want to pass the opportunity of growth, to anyone who’d take the time to read and hear me and a couple of others out.

So yes! just a small heads up for the things to come, i cannot promise a consistent flow through these series of upcoming posts, though  i always try to learn about and get a talk out of every amazing artist that i get to meet (if shyness wouldn’t overcome) so this should be fun, and we’ll get to meet some cool artists!!

 

 

Watch out for the kickstarter post, it’s coming.. soon!

Art Mediums

General / 07 February 2016

I don’t get why some people limit themselves with the kind of medium they could use, worse, they’re so convinced that one is certain to be superior than the other and if not, they think they are too weak to handle another….

 

 

While i understand that the mediums, having their own technical difficulty levels and prices are major realistic factors (i wouldn’t deny that), we musn’t let ourselves be scared or intimidated to learn them, unless you dont have the “moolah” to buy them. ofcourse, then save up. hah

So now, let’s first talk about difficulty and how we can reshape our mindsets from thinking that “oh lord this medium is impossible to learn” to “i can learn this medium, i just have to spend the time to create, study and learn” this is assuming you own or have access to such medium.

Remember when you first held that pencil as a kid? some may not, but luckily, i did! and it was fun! I didn’t think about my brother or mother judging my work being shit, because i didn’t know nor cared about what anyone thought of what i did, i just drew and drew, with a horrendous smile on my face and a crooked teeth peeking out. i cannot recall exactly how it went from there, but the success story is, i learned how to tame this weird looking stick that has a red chewable rubber on top of it; I learned a medium.

What i’m trying to get across is, we should learn like a child, not prioritizing what others would think and say about your craft, (heck, you don’t even need to show/prove to anyone that you are learning something) but rather, to deliver what is in our hearts and minds, it may be a reckless approach but such is the most natural and effective way to learn, it is fundamental. so fail if you will, but fail intelligently, recognize your mistakes after a few tries, do your research and seek help from a master of that craft. now, try again. voilà! you are getting progress!

Now, hypothetically speaking, we have quite a number of mediums we are comfortable with and so, the next issue arises, for which should i use which?

I personally believe and stand to the idea that all these materials are the same, acting as translators for the artist’s mind, pulling the barred ideas out into the world, eventually giving life to them.

so for me, the two questions worth considering when choosing a medium are.. “For what purpose should i use this medium?” and “Would this be an efficient tool to effectively execute the purpose?”

 

 

I will leave that to you guys; Art is too free and big for a speck like me to cover! we can be as free as these contemporary artists that continuously tries to innovate the way we view and execute art or as restricted and bounded like working artist professionals that justifyingly pick their mediums depending on the specific purpose and time that their work allows.
I hope you enjoyed and learned something from reading this. keep working on your craft.

Stay safe.