ADOTW: Old Xian

So, tell us why Shaih, you had to keep us waiting so long for a new Artist/designer of the week?

Well, you tell me. There’s an array of many designers/artists that I’ve been itching to discuss or mention over the holiday, and I pretty much had to play ‘eenie-meenieo’ with this one. Old Xian has been such an amazing influence, she has opened up my whole entire experience with narratives and comics over the past year and a half.

From her funny short comic gags, to the other aspects, I’m very fond of her comic ’19 Days’.

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Besides the use of humour and story telling, another thing that strikes me is how she’s able to build relationships between the characters with in the story.

I also enjoy her use of colour; as I repeat quite a lot. It helps to set a mood for the reader.

Even the was she has used it or the lighting, it’s very fine and not too dominant among the other aspects.

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Artist/Designer Highlight: Kohske

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Final highlight for today– A freelance illustrator and mangaka, she’s mostly known for being the author and artist behind the anime/animated series GANGSTA. I’ve been itching to talk about Kohske’s work for such a long time now. She draws and writes such edgy material; it’s getting me all hyped.

To the left, you’ll find a representation of her, which was drawn by Kohske. While I describe her works to be edgy, she’s able to convey a side of humour as well to her comics and  I find that very influentual towards my own writing and drawing style.

The use of humour with in such a serious series, it’s quite contradicting.

Here’s an example of one of the panels right from the manga GANGSTA:trA0bffDz9Y

Artist/Designer Highlight: Shauna Lynn Panczyszyn

I wish I had discovered her sooner because her work would’ve been a nice thing to talk about in terms of how words can become their meaning, or the meaning to be shown through their style and the way form is depicted. Her work is very colourful, bold and I love how appealing her designs are. You may have made the automatic assumption, like I’ve done, where I thought that these were all hand drawn on a chalkboard, but they’re not. She creates all of these designs digitally by using custom brushes.

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I don’t know where to start with the typography. What attracted me most is how well the darker tones of colour work with the lighter ones. They add this ‘oomph’ to the over all design, it makes it stand out and gives it more contrast. 3553-87465

She also starts to take advantag of the entire space given with in the document and not only centering the text to the center or to the sides, in doing that, it makes the outcome appear to be free and not cluttered or squashed.

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Artist/Designer Highlight: Alexis Anne Mackenzie

Alexis Anne Mackenzie uses collages to create surreal pieces that have this sense of herritage to them. I’ll give you a few examples of her work, and then get on to talking about them:

3572-82385 This piece (on the left) conserves a touch of unusuality to it, with how the collage has a layering of elegant female heads, then having what appears to be twigs coming out of their eyes. It’s quite bizzare.  When observing it closer, it appears to me that it could probably be formed so it looks like a very odd sea creature.

 

 

The typography is what drew more to her style, whereas the collage is another great trait she carries through in her work.  Each set of letters takes advantage of the shape, style and look of the object to worm the letter.

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Artist/Deisgner Highlight: Turine TRAN

A Vietnamese born artist, who takes her inspiration from her childhood, children and nature. I came across her work while looking for new illustrators that draw in a more fairy-tale like style and only one word struck me, when viewing her art– Elegance. There’s something about her work that strikes out at you.

Fluent in both traditional studio practice and digital media, Turine’s art often incorporates hand rendering and digital painting. She constantly explores new aspects of digital art to create rich textures, which partly set a whimsical mood to her work.

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Besides the fairy tale and nature-like style, above there are a few examples of her art work. They conjure up a lot of questions– What’s going on inside this image? are they telling a story or an event? or are they influenced by stories? For some reason, they make me feel very nostalgic. The elves, pixies and little men with beards reminds me of the sort of characters that come up often in Nursery rhymes. Not only that, but the use of tones, such as the rich browns and purples, they could almost give off this vibe of the images being pulled out of a tale. It’s those particular aspect that struck out at me originially, though, I also enjoy how these are works created digitally and not by hand. To me, it’s rare to see a piece of art work that could easily be taken from a childrens book to be then be done digitally. I think that’s what makes them so unique.

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Artist/Designer of the week: Nokkasili

I came across Nokkasili on Illustrator’s lounge. They’re one of those many amazing Tumblr artists and I must agree with everything that Illustrator Lounge had to say about their work. It’s enthralling to look at; each piece is different in its own way and they have their own seperate qualities to them that make them unique.

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One in particular that caught my eye was this one (above),  while it may appear that not much is going on in the picture, but if you observe it closer, there’s a quite a lot going on.  The use of colours building up delicately create a sense of mood around the figure. The fact that the girl (which I assume?) is wrapped up and holding an umbrella, may suggest that she’s about to leave or go somewhere? or maybe as there’s an door of blank space, perhaps she’s entering a building?. Either way, there could be many possibilities to what’s going on in the image and I particularly adored the colour usage, which I’ve already pointed out.

Nokkasili’s tumblr page.