Tuesday, 22 January 2008

Timothy Horn

I have just stumbled on some excellent vehicle paintings from Timothy Horn (http://www.horndesign.com/) posted in a post William Wray's Blog.


I find this kind of work inspiring especially as I have to draw a vehicle in my comic for my portfolio, in which my main character drives in the comic. So seeing how vehicles get placed into urban setting, like this image above, really helps me understand how to integrate my vehicle, when it comes to lighting and shading.

I also find this picture fascinating because of Horn's ability to capture light on the metallic surface of this car.

Thursday, 10 January 2008

Felix Lorioux

Felix Lorioux was a popular French illustrator during the early 20th Century. His work has been uploaded on the ASIFA- Hollywood Animation Archive http://www.animationarchive.org/ but some of my favourite pieces of work from him can be found on this post http://www.animationarchive.org/2007/12/illustration-felix-loriouxs-fables-de.html

What I foud about his work that I like about it is the simplicity of the shapes used for the composition. The above image mainly used curves and circles for its composition, but is also to add in a lot of detail as well around the basic shapes, for example the wishing line that hangs between the chimney and a pole is subtle enough detail to make the pumpkin house real homely.

The simple composition skills also applies to the design of the characters. That is why I found this illustration of a fox and a stork such an appealing picture to look at.

Overall, I find his work a real inspiration for my own illustrations, as they maybe simply composed on the page, but the use of subtle detail in them makes them appealing.