Rich Kelly

Character design, layout, colour pallet, orientation of page, all these things are important in creating a final piece. I am discovering this more as i develop my work. Rich Kelly is an illustrator who’s work which I really like for a lot of different reasons.

[images online] Available at http://rfkelly.com/Yeasayer [Accessed November 14th 2014]

[images online] Available at http://rfkelly.com/Yeasayer [Accessed November 14th 2014]

‘Yeasayer’ is an intricate design packed full of intricate clues as to what the image is communicating. The perspective of above allows the viewer to see more. A piano that appears to be a computer, played by what appears to be a astronaut child, with corn growing out the top. A farmer with a scythe, stood large and looming, with a determined look on his face. Both characters are connected to a computer mainframe. Taking in all this information , leave the ind to wonder, mine come to a point where i wonder if its commenting on the controlled environment in which we all function and even the natural process of farming is controlled and measured by powers out with control, like  large computer.

[images online Available at http://rfkelly.com/Bonnie-Prince-Billy [Accessed 14th november 2014]

[images online Available at http://rfkelly.com/Bonnie-Prince-Billy [Accessed 14th november 2014]

The image ‘Bonnie-Prince -Billy’ I like the simplicity of it, the colours the use of lines to crete the shape of the character, and the placid look on the bears face, making me think he is saying “really your going to hunt me then decide to drink and take a nap on me!”

In an interview for ‘Sketch & Explore’ (2013) Chris Jalufka talk to Rick kelly about his use of colour

‘RK: I only recently began trying to take bolder steps when approaching color. When I typically start a project, color is the last thing on my mind. As I put my ideas down on paper and start to sketch out possible compositions, I try to place a lot of importance on value and contrast, but only when I start to render the final art do I start to think about colour.” (Jalufka 2013)

[images online] Available at http://rfkelly.com/Dr-Dog [Accessed 14th november 2014]

[images online] Available at http://rfkelly.com/Dr-Dog [Accessed 14th november 2014]

this image ‘Dr-Dog’ reminds me of a man who is very knowledgeable and  has had many experiences in life. What I notice when I look, is the expanse of tattoo’s, what each one means and relates to. It has an essence of an intimate portrait, as he is bearing his chest in what appears to be a private space, a study or a library, a private space, much like his body a private reflection of his life.

References

  • Jalufka, C (2013) ‘Sketch & Explore: Interview with Illustrator Rich Kelly’, Evil Tender Dot Com [online] Available at: http://eviltender.com/2013/08/13/sketch-explore-interview-with-illustrator-rich-kelly/ [accessed 14th November 2014]
  • Kelly, R (nd) Portfolio [online] Available at :http://rfkelly.com [accessed 14th November 2014]
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Art work that allows space to create your own stories.

Charles Avery, I first came across his work in The Gallery of modern Art in Edinburgh about 10 years ago. Since then his work has reappeared in my head. I have thought what this is, but on reflection I think it is because it captures my imagination. it allows the viewer to create their own story through Avery’s beautiful, and detailed sketches.

[image online] Available at: http://generationartscotland.org/artists/charles-avery/gallery/the-place-of-the-route-of-the-ifen/

Avery, C (2007) Untitled (Place of The Route of the If’En) Pencil, ink & gouache on paper. 162.60 x 243.50 cm[image online] Available at: http://generationartscotland.org/artists/charles-avery/gallery/the-place-of-the-route-of-the-ifen/

Creating scenes that pull the eye in, roaming around from section to section, each time you look you notice something new. Using sign and symbols of everyday objects we all recognise, and we can project our own meaning onto these objects. No one viewers story would be the same.

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Avery, C (nd) Untitled ( Heidless Macgregors Bar) [images online] Available at:https://www.nationalgalleries.org/whatson/exhibitions/the-islanders-an-introduction/highlights-6048 [Accessed 5th December 2014]

Charles Avery  is a Scottish artist from Oban. He currently lives and works in London. Since 2004 he has devoted and developed his practice to develop an imaginary island. Avery uses drawing s and sculpture to explore the aspects of the island, the main market town Onomatopoeia to the Eternal forrest.

Avery gives an insight into the ‘Heidless Macgregors Bar’

‘After an afternoon ambling through the market our tourist will no doubt frequent one of the taverns around the port that provide bush meat and beer, before tottering onto the cruiser that will convey him back to Triangleland, as the Islanders disparagingly call the outside world.’

Avery 2008

These feel to me like the working of Avery’s mind, bringing the subconscious to the conscious, a wonderful imagination, depicting his thoughts and bringing them to life in his drawings. His work leaves an intrigue an invitation to pull you back too the Island again and again.

References 

  • Generation(2007),Generation-25years of Contemporary Art in Scotland. Available at:http://generationartscotland.org/artists/charles-avery/%5BAccessed 5th December 2014]
  • National Galleries of Scotland (2008),The Islanders: An introduction|Charles Avery. Available at: https://www.nationalgalleries.org/whatson/exhibitions/the-islanders-an-introduction/highlights-6048 [Accessed 5th December 2014]

Challenging subjects in picturebooks.

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[images online] Available at: http://blaine.org/sevenimpossiblethings/?p=2220 [Accessed 14th November 2014]

Picturebooks can often be viewed as books which contain stories that are light hearted, contain a moral or a lesson for the younger generation to learn. Often they do not handle the more challenging subjects, and when they do it can provoke reactions and avoidance from some.

When should children start to learn about the more challenging aspects of life, and what about those children who are already dealing with difficult and traumatic experiences on a daily basis, I wonder what it would be like for them to pick up a picturebook that spoke to them, resonated with a part of their life.

Wolf Erlbruch a German author and illustrator created the book Duck, Death and the Tulip (2007) (German title: Ente, Tod und Tulpe).

The story consists of two characters, a Duck who comes to know Death, and unbeknown to the duck death has been following her all her life.

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[images online] Available at :http://blaine.org/jules/DDT%20internals_Page_05.jpg [Accessed 14th November 2014]

Duck and Death become friends and talk about life, death and what happens after you die. Sitting in a tree after being diving together they wonder what would happen to Duck’s lake after she dies. The book comes to a close with the death of the Duck, and Death carries her to a river, placing her gently on the water, Death takes the tulip and places it on her,”For a long time he watched her. When she was lost to sight, he was almost a little moved.” 

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[images online] Available at: http://blaine.org/jules/DDT%20internals_Page_16.jpg [Accessed 14th November 2014]

I can imagine this is a controversial topic for a children’s books, but the way the illustrations depict the gentleness and the empathy of Death towards Duck it handles it with delicacy of Death in a beautiful way.

My work as a Art Psychotherapist working with children I witness children dealing with real challenges more than some adults do throughout there whole life.

I understand this can be hard to contemplate, so when picture books that are created tackling the harder subjects it does cause controversy, but what I pose is, whose need is it to avoid the challenging and hard subjects?

We can not rescue and protect forever, and I wonder is it better to give children an understanding through the use of a medium they know and understand, that can allow for questions to be answered with those who care for them, a healthy exploration into the difficult aspects of life. 

I feel Wolf Erlbruch deals with the emotion of death in a manner which invites a conversation and give permission to talk about something which so many try to avoid, just like Duck not knowing Death had been following her all her life until she turned around.

References

  • Danielson, J, (2013),“You can start having strange thoughts in trees”, Or, Curiously Good Books from Around the World’, Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast, 13th October 2013 [online] Available at:Available at :http://blaine.org/sevenimpossiblethings/?p=2220 [Accessed 14th November 2014]
  •  Erlbruch,W (2007), Duck Death and the Tulip,New Zealand, Geko Press.

Illustrators envelopes

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Susanne Varley [image online] Available at:http://www.pinterest.com/pin/74379831319890024/ [Accessed 25th October 2014]

The image above is a simple black and white illustration drawn onto an envelope by Susanne Varley.  It cleverly combines a every day object and makes it a part of the illustration. It combines the address into the string of the kite, and the stamp becomes the kite.It feels to me the journey is being emphasised, from the hand or paw of the mole, the letter travels a journey only possible by the use of the stamp and the address displayed on the envelope, without these two core aspects the letter would not reach its destination, just as without the wind a kite could not fly. The kite string continues off the envelope further adding to the notion of the journey carrying on.

As researched the image further I came to learn that the illustration of the envelope by illustrators is an art form within its self.

Klauss Flugge the founder of Anderson Press has been receiving illustrated envelopes for over 30 years. the envelopes have now been collated and been published in a book. The Guardian details some of the envelopes in an article called ‘A Publishers Postbag.’ (The Guardian 2011)

The tradition continues with Nosy Crow publishers sharing the same experience and blogging about their illustrated envelopes. (Nosy Crow 2012)

Below is another envelope by an illustrator who has been capturing my imagination since I was a child Maurice Sendank

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Maurice Sendank [image online] Available at: http://gawker.com/5908516/wild-things-drawings-quotes-and-memories-from-maurice-sendak [Accessed 25th October 2014]

As I read about this act of illustration on envelopes I am really captured by it and wonder what other envelope art is out there. Let the research continue. From one simple image a whole world has opened up, and for me that’s the magic of illustration.

References