This week was all about making progress on my series of illustrated masks that I started last month. I also dedicated a few days to the inspiration part of my journey and chose a select few artists/illustrators that mainly drew figures.

4 week review

So after completing 4 weeks I did a review of all that I have learned and what was still left to do. I have many questions about what type of illustration I want to do and what sources of income I want to aim for but I think I need to grasp some skill and style fundamentals first. It can be hard to push these questions and worries aside so I allowed myself time to list out my thoughts so I can address them. Mostly I think I am worried about the time it will take and if there is an income at the end of this process. For the moment I will trust the journey and take it one step at a time. I feel like there is more work to do in terms of skilling up and getting inspiration but may adapt my timetable to look into the practicalities of being an illustrator in the real world and more research into the different markets.

For a reminder on where it all began read my introduction post.

Figure drawing

A series of illustrated masks

A series of 6 masks from different cultures created using Posca Pens and black fine liner pens
A series of 6 masks from different cultures created using Posca Pens and black fine liner pens.
Top row: Kane tiki god, Mayan Jaguar mask and a Kasai African tribal mask
Bottom row: Sri Lankan Mayura Raaksha (peacock devil) mask, Baining fire mask from Papa New Guinea and a Native Indian Tlingit mosquito mask

I was hoping to create these digitally using my IPad Pro and Procreate but began to experiment using Posca Pens. I decided to carry on using the pens as an exercise in exploration and general practice. It was an achievement to see them all complete, albeit messy and wonky but finished none-the-less. The photo doesn't show the true vibrancy of the Aqua green and Violet, I was pretty chuffed with how they came out and how I overcame some mistakes and my strive for perfection.

Inspiration: 4 designers and their style of illustration

I looked into a few illustrators this week: Diana Stoyanova an independent Illustrator from Sofia, Bulgaria, Arnelle Woker an illustrator and designer based in London UK, Agnieszka Brożyna who goes under the alias Tatooine Girl and Stine, a digital illustrator and artist from Copenhagen Denmark.

Loved re-creating the lounging lady from Diane and a couple of portraits from Arnelle Woker
Loved re-creating the lounging lady from Diane and a couple of portraits from Arnelle Woker

All very talented and had their own unique style on drawing people and faces. I enjoyed the simplicity of lines from Tatooine and how the subtle curves and shapes interpret the figure perfectly. From Diane I learned that you don't need to restrict yourself to one style of illustration and was particularly fond of her exaggerated large curvy limbs and body shapes. Arnelle had some great styles too, I enjoyed looking at her portraits that she later put into a surface pattern. I like how the hair and neck end in a curved shape and how it solves the floating head issue that can sometimes occur. The use of patterns and supporting objects are also key in both pieces. They make the illustration come alive and add interest. I chose to follow Stine as she draws beautiful fat babes which more people need to do. I advocate inclusivity in all things, what is more powerful than art and illustration?!

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