Neil Dransfield is one of my top 5 favourite artists. I absolutely love his style and how much detail he manages to get into his tattoos. His sketches are very impressive as they are almost minimal in texture and substence however the detail achieved is incredible. In the top image, there is a red circle with a very statuesque figure. I am taking inspiration from this image for the way I draw my figures, as I also wish to achieve this statuesque quality. The bottom image is just a very impressive image of a ship however as I plan to incorporate one into my final piece, it is good to gather as many good references as possible. What I think really works about the ship image is A) the composition, and B) the sails. The sails have a lot of movement and flow, whereas mostly in tattoos of ships they appear rather rigid.
Lizzy Stewart is an artist I have come across who has a very unique and fascinating style. It incorporates mostly heavy line work and rather disproportionate and unique looking animals. This is not a style I believe I could even come close to emulating however, it is a style I can appreciate. I love the use of subtle and limited colour palette, especially in the turquoise image of the village by the sea. I think something like this would work well for bar shorts, I will look into using heavy line work in my bar shorts ideas.
David Shrigley is a fantastic artist I was introduced to last year. I absolutely love the carefree style and the silly jokes he makes. He is a perfect example for the sort of style I would like to go for. It is seemingly rough, however it gets the idea across perfectly and still manages to execute a sense of humour, emotion and presence within simple images.
Gemma Correll is an illustrator my friend showed me. I really like her style and I find that the tone of humour she is achieving is the same humour I was aiming for in my work. I like her style however I feel it is a little more well developed than my own for this part of the brief. I have felt prompted to try a more loose style and work without inhibitions of being precious about my work, so I have been very loose and raw in my illustrations. I would have liked to try some colour alongside my work however, I feel that it works just as well if not better in black and white.
Through this brief i have decided to look into greek sculpture. For most of my information and references I have been turning to books from the library however here showcases a few images which have influenced the style of my work for this brief. Notice the delicate and soft features in most of them, and the curly hair and pupil-less eyes. I love the atmosphere this gives the piece of art, whether it be sculpture or drawing. Without pupils the eye seems to stare indefinitely into nothingness, this expression can either be perceived as serene, or scarily blank. I like to think it will help to accentuate the idea of this being an image of a God and not a human, as the lack of pupils also detaches otherwise very lifelike and believable pieces of art into figures which look less human.
Wine Brief - Ships
As I have chosen to incorporate the nautical theme into my work I need to look at some different designs for ships as I want to illustrate the aspect of importing that C&O Wines does into the piece. This would not be entirely subtle if it was just a ship, but as it will be only a small part of the main image, it will be subtle.
Because I intend to pursue a career in tattooing when I graduate I have been told to experiment with incorporating these ideas and styles into my university work. Here is some existing generic tattoo flash around the idea of the nautical theme. I think the bold style helps to accentuate what’s going on in the image and makes it’s theme both known and easily recognisable by working in this way. However I have chosen to work with a slightly different style, as shown here is ‘traditional’ style, my work will use the ‘neo-traditional’ style or new traditional. This just means it’s basically going to be more detailed and the composition will be more complicated.
For this wine brief the client requested we incorporate the theme of water. For this I have decided to do a portrait of Dionysus with a shit and some waves, to incorporate both my ideas and the client’s ideas of what this outcome should be like. I had difficulty drawing waves before I watched this video, I found it really helpful.
Here are some old artworks depicting Dionysus. The two with the circles are great as the give the authentic ancient greek feeling to the image. I do agree more with the way Dionysus is depicted in these images than images i have previously analysed. The pattern round the edge and the stance of the people shown is perhaps what helps to achieve this feeling. However the style is not one I can see myself successfully emulating.
Here are a couple of more modern approaches to the illustration of Dionysus. The top image is a simple linework logo style depiction of just the face, this could be a useful reference to me as i enjoy simple linework aswell as fully constructed colour images. I think something black and white could work just as well as something including colour. When we look at the second image it is a much more personalised character than anything we have previously looked at. The pose and facial expression of this image make it more like a character than a depiction of a god. I love the art style and the composition of the second image however I can’t say I like the character. Again it is a depiction of personality I do not believe fits the bill for what I have researched into Dionysus. Colour scheme is something I can adopt from this image however, I think the colours are what makes this an aesthetically inviting image.