Day 5: In Practice

I hadn’t really intended to blog today. Partly because it’s Sunday and I don’t want to burn out. But mostly because, so far, Blaugust has actually been really really effective. Way too effective, to be honest.

I’d set up a rough plan for the month, including a topic for most days, a few posts half-written here and there, and I’d even started doing ‘homework’ for future posts. But the point is to document a process. And the process is (happily!) taking me to places I couldn’t have anticipated.

I could press on into further topics and I intend to. But I also need to pause and put a few things into practice. So I’m giving myself a day’s breather, and letting you know the things I’m going to do as homework over the next few days.

  1. Do a few roughs for illustrations whose sole purpose is to convey emotions, ideas, moods etc. Do not consider their commercial/portfolio relevance.
  2. Take a few of my favourite one-off illustrations and develop roughs that belong in the same narrative but show different aspects of the story. These should be varied enough that they wouldn’t feel repetitive when put all together.

Happy weekend 🙂


the benefits of wintertime.

It feels like it’s time again, to make a list of inspiring illustrators/artists. A 2017 list is here, and a 2015 one here. Most of those still apply and many of the following I already liked. But anyway, here’s who has been particularly inspiring me lately:

Victoria Semykina : vivid and striking collage-y fun. Her work challenges me to stretch myself further and care about things and figure out what things I care about.

James Gurney : masterful imaginative realism, you know him from Dinotopia. It’s not like I’ve ever not been inspired by him. But it’s been more of a focussed inspiration lately! And his blog and YouTube are filled with useful information.

Pam Smy : bold thoughtful greyscale. I bought her book off the basis of like one illustration I loved it so much. Her line vs texture vs shading is fascinating and all her characters have such emotion to them.

Andrea Serio : !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That’s it guys. His art just blows me away. 

Charlotte Ager : weird bright mixed media. Her work is more abstract and sketchy-messy than I usually like but some of it (landscapes/architecture particularly) just astounds me in its perfection. A reminder that all the styles of art can be good.

Some others I feel like I’m maybe on the cusp of getting really into: Laura Carlin, William Grill, and Dominique Corbasson.