RESEARCH TASK 5.0 VISUAL LANGUAGE

I had a look at the visual language of the following illustrators: Alice Wellinger; Lucinda Rogers; Lisk Feng; Peter Kuper; Holly Wales. I first made notes about all of them and then chose one to focus on for the short statement at the end of this task:

1. ALICE WELLINGER:

I had a look at the artists’:

Website: http://www.alice-wellinger.com/About

Pinterest: https://pin.it/6EEmJO8

Instagram: https://instagram.com/alice.wellinger?igshid=1bv9th9d6o8fz

I found collections of illustrations/ artwork which were created to question certain topics/ issues in life.

Favourite illustrations from her website:

‘Seepferdchen

http://www.alice-wellinger.com/More-Landscapes

‘Brainstorming’

http://www.alice-wellinger.com/How-to-increase-creativity

Series: ‘News Reloaded’

http://www.alice-wellinger.com/Personal-work-Series-News-reloaded

A list of keywords/ phrases which I think reflects the visual language of her commissioned work:

– surreal

– dreamy

– thought provoking

– questioning

– symbolic

– ironic

– texture

– use of layers

– memories

– life issues

– political/ dealing with issues

Connections between sketchbooks & creative identity/ illustrative style:

When looking at her sketchbook work on her Instagram page (https://www.instagram.com/p/B3zuIEQh5Ch/?igshid=1xk4173k39n3p ), I see a direct link between her visual language displayed in her other work. Personally, I think she uses her sketchbook in a similar way that Frida Kahlo used hers to capture ideas to develop later.

Media used: acrylic paint on wood/ board/ paper/ canvas; coloured pencils on black paper; collage on newspaper; collage using photographs

2. LUCINDA ROGERS:

I had a look at the artists’:

Website: http://www.lucindarogers.co.uk/new-york/ground-zero.php

Pinterest: https://pin.it/Y2bKv8y

Instagram: https://instagram.com/lucindarogers1?igshid=1gwc9kz5m08cf

I found a lot of reportage illustrations portraying life in various cities, including: buildings; people; food; movement and events.

Favourite illustrations from her website:

‘Souk Semmarine’

http://www.lucindarogers.co.uk/marrakech/souk-semmarine.php

‘Bab Doukala Winter Market’

http://www.lucindarogers.co.uk/marrakech/bab-doukala-winter-market.php

A list of keywords/ phrases which I think reflects the visual language of her commissioned work:

– reportage

– reflecting narrative

– representational

– observational drawing

– realistic representations

– rapid lines

– blind contour drawings

– unfinished & overlapping lines representing movement

– occasional use of ‘smudgy’ effect

Connections between sketchbooks & creative identity/ illustrative style:

I think her commissioned work is done in very similar style to that of her reportage work in her sketchbooks.

Media used: ink; crayon; watercolour; paper

3. LISK FENG:

I had a look at the artists’:

Website: http://liskfeng.com/

Pinterest: https://pin.it/H0QHu4R

Instagram: https://instagram.com/liskfeng?igshid=z2koy86h5dka

I enjoyed looking through her work on her website. She has a very unique style and has been so successful with editorial & advertising work. It is very impressive.

Favourite illustrations from her website:

‘Readers Campus’

http://liskfeng.com/readers-campus

‘Yue Hui Magazine’

http://liskfeng.com/yue-hui-magazine

‘Shanghai Xintiamdi’

http://liskfeng.com/shanghai-xintiandi

‘Stick With Me Chocolate’

http://liskfeng.com/stick-with-me-chocolate

‘Cosmic Seed’

http://liskfeng.com/cosmic-seed

A list of keywords/ phrases which I think reflects the visual language of her commissioned work:

– vintage feeling

– surreal

– friendly

– interesting colour combinations

– use of different angles

– reflecting narrative

– representational

– thought provoking

– use of layers

– use of textures

– detail

– experiment with patterns/ angles/ colour combinations

Media used: digital illustrations

4. PETER KUPER:

I had a look at the artists’:

Website: https://www.peterkuper.com/

Pinterest: https://pin.it/7uC0ckj

Instagram: https://instagram.com/kuperart?igshid=9q3a77e3il7f

I found his work to be very aggressive & symbolic, conveying a political message to get a reaction.

Favourite illustrations from his website:

‘Music’ Nr. 2 & 9

https://www.peterkuper.com/military

‘Environment’ Nr. 4 & 7

https://www.peterkuper.com/request-economy

‘Technology’ Nr. 14 & 19

https://www.peterkuper.com/sports

A list of keywords/ phrases which I think reflects the visual language of his commissioned work:

political

reflecting narrative

– Surreal

– use of colours: black; red; blue; yellow; orange

– comics

– graphic

– shocking

– aggressive

– dark

– symbolic

– strong lines

Connections between sketchbooks & creative identity/ illustrative style:

Personally, I find his sketchbook work on his website to be less aggressive and using warmer colours. A combination of observational/ reportage & surreal drawings.

https://www.peterkuper.com/sketchbook

Media used: mixed media; scratch-board; stencils; spraypaint; watercolour; coloured pencils; collage

5. HOLLY WALES:

I had a look at the artists’:

Website: (‘This domain name has expired’)?

Pinterest: https://pin.it/4Nx70JG

Instagram: https://instagram.com/hollibobs?igshid=14znlxnyp3u8k

I love the way she uses felt tip markers to create such fun, bright & colourful illustrations. Impressive use of the medium to create effective illustrations. Fresh.

Favourite illustrations from her Instagram page:

‘Motel’

https://www.instagram.com/p/BqZ2q2DFfTI/?igshid=4pkpagoy9t1l

‘Illustrated Map’

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bp4jsqilqc-/?igshid=1ardfnpcq5p2f

‘Just the tonic’

https://www.instagram.com/p/B8_-5h0h5lN/?igshid=191z6zpw5zpcm

A list of keywords/ phrases which I think reflects the visual language of her commissioned work:

– colourful

– fun

– Representational

– decorative

– reflecting narrative

– fresh

– light

energetic

Connections between sketchbooks & creative identity/ illustrative style:

By looking at her Instagram account, I can see a direct link between her sketchbook work and visual language displayed in editorial work. The use of bright colours & fun combinations creates a fresh effect.

Media used: felt tip pens & markers

SHORT STATEMENT: ALICE WELLINGER

I would describe the illustrative style of artist Alice Wellinger, as surreal and symbolic. It seems like her work is quite personal at times, inspired by memories, thoughts & ideas which creates a very dreamy effect.

She uses symbolic images to create thought-provoking art which challenges people to think and ask/ answer questions about issues in life/ political situations. She seems to use her sketchbooks to capture & develop ideas in a similar way as the artist, Frida Kahlo. I think her unique creative identity is displayed in both her sketchbooks & artwork.

She uses a combination of media: acrylic paint on wood; board; canvas or paper; as well as coloured pencils on black paper; and collage on newspaper, using layers to create texture. It is very effective.

I love surreal art and enjoyed looking at all her work. I admire the way she uses her art to challenge people. I think it will inspire me to experiment more with surreal art.

REFLECTION:

It was interesting exploring these 5 diverse artists with completely different illustrative styles. It was fun to see how they used their media of choice to create & develop their own very distinctive illustrative styles.

Out of the 5 artists, I think I connected the most with the work of Holly Wales & Lisk Feng. I prefer their illustrative styles and the way their illustrations make me feel when I’m looking at them. Their illustrations are more ‘happy’ & I think in general it would resonate with a wider group of people.

NAME: Juanita du Toit

STUDENT NUMBER: 522438

COURSE: Illustration 1: Illustration Sketchbooks

The Open College of the Arts (University for the Creative Arts)

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