Saturday, 7 November 2015

Project 1: Explorers! Research: Artists who work with Landscape

Micah Shaw:

Train Journey Home (2015)

Micah graduated BA Illustration last year. Her work for her self-authored zine ‘Train Journey Home’ (2015) (published by Pylon Press) and that for a project entitled ‘Collective Nouns’ (2015) immediately sprang to mind when I was developing this brief.

A Fright of Ghosts (2015)

Micah really effectively uses scale, space and tone to give a sense of depth to her landscapes. There is an abstract, fantastical feel to her images; where elements are not realistically to scale with each other, whilst maintaining their purpose of creating depth. This can be seen in the image above where the gravestones add character and atmosphere to the image, but are huge in comparison to the house.  

A Clatter of Tanks (2015)

Similarly in her image from the same series; A Clatter of Tanks (2015) the titular vehicles tower over the trees in some cases; though it does not affect their validity as trees or the quality of the image. Most effective in this image is the use of tonal value to describe the objects in the distance, with those elements that are further away being less saturated than those in the foreground. This is a technique I will look at utilising in my own images.

Ella Bailey:

One Day on our Blue Planet: in the Savannah (2015)

The artist manages to feature a whole host of animals in this image, whilst maintaining a sense of vastness to the landscape. An interesting image to me as I had similar ideas to populate my stage 1 graveyard image with a few native animals.

Sea (2013)

Perhaps a portrait format, rather than landscape, would be interesting to explore; as the artist has done with this image. The transition from lighter, duller tones to darker, richer tones as the image progresses downwards is really appealing. This image has a much more textural quality to it also; which is interesting to compare to later work, as I’ve yet to decide how to render my artwork.

Patrick Hruby:


Cover Illustration for Tree Houses. Fairy Tale Castles in the Sky (Taschen, 2012)

Smooth and geometric is the way Hruby works. This lovely book cover shows off the ‘things in the distance are faded’ technique. I applaud the use of the darker silhouette elements here; which provide contrast with, but do not contend with the double-tone green elements.

EOS Group Calender (2015) 

The reflection of the sun and the inclusion of a couple of simple wave shapes clearly communicate water in this image. I think the use of the dark silhouette shapes in the far background works just as well as the faded elements and will be something I have a play with.

Peter Brown:

His process inspired my planned way of working; wherein separate elements are drawn out and then collaged together. Screenshot taken from his excellent insight/process video which can be found here: https://vimeo.com/80293481




Peter works with a lot of landscape imagery in his children’s books. Mr. Tiger Goes Wild (2013) has some beautiful examples. (above)

Other artists:

Peter Donnelly:

Emmanuelle Colin: 


French Illustrator, her work is mainly cutesy individual character design, but I really like the way she uses overlapping elements in this bright and colourful image.

Alice and Martin Provensen


An American couple, whose work was prominent in children’s books throughout the mid to late 20th Century.

Andrew Kolb:







Linde Design:





Dadushin:








Jared Andrew Schorr:

Screenshot taken from and advert for BEAR nibbles. The video can be found on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_iVXyoBf-Ik







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