Illustrators owe it to themselves to be dissatisfied, to be unhappy with their work, their situation, their direction. It’s the constant burden all artists must face if they want to push forward their creativity. Never be complacent, always have something to gripe about. Creativity is galvanized by being unhappy with the way things are, for discomfort leads to change. This line of thought was prompted by a recent Campaign blog post by Steve Henry “Safe isn’t Safe” which empha
I am not an artist.
Or maybe I am, I don’t know, it’s not my position to judge. Art is after all in the eye of the beholder. i.e. the general public, the viewer, not the creator. It’s the bane of the creator that we are too closely involved in our own work to accurately judge whether our work can be called Art. Of course we have a biased opinion, I think everything I do is significant or I wouldn’t do it, but I also detest everything I’ve created as I know I could have done i
Seeing the smooth transition of Dekune’s large expressive painted gallery works to the powerful images in her picture books made me realise how different the culture and education behind Japanese picture books is from, say the UK or USA. This is work by someone who’s as much an “artist” as they are an “illustrator”, in fact there’s little division between the two. I remember when I was at college in the UK my tutor Tony Ross (himself a well known children’s illustrator) confi
One of the highlights of the trip to Amsterdam was finally getting to visit the Rijksmuseum. This was my second visit to the city, but only now was I able to get to the museum. I was particularly hoping to see some of Rembrandt’s fabulous etchings on the second floor, but the room was closed for renovation. Just my bloody luck! Nevertheless this was more than made up for by a discovery in the ground floor exhibition tracing the background to Holland’s seventeenth century “Gol
Finally catching up with things after the exhibition. Here’s another illustration blog,ILLUSTRATION ART, a sharply observed insight on the lost craft of technique. It got me thinking. (Here we go, another grumble…) It’s been suggested that the two world wars basically destroyed the skills of finish and technique for illustrators, (you know, the “craft” part of Arts & Crafts), though the 20th Century was pretty much of a helter-skelter for creativity even without two titanic s
(This is another post adapted from a previously published essay) It’s time to have a rant, strap yourselves in, I’m going to talk about PRIDE. Pride in my profession, pride in being an illustrator. It strikes me that illustration isn’t getting the kind of recognition it really deserves, especially in my country of birth the UK. Over in Blighty I hear horror tales of crumbling standards, plummeting fees and dastardly clients. One old illustrator friend has upped and left Londo