COMBINING DIGITAL AND TRADITIONAL - STYLE
OK, so this just worked for me. Such a connect came from working with these... I've really started to push technique, form and colour... these are the areas I'll be focusing on in the new portfolio. Bright colours, good, strong line - whether it's apparent line or invisible - meaning drawn or implied.
Technique - my focus is three styles: 1. fully traditional. I'm collaborating with a talented author at the moment, and her preference is pastel, and it really suits the demographic, so I'm working with that at the moment.
2. Brush and ink, ink blocks and watercolour... this is interesting, because I really can't give up the strong varied line - I love it too much! It certainly suits an older audience, so with that in mind, looking at illustrators with a similar line work really has expanded my horizons.
3. Pencil and watercolour with digital... now this is similar to the works above, with a little sideline note. I started working with scanned watercolour paper and lo and behold a 4th style came out of that... a purely 'crafted' sort of feel... so I lied, there's 4 not three styles! Gallery below (and of course the images out of 52 week illustration above):
I've always fretted over having too many styles; so I've decided to embrace this. My favourite illustrators are the ones who have 1 'to' many styles, not specifically one distinct style that doesn't ever change. In saying that, I would recognize and Axel Scheffler, or Gus Gordon or Quentin Blake ANYWHERE... so there are obviously advantages to having just the one. At this stage, I'm going to keep exploring and let the 'quirk' define itself.
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Tanya is a traditional and digital artist, living in Brisbane and inspired by all that is 'Art'.