Saturday, November 27, 2010
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
1. Giacomo Balla
2. Franz Marc
3. Jan Kallwejt
4. Michael Craig Sieben
5. Jean Giraud (Moebius)
6. Stephen Gammell
1. Jean Giraud (Moebius)
I chose Moebius because I have a fascination and adoration with his use of line. All of his works exhibit masterfully designed forms through use of line work. I felt that I can create a enticing drop cap in this way.
Jean Henri Gaston Giraud (born May 8, 1938) is a French comics artist. Giraud has earned worldwide fame, not only under his own name but also under the pseudonym Moebius, and to a lesser extent Gir, the latter appearing mostly in the form of a boxed signature at the bottom of the artist's paintings, for instance the volumes' covers.
2. Stephen Gammell
Stephen's work haunted my childhood through reading the 'Scary Stories' series he illustrates. With that said, I thoroughly enjoy his work. His use of contrast and grotesque forms is fascinating.
(b. February 10, 1943) is an American illustrator of children's books. Stephen Gammell grew up in Iowa His father, an art editor for a major magazine, brought home periodicals that gave Stephen early artistic inspiration. His parents also supplied him with lots of pencils, paper, and encouragement. He is self-taught.
He started his career with commercial freelance work, but became interested in children's book illustration. His first book, A Nutty Business, was published in 1973. Since then, he has illustrated over fifty titles.
He is particularly well-known for the surreal, unsettling illustrations he provided for Alvin Schwartz's Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark series of horror short stories, still a favorite in adolescent fiction.
3. Jan Kallwejt
Jan Kallwejt features high energy, graphic work. This style is very refreshing and is a great contrast to the other two artists I have chosen.
Jan Feliks Kallwejt is freelance graphic designer and illustrator currently based in Malaga and Warsaw. He co-operates with clients from several European countries and North America. For six years he has worked with agencies in Warsaw and Hamburg. Currently, Jan focuses on illustration, apparel design and personal art projects.
An illumination is an embellishment, or additional decoration that enhances the pages of a written manuscript page.
The term Illumination comes from the term Illuminate, or to fill with light. This effect is achieved with the application of gold leaf to the letters and images, which reflect light and appear to glow.
An illuminated letter was usually the first letter of a page or paragraph. It was always enlarged and in color with gold applied in areas, while the rest of the text remained black. The images used to enhance the letter include animals, plants, and mythological creatures. These images were modified to fit into or around the letter, or in some cases took the shape of the letter itself. Because the recording of historical events was such an important task, illuminations were ordered by Kings and religious leaders to be added to various pages in order to add interest and importance to their appearance.
The Egyptians were the first culture known to document events by use of Illuminated Manuscripts. One of the most famous being the Book Of The Dead, which dates back to 1310 B.C.
As written languages developed, various countries adopted the idea of illuminating their manuscripts and carried on the tradition for hundreds of years into the Medieval Europe and during the Middle Ages.
By the 7th Century, Illuminations became a highly respected art form. At this time some of the most beautiful and famous illuminations were being created in Ireland and England.
Drop caps are the contemporary version of the illuminated letter. They are characterized by having similar characteristics to illuminated letters, only usually done in a more modern approach.
The first letter of a paragraph that is enlarged to "drop" down two or more lines, as in the next paragraph. Drop caps are often seen at the beginning of novels, where the top of the first letter of the first word lines up with the top of the first sentence and drops down to the four or fifth sentence.