jake thompson

Monday, 28 November 2011

Alan Fletcher

I really like the simplicity of Alan Fletcher's work, and the way he captures expression, like the waitress in the bottom image. I find the way he groups his images very interesting, it's almost as if he draws the same thing over and over, which is key to fully understanding the object you are recording.

Paul Hogarth

I really like the sketchiness of paul Hogarth's work and the way he renders his work, either with line or colour. I like to use inks and watercolours in my own work, and Hogarth's work really appeals to me in that sense.

Elizabeth Perry

Elizabeth Perry, from the lecture on primary research, really grabbed my attention. I was impressed how she seemed to make inanimate, everyday objects interesting simply by positioning them carefully in her sketchbook and thinking about the materials she used. I especially liked some of the silhouettes she did called 'Walking Home', and they gave me an idea of how to subtly include shoes in an image, hanging from an electricity wire, like I've seen thousands of times. I also liked Perry's use of line, which is considered and careful, and tried to apply this approach to some of my drawings.
http://www.elizabethperry.com/woolgathering/ I enjoy keeping up to her daily drawings!

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Infographics for Martians

Screen shots and the final image of the Illustrator brief - to explain the uses of and how to apply lipstick to a Martian from outer space.

Sunday, 13 November 2011

Bjorn Johannson

I really like the detail in Johansson's 'Anatomy of a Typeface'. Each letter is like the skeleton of a little creature!

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Close Cropping

Just some photos which I've cropped and the effects...

 Cropping this image into a letterbox format completely disguises the coast form the viewer, showing them the house as the focus.

 On this one, by focusing on the house on top of the hill, I've made it look alone and isolated, when in reality it's pretty much next door to quite a big village.

Wednesday, 2 November 2011


Egon Schiele is one of my favourite artists, and it was really interesting to see some of his sketchbook work this week when we were studying perspective, because you never really notice it. I guess the whole point of perspective is that it is subconscious , but it makes a big difference to a drawing.

Perspective makes this sketch of a man looking over his shoulder much more convincing, as the face is in proportion and, as the eyes determine the horizon line, they're looking in the right direction and it makes the whole drawing more cohesive.
Similarly here, Schiele's use of perspective and proportion shows the angle of the faces and contributes to the expression, making the whole image more accurate.


In the lecture the other day I was really drawn to Jon Keegan's sketchbooks. His drawings of people have their own unique style but yet they are still accurate and he utilises perspective to help him create convincing faces61_yanks_650.jpg

Here his use of 1 point perspective and a low horizon line tells us (even without looking at the young boy in the foreground) that this is a small person looking up and out across the pitch. This reflects the age/height and attitude of the young boy, as he is literally looking up to the players.keegan_july07_selects.jpg

I love the expression in his characters' faces, and you can quite clearly see the technical underdrawing which makes them look more realistic and in proportion.

Here Keegan uses a range of 1 and 2 point perspective to draw buildings from a trip to Europe.