jake thompson

Thursday, 26 January 2012



I've looked at a few artists during the Seeing Double brief, including one who is probably my all time favourite illustrator, Brett Helquist. He illustrated the Lemony Snicket books I grew up reading, but I love the complexity in his cross-hatching, versus the simplicity of some of his images. His B&W works are my favourite, and they've been a big inspiration for this project...

I like the Victoriana feel to his work, and he's incredibly good at capturing atmosphere accurately and subtley. His framing, or lack of, is also one of the big successes of his work for me.


I like the framing in Tom Gauld's work, and this had transferred to my images. His use of like to create atmosphere is also very interesting and his work is very successful considering how simple it can be. It just goes to show, sometimes less is more.


Collette is a photographer who, in a long-running project exploring genetics, photographs two members of a family, and combines their faces cleverly to show how alike members of the same family are. This inspired me to experiment myself with images of me and Ben in photoshop, the result of which ended up being one of my final images. His work is beautiful, and with some of the couple who are of similar ages, you would never guess it was two separate people!

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