I'm currently trying to really tighten up my style and get to that next level of polish, so I figured this would be a great class to tackle.
This has already been quite eye opening, and not for reasons I thought it would be. I've had Pinterest boards and folders on my computer of work I love and/or want to emulate, but I've never actually focused on just the style aspects, and then plot them all out on one sheet. Seeing them as one whole made it easier to get clearer insights. But, then doing the same with my work...holy moly, what an eye opener.
Dream Portfolio (Step 1)
My Current Top Illustrations (Step 2)
Elinore Eaton/Dream Portfolio Observations
Large overall constructed shapes, very designed compositions, divided by highly detailed and decorated sections--often areas or lines comprised of dots, snow, stars, complex costume, etc. alongside large simplified areas. The high contrast areas/focus of the compositions are often the simplest, or like an overall light painting with only one dark area or vice versa.
Light. Lots of these seem “special” because of the treatment and attention to light.
Curving, wavy lines, motion or a suggestion motion even though most of these feel quiet. Even the Delort piece (which I realize is the only black and white one and has a bit of a horror genre to it, but totally belongs and has been a favorite of mine for years) feels quiet, but full with tension and mood.
Everything seems very dreamy to me. Themes are relationships with animals, flying or leaping, symbolism, stars falling, seeing words and energy. Not surprisingly, fairytale vibes and wonder, often feminine.
Most of these have a very limited color palette. Lots of blues and warm neutrals. Some with pops of a bold red. Wow...actually all of them are blue and yellow to some degree, with some version of one of those colors almost black.
No heavy line work. The few that have line work, it’s that delicate Golden Age style of lined edges with complementary colored lines with watercolor glazing and texture.
The big thing I feel like I am missing with my work is cleanliness. My values are also not as good. Just less sophisticated and more evenly distributed.
Notes for me:
-Create larger areas of rest, truly large solid shapes and higher levels of contrast in size of shapes. Visually, my pieces just seem busier.
-Pay special service to light or the darkness, reflections, spotlights, stars, golden hour, etc. Some of your newer pieces are getting flat.
-Enjoy curvy lines, wavy shapes, and marks that express motion, but not everywhere.
-Dreamy quiet quality. Stop yelling.
-Can’t go wrong with blue and yellow. Warm up your whites, darken your darks. Similar to the value idea, don’t go halfsies, think more one overall color, with the support of one other, and only sometimes a punch of a third, most likely red.
- Decide on an overall value for a piece (mostly dark or light), a lot of mine seem equally divided between darks and lights, and then use the lesser value to define focus.
-Soften edges, think more impressionism, pastels.
-Work on polish. Work on polish. Work on polish.
-Themes to focus on:
dreams, symbols, metaphor
costume, jewelry, ornamental objects
girls, feminine sensibilities
scenes in nature with motion--flying, swimming, weather
Lights, stars, dark creatures with glowing eyes, golden hour, large figures or a grouping with small figures
Any other observations?
Looking forward to going through Step 3 and rocking some Master Studies!