Wild Fridays: [Figuring it out]
We’re delighted to present ‘Wild Fridays’ – a brand new weekly post by illustrator Simon Wild
The intersection between narrative illustration and comic book art allows illustrators a fascinating opportunity to work with figures that take centre stage, striking exaggerated stances and as a result, heightening the elements of storytelling in the image.
Illustrations that traverse both of these worlds can often feel like they are freeze frames from a piece of motion graphics or animation. Even in their static state, the figures within the images are energised inside their frames. They become characters that portray a sense that their story is far from finished.
These illustrators make dynamic composition look effortless. They lead your eyes from one part of the image to the next, taking in any storytelling elements along the way.
This week I’ve rounded up some of the artists who I think are constantly taking figurative illustration to new levels, with scorching colour palettes, layouts that tilt and shift and figures that command a real narrative presence.
Complex painterly geometry locks down the photorealistic characters of Erik Jones
The vigorous figures of Tomer Hanuka twist and contort to find their place in the frame.
The figures of Matt Taylor have a sense of urgency and motion.
Scratchboard illustrator Nicolas Delort wills his figures into powerful and commanding positions.
Have a great weekend!