Wednesday, 25 May 2011

What is Graphic Design - Part Three Mixed Media Portraits

Florian Nicole creates these amazing mixed media portraits using a variety of different tools such as bic pen, watercolours, and inks touching up her work and adding texture using photoshop.

Her explanation of her work;

"I try to create an image that retains its freshness of the first paint stroke, the expressions of the line have to be very free and spontaneous..I draw a picture as if I wrote a text, with the same tool, the same freedom, with erasures, lines, scribbles etc..."

I think that the reason behind the portraits working so well is because as you look at them you pick out the different layers of media. So when i look at the first image below (my favourite one) i firstly see the depth of tone in the face captured by the inks, then to follow the more subtle details drawn in pen and pencil. This layered combination of media really helps to capture the character of the people in the pieces, whilst the hand rendered type works as a vehicle to slowly merge the face in the foreground into the neutral coloured backdrops. This makes you focus on the whole frame of work rather than the face itself.