When I see art that catches my eye, I'll often think two things:

  1. What is it about the image or animation that lights up my creative brain and engages my eye
  2. How was it made, and do I have the skills to recreate such a work?

On this last point, as evidenced on materials I've posted on my website, often it's in trying to recreate an artist's work that I learn techniques or go and learn how to do something I'm unfamiliar with. And more often than not, it just goes to increase my admiration for the wonderful digital artists out there, many whom I'm sure learned skills and techniques from previous generations, or were inspired by their works (such as the great Constructivist school).

Whilst studying the fantastic graphic below, I thought just for this blog it might be interesting to note the various lines that make up the composition, and the relationships between them. There are strong diagonal lines made by the flag poles at 118 degrees, with a column on textural content at a perfect perpendicular angle of 28 degrees (118 - 90). Bursting out to the right are radial lines forming almost sunbeams of content - planes and text affected by perspective. Into this are placed the strong figures of a pilot, and engineer perhaps, and 3 standard bearers, aswell as some references to music etc. 

In the cyclist illustration below that, I just wanted to see how the lines flow - and it was a lovely exercise then to use the Live Paint Tool to colour in the graceful shapes, drawing a bounding rectangle on the artboard just to complete all the outer paths.


constructionist copy analysis


cyclist abstract