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Artist Research: Hamsterley Forest Durer

Although very detailed and literal, there is a very aesthetically pleasing aspect to the visuals of Durer. The two images I have selected demonstrate his ability to capture in detail the beauty of animals using watercolour. Although my method of using watercolours is very different to that of durer, i still find his compositions and visuals inspiring. The subject matter is also relevant in relation to my work.

A German painter, print maker, mathematician, engraver, and theorist from Nuremberg. His prints established his reputation across Europe when he was still in his twenties, and he has been conventionally regarded as the greatest artist of the Northern Renaissance ever since. His vast body of work includes altarpieces and religious works, numerous portraits and self-portraits, and copper engravings. His woodcuts, such as the Apocalypse series (1498), retain a more Gothic flavour than the rest of his work. His well-known works include the Knight, Death, and the Devil (1513), Saint Jerome in his Study (1514) and Melencolia I (1514), which has been the subject of extensive analysis and interpretation. His watercolours mark him as one of the first European landscape artists, while his ambitious woodcuts revolutionized the potential of that medium. Dßrer’s introduction of classical motifs into Northern art, through his knowledge of Italian artists and German humanists, have secured his reputation as one of the most important figures of the Northern Renaissance. This is reinforced by his theoretical treatises, which involve principles of mathematics, perspective and ideal proportions.


Roheen Ahmad

Peter Doig Roheen Ahmad is a watercolour artist from Afghanistan who’s work struck me because of his use of colours and brush technique. Again, although my paintings are very different stylistically from Ahmad’s, I still find the elegance and softness very inspiring, in addition to the almost dream-like aesthetic of the image. The colour palette is another element i also find very inspiring, particularly the use of orange and yellow tones in contrast to the cooler blues and greens. I may include some of these colours and colour techniques in my own paintings.

Using film stills, footage of actual events or photographs of urban and natural environments, Peter Doig’s work emanates a quiet nostalgia. His paintings convey a sense of borrowed memory, of peering into an intimate realm of past experience – of place and self. - http://www.saatchi-gallery.co.uk/artists/peter_ doig_about.htm

Daniel Egne The images on the left are watercolour paintings by the contemporary artist, Daniel Egne. Egne’s subject matter often seem to involve nature, however not all is completely relevant to this particular brief. The reason i have selected his images as inspiring is to do with the abstract use of watercolour in combination with other mediums to create his images. The bottom image strikes me because of it’s colour palette, composition, and varied illustrative techniques, which i think make it appear both technical and contemporary.

In the two images presented above, Doig has captured the essence of a moment or representation of a thought or memory using visual techniques. In ways this is what i hope to communicate through my visuals, the idea of mystery and mysticism of the forest that draws people to want to visit. The Dream-like quality to the images makes me keen on finding out more about them; the environment they depict, and the reasons for each stylistic approach. I Hope for my leaflet to be able to do the same for the viewer of it.


Yoshi Tajima

Yoshi Tajima is a contemporary Japanese Illustrator who combines watercolour with other traditional media, in addition to digital work. What i particularly like about his technique is the variations of transparencies, in addition to the collage element of digital representations of line drawings. The colour palette again is also very strong.

Like many of the contemporary illustrators I have looked at, the style of illustration would not be relevant for use in my leaflet, however a lot of the techniques and visual ideas are. I hope to create a synthesis of all the aspects of the illustrators work that I have looked at in my leaflet.

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Durer Although very detailed and literal, there is a very aesthetically pleasing aspect to the visuals of Durer. The two images I have selec...

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