My Featured Blogger this week is artist, illustrator and graphic designer Liza Hartman. Liza not only regularly shares samples of her marvellous work, but lets us in on the techniques and themes she’s employed in creating them. Result? Our appreciation for her talent and the heart behind it increase with every post!
“An optimist understands that life can be a bumpy road…”
– Harvey Mackay
“Choose to be optimistic. It feels better.”
– Dalai Lama
Creating an illustration is a lot like baking a cake. Similar to buttering the pans I create a sketch, then lay out all of my ingredients – the symbolism I want to use for an additional message, or visual storytelling.
Through the study of art history I learned about the use of symbolism as a language. I love this, using symbolism or semiology is like a creating coded message, a story within a story. Although it may not be recognized or understood, I have a great time gathering “my ingredients” and coding a message.
In this illustration for the new year, I used simple symbolism as a wish or a prayer;
For the colour palette I used mainly different shades of periwinkle…
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