Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Illuminated Letter

PROJECT DESCRIPTION: Create a series 3 of illuminated letters based on the visual language of 3 artists of my choosing.

PROJECT OVERVIEW: I thought this project was a wonderful way to end the semester. It was a great project that wasn't as intense, and was very enjoyable. I struggled with a few of my artists at first, but I got the hang of the assignment and explored lots of possibilities. In the end I was able to create three unique drop caps that represent the artist well.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Wednesday, November 24, 2010







3 Artists (Key Images)


Julie Evans is a New York City based artist who has exhibited her work extensively in the US and abroad. Ms. Evans is inspired by sources from before the advent of modernism and, more importantly, from beyond Western culture. Radiant in color and crystalline in contour, her acrylic and gouache paintings point, clearly if not exclusively, to Indian art. She’s no dilettante: Under the auspices of the Fulbright Program, Ms. Evans traveled to Sanskriti Kendra, an artist’s retreat in New Delhi, to study the painting of miniatures. Her decorative motifs—most consistently the circle, with recognizable botanical motifs here and there—float, ascend and drift in spaces that make the nighttime sky seem as shallow as a desk drawer.



Wood was an American painter, born in Anamosa, Iowa. He is best known for his paintings depicting the rural American Midwest, particularly the painting American Gothic, an iconic image of the 20th century. His family moved to Cedar Rapids after his father died in 1901. Soon thereafter he began as an apprentice in a local metal shop. After graduating from Washington High School, Wood enrolled in an art school in Minneapolis in 1910, and returned a year later to teach in a one-room schoolhouse.[3] In 1913 he enrolled at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and did some work as a silversmith.Wood was an active painter from an extremely young age until his death, and although he is best known for his paintings, he worked in a large number of media, including lithography, ink, charcoal, ceramics, metal, wood and found objects.Wood is most closely associated with the American movement of Regionalism that was primarily situated in the Midwest, and advanced figurative painting of rural American themes in an aggressive rejection of European abstraction.



Julie Morstad graduated from the Alberta College of Art and Design in 2004 with a BFA. She has done illustrations for The Globe & Mail, Warner Brothers Records, Bust, and The Walrus. Her artwork is featured on the cover of Neko Case's album Fox Confessor Brings the Flood. Morstad lives and works in Vancouver and divides her time between drawing, illustration, animation and design."[A] mix of the macabre and the innocent underlies much of her work. Along with Morstad's spider-leg-thin lines--she uses the finest nib she can find--that balance has drawn comparisons to the late American artist Edward Gorey." -The Georgia Straight

Friday, November 19, 2010

6 Artists

1. Julie Evans: I love her use of color and tiny dots and details that decorate the art. The circle is dominant in her work. Julie Evans is a New York City based artist who has exhibited her work extensively in the US and abroad.

2. Saul Bass: I love the style and feeling he gives his work. The colors are bright and fun and energetic. Bass was an American graphic designer and Academy Award-winning filmmaker, but he is best known for his design on animated motion picture title sequences.

3. Grant Wood: The smooth surfaces he gives objects is awesome. The highly rendered forms and colors make a beautiful painting. Wood was an American painter, born in Anamosa, Iowa. He is best known for his paintings depicting the rural American Midwest, particularly the painting American Gothic, an iconic image of the 20th century.

4. Julie Morstad: I love her light washes of colors and the style of her work.

5. Jason Thielke: His breathtaking work uses overlapping lines to create an image. Thielke earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the Northern Illinois University School of Art and has held solo exhibitions in Denver, Portland and Seattle.

6. Yulia Brodskaya: Yulia is an artist and illustrator known for her handmade elegant and detailed paper illustrations. Originally from Russia (Moscow), she is now based in the UK. In 2004 Yulia moved from Moscow to UK where she continued her education in art, at the University of Hertfordshire, graduating with a Master of Art in Graphics Communication degree in 2006.

The Illuminated Letter

Illuminated manuscripts refer to the embellishment of a letter on a page. In the strictest of terms, illumination refers to the addition of gold or silver, but today it means any decoration. These decorations were added to make letters important and to show a new section of the handmade books. Most of the scribes and illuminators were religious men called monks. Usually religious works contained the illuminated manuscript, as well as decorated pages to make it easy for the missionaries to find. It depicted the events clearly so that they could be seen from a distance. People believed that the books represented wealth and power, including magical powers. Beginning in the late Middle Ages manuscripts began to be produced on paper. Very early printed books were sometimes produced with spaces left for rubrics and miniatures, or were given illuminated initials, or decorations in the margin, but the introduction of printing rapidly led to the decline of illumination. Illuminated manuscripts continued to be produced in the early 16th century, but in much smaller numbers, mostly for the very wealthy.

Insular- Insular manuscripts were written in uncial or half uncial scripts and were the first manuscripts to introduce spaces between words to make it easier to read.They were decorated in abstract linear patterns adapted from Anglo-Saxon and Celtic metalwork and where zoomorphic forms were included these were stylised and either copied from earlier art or drawn from the imagination.

Carolingian- included sections written in gold or silver ink on purple vellum and often contained lavish quantities of gold.

Ottonian- Ottonian manuscripts were influenced by Byzantium, featuring the use of burnished gold backgrounds and large eyed figures in rigid, hieratic poses.

Romanesque - Romanesque manuscripts feature grotesques (a variety of real and imaginary creatures), textured or gold backgrounds, and historiated initials. These initials, found at the commencement of a chapter, combined the initial of the opening word with foliage, figures or pictures illustrating a portion of the text. These initials, which were more common than full-page illustrations, could sometimes extend the length of the page.

Gothic- Generally there was less text on page, with blank spaces in lines of text being filled with decorative bars. Illustrations were sometimes combined with borders, and marginal sketches and grotesques (now known as drolleries) were reintroduced. Historiated initials were reduced in size, but illustrations, known as bas de page, were included at the bottom of text pages. Decorative scrolls of ivy leaves were a feature of many Gothic manuscripts. The mid fourteenth century saw the introduction of original illustrations

Renaissance style- 1450, means "rebirth", there was interest in classical art, Gutenberg invented the printing press, many copies of a book could be printed at once by a machine