This week’s topic for Illustration Friday is black and white, which if you’ve ever seen my artwork before you’ll know is waaaaaaaay outside of my wheelhouse. I love colours. I love playing with colour, painting with colour, mixing colours, blending colours and using lighting effects that make the colours in my illustrations pop and explode off the page. Colours are a mask in my work, they hide the details, or lack thereof, and when they’re used properly make a picture come to life. So, about black and white. I knew that I wanted to explore texture and patterns, and I immediately thought of Picasso and M.C. Escher. What I came up with is an homage to both, Picasso as the subject and Escher as the lender of theme and style.
This week for illustration Fridays, I’m posting a piece that makes me smile. For those of you who know me, I’m a sneaker head, old school hip hop loving, stuck in the 90s thirtysomething. So making an illustration of hightop sneakers just does it for me. Also, on a sad note for the 90s, RIP Luke Perry. You took TV to a different place, a true trendsetter, heartthrob, and game changer. You’ll be missed. You were the James Dean of the 1990s. Peace.