Tuesday, March 8, 2011
I stumbled upon this piece while looking for the name of the illustrator of the google icon today. I found the blog where this was posted and was really drawn to this piece. I feel like it would make a really cool illustration for a children's book. Its kind of like an "Eye Spy" picture that also introduces famous historical figures. I love how the birds make up the eyes and hairline of the figure. I think clever art is all the more captivating and I think this piece is very clever. Its clever but also humorous. I think the pink bird is a comical way to portray a mustache and lips.
Her style is really bold and uses strong lines and color in it. She has a fun, lively style that really engages the viewer. She has a series of different people on whom she uses this style of "animal collage" to construct. I think this technique is a creative way to incorporate nature into the human figure. I also think that if it was just a portrait of someone it wouldn't really cause the viewer to take a very long look whereas this encourages one to pay close attention to detail and really appreciate all of the elements. I don't know why the artist created this piece, however I looked at her website and she has a similar one that was used as an album cover. I kind of doubt this one was a commissioned piece though because the figure looks more historical. Overall most of the elements are flat and lake gradation, although I feel like some of the floral elements seem to have some depth.