Thursday, October 6, 2011

Week 4 - Anders Nilsen

I found out about Anders Nilsen through my roommate. When I checked out his bio I was interested because he lived in Minneapolis for a while, where I’m from, and later dropped out of SAIC and now lives in Chicago. And his work is awesome too. He does a lot of illustration work for book covers, which I am also interested in doing. This piece is the cover for a book of Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tales. I find it impressive the way he develops a variety of tones with his pen and ink work. Through it he gives a lot of texture to otherwise simple drawings. I also like his limited use of subdued color. It makes you focus more on his line work and the dimensionality of that rather than bright colors. You can see more examples of this at his website:

1 comment:

  1. The tone of this image is awesome. The color usage seems to fit perfectly with the setting. I love typography in artwork so the fact that Nilsen uses it to the composition's advantage makes the image so much more. I would buy this if I saw it on a book. It almost looks like it'd be the cover for a graphic novel.