Having purchased the book ‘A Year and a Day’ written by William Mayne that is beautifully illustrated by award winning illustrator John Lawrence. I have been using this inspiration of colour and line expression at my studio space as it is propped open and facing me as I practice.
SOURCE: (Mayne, W. (2000) A Year and a Day. London: Walker Books Ltd)
Using the internet I have developed my research on Lawrence whose work with watercolours and inks reflects the way in which I like to use these materials and is so similar to the work of Enest H. Shepard. I enjoy the scrippling nature of the black lines like I did with Shepard’s work and how this attention commanding precense is brought forward in a visible way in which they can be unavoidably percieved and read as a exciting and fascintating working force of the image. The vast quantity of lines that come from all different directions and motifs suggests how they move with a mind of their own and shares how Laurence in these loose moments has no concern for the evocative, elaborate or unusual discource in which they take him. When closely examining the images I can see how Laurence uses white lines as well as black. This creates a dymanic and eyecatching contrast as the white commincates with a softer grace in comparasion to the bold black lines. Creating subtle yet powerful colour contrasts is something that i’d like to explore with my own experiments of colour in my practice.
Lawrence’s work for book ‘King of Kings’: