Saturday, 24 January 2009

Influences part 9: Vincent Van Gogh

Van Gogh was an artist whom I never paid much attention to until I began doing Paint on Glass animations last year. At that time I began to feel that his painting style would look fantastic as an animation, and I have since felt a greater influence from his work. I think the style of his brushwork [below] can also be linked to the drawing style of the illustrations that I have been highlighting recently.

I always imagine the lines of his brushwork coming to life and creating a vividly abstract animation sequence, and although I have barely experimented with this style, it is something I would like to return to in the future.
In the meantime the similarity of the textures in Van Gogh's work and the illustrations that I mention in earlier posts (particularly those of Tim Burton) are playing a small part in the development of the aesthetics for my graduation film.

As well as the texture and brushwork of Van Gogh's more popular work, this early painting has a rather muted lighting scheme and colour palette similar to how I would like my graduation film to look.

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