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I really like this illustrators use of black ink. How the hair ‘runs’ down the page and merges with the shoulders. I prefer the monkey on the shoulder of the top right image to the bottom image as it has a darker feel.  The bottom image has more layering using photo shop which looks good but i still prefer the more simpler images.  The text in the balloon is hand written and artistic but still readable.naja conrad-hansen

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I found this illustrator in the book ‘Lurzer’s Archive Special:  200 Best Illustrators worldwide.’ I really like Maciej Krzywicki’s use of coloured ink.  The contrast between the green plants and the white fence is particularly effective with the cream background.  Having the grey ink in the background works well because it helps emphasise the foreground images and adds depth to the scene.  I like the thin, scratchy cross hatched lines which work well with the interesting, quirky characters.rachel0651

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I built a set out of paper and kept the props minimalist as i didn’t want them to distract from the puppets. Using professional lighting and and camera I took photographs of my puppets in the various positions to show the stages of the story I have copmposed. It took a while to get the lighting right so there is a gloomy effect but without loosing the detail of the charactors. The settings on the camera also had to be specific to stop blurring as the puppets would move. The next stage will be to edit the photos with photoshop and add text.


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Because of the gangly nature of my characters I decided to try making one as a string puppet. I made it out of a wire centre with paper and masking tape. Over a few weeks I made the strongman, female acrobat, circus master, horse rider, male acrobat and the Pierrot. I painted them white and used black cotton to stitch the eyes. With the clothing I used different types of paper and stitched them to the bodies. I kept to my original theme of browns and creams which worked well in giving the characters a quirky, darker feel.






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My original drawings had been created on white paper using black in, monoprint and pencil. I added different papers in varying shades of brown and cream for the clothing and used some watercolour and coffee for the shading. I decided as my circus has an old, tatty, 20th century feel I would keep all the colours neutral and I am pleased with the effect. However I didn’t feel the characters were quirky and interesting enough so I did a couple of variants on brown paper with the character features being exaggerated further. I feel the Pierrot character is particularly effective on the brown paper.

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Julie Arkell

I discovered Julie Arkell whilst looking at the Ruthin Craft Centre website.  I immediately noticed the link to my own work and have since ordered the publication of her work from the Centre.  I really like the textures she has created and how you can see the newspaper print on the figures. I prefer her 3D work to her 2D pieces as I think the characters themselves are a a lot more effective and interesting to look at.  




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