ITAP Lecture Two – Illustration Viewpoint

The notion of ‘inspiration’ derives from constant inquiry,based on research, observation, recording, and experimentation

Recording of work, and the observation of the places seen through your travels are a great was to document places in which have impacted you on a personal level. The best way to make sure you have always got a clear reminder of a place or person is to note down what parts of the subject. Whether it be through photographs or illustration you can document a feeling or time of day through your actions.

One of the best people for showing her inspiration within her work through her constant research and experimental drawings would be Jill Calder, who uses hot pressed Fabriano paper of Moleskin notebooks as he basis for her work, she will constantly carry with her a note-book with a vast amount of paints and colours ready to draw with a variety of different media, so to collaborate the best outcome for her sketches.

The idea is that to find inspiration, you shouldn’t look to hard, but look everywhere, as you can’t just wait for something to come to you, you must go looking for your next big thing to hit you. Experiment with everything around you, never leave anything out, and constantly question everything you don’t know.

An understanding and knowledge of ‘an audience’ can enhance and focus the communication

It is to my understanding that an audience is the most important part of design for an artist, as if the creature gets the theme wrong for the age range it can make everything go wrong. The visual development for each era of person is different, for instance the design features a children’s book would have be completely different from that of an adults graphic novel. The theory behind looking at what your audience would want, is so that you can relate to the views, and not have your work so ‘out there’ that it isn’t accessible to the viewers. Visual is the best way to engage people with your work so you want to make sure it is done correctly. From the colours used to the simplicity of the images of writing styles. Colours and themes help keep a constant through out your work, relating one image to another, if your audience doesn’t understand or cant work out your message, you have nothing and should just start again. if it doesn’t work for them it never will.

Gaia Bordicchia is an Italian illustrator for children’s books but also freelance work, her style is contemporary but also has a strange edge to it, with the mixture of the modern spots and stripes with patchwork colours as part of the background images. She used very earthy colours most of the time with the use of bright vibrant injections now and again, but with a constant theme running through her images.


Jill Calder –

Gaia Bordicchia –


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