Durban, South-Africa based illustrator Colwyn Thomas creates some of the most beautiful illustrations of childhood we've ever seen. He begins each design as a pencil drawing and then converts it into vector lines. Finally, he adds colors in Photoshop, using scanned in textures such as coffee stains or various papers until he achieves his desired look.
The first illustration in this post is called The Whale. When asked by Empty Kingdom what he wanted its viewers to take away from it he said, "The relationship between the wild and man is an important one for me. I occasionally work as a guide in a big five wilderness area and there are encounters one has there, with the game, with the place itself, that give me a clear sense of being something other than human. As if there was something to define ourselves as first, before we classified ourselves as human. There’s such wonder and humility in finding your self a part of the world as opposed to an observer of it. So in The Whale it’s not so much a whale and a little human making separate observations of one another, but two…creatures sharing a moment."
We have a limitless supply of technology at our fingertips. With each technological innovation comes a transitional period, which we’re experiencing at this writing, a transition from mass, homogenized media with one-way communication to a democratized, independent, engagement media economy. But, no matter the technology we have, great storytelling must reign supreme. It doesn’t matter if you create something that utilizes all forms of media. Format can never trump story.
Unfairness can come from a person, an institution or the universe. There’s no real logic behind why we expect good things to happen to good people and bad people to be punished (experience certainly doesn’t suggest either will happen very often), but we do. And this means a character who is treated unfairly is one who is probably going to win the sympathy of the reader.
“Creativity, in short, is not something mystical; it's an extension of what you already know.” That's ... He eventually gave up, took his own life, and missed the revolution in art that he had helped propel for decades to come.
Interesting article. This would eplain why so many individuals now thought to be creative were not considered so during their lifetime. Still, if something is useful to you--solves a problem for you in a unique way--is that not still creative? The "useful" part also troubles me a bit. Makes for good discussions.
Art and the artist are so thoroughly intertwined that we can’t bear to think of one without the other. For better or worse, we’re going to have to rethink this comfortable little notion. Machine intelligence is advancing to the point where algorithms have begun to invade the world of culture and the aesthetic.
The truth is that your left brain is probably playing tricks on you and robbing you of creative ideas. ... If you're in this group, this mode of thinking has probably served you well in many areas except in terms of creativity.
I started thinking about the importance of story in one of those perfect storm sort of ways where a bunch of things all seem to converge at once. It began with a good book–which, I personally believe is where most good things start.
By offering writers ready made art as inspiration, Storybird has attracted 2 million users and is turning traditional children's and YA publishing workflow on its head.Karen B Wehner's insight: Incredible - in 24 months, Storybird members created ...
"...As I was watching it, I was reminded of an article I had just read in The New Yorker by John McPhee, who writes about how he writes in a piece called “Structure.” (I think it is part of the paid archive now, so may want to go to your local library — you still have one, right? — to check it out). McPhee brings us right into his whole planning and writing of longer non-fiction pieces, showing off visual structures of his content. You can see charts, and maps, and visual puzzles that form the backbone of his pieces. His larger message is try to move away from chronological sequencing, and instead, find new ways to structure content in a piece of writing. But that requires considerable thinking, planning … and an understanding of structure...."