OH yeah - it's a laid-back Saturday - overcast and grey...kind of day for drinking tea, watching some youtube, doing the li'l things around the house that there's no time for on a busy day. And now some blog time. It's been a few posts since I talked about my art influences so I thought now'd be a good time. Choosing my next favourite artist's a doddle as I've been re-organising my bookshelves today and ended up spending a good couple of hours looking at some of my graphic novels and art books - just 'cos they're so yummy! My main focus today was a shelf section of illustrated tomes featuring the GORGEOUS work of Charles Vess.
I LOVE this ... It reflects elements of the Art Nouveau era or Arts & Crafts ideals. I have a wide appreciation of art styles and movements, but we all have our favourites (don't we?) and this fits neatly into my love of nature-led design as well as my fascination with myth and magic and the tales that transported me in my childhood to imagined lands of fantastical creatures, enchanted landscapes and beings of light and mystery. It's where my mind still goes to when I sit down to draw or paint. Every time. Even if I wanted to draw corn-flakes. Not that I can think of a moment when I would ever have to or want to draw popular cereals... *ahem*
Hopefully I've inspired you to go look at more of Charles Vess's STUNNING work, and just to make things easy for you, here's a link to his site (just click the pic ) :
There are several books which contain his artwork, I'd recommend
I have SO many artists whose work I'd like to highlight and pay tribute to so you're stuck with more of this kind of thing for quite some time to come, but I hope that SOMEwhere along the line, you'll find SOMEthing you like. So cheerio for now...Be inspired and be happy! Hugs as ever - Shroo :)x