Saturday, 14 May 2011

Aad Goudappel

Aad Goudappel is a freelance Illustrator living and working in the Netherlands.

I was drawn to his work because of his minimalist but bold approach to his creations.
Complex ideas and abstract themes are translated into clear, strong and powerful images.


'Turbulence'


'Child Abuse'

I love how he doesn't outline his images they are simple block shapes and bright use of colours.
Powerful issues such as child abuse has been executed very successfully by the artist.
I feel the quote, 'Less is more,' really comes into play here, suggesting that his minimalist approach speaks volumes.

Thursday, 12 May 2011

Contact Report-Michelle Thompson

I also emailed Michelle Thompson with some questions.
Michelle has been successful in publishing, editorial and design.
Her work revolves around mark making, collage and photography combined with digital processes...

1. How well did your studies prepare you for life as an artist?
I did an MA after my degree so I was ready by then. I think my degree course was more informative on professional help than my masters.


2. What are your likes and dislikes about being an artist?
The freedom to have a family and work. Being ripped off by students.

3. Would you say you have a specific style or preferred way of working?
Yes collage both by hand and digital.


4. What would be your one piece of advice to a new Illustrator?
Never give up! It takes a long while to get your name known and a regular client list.

Some of her work...



Contact Report-Laura Mckellar

I asked Melbourne based artist, Laura Mckellar a couple of questions.
She is an Illustrator and Graphic Designer exhibiting her work world wide.

Laura got back to me with some great and inspirational feedback/responses...


1. What would be your one piece of advice to a new Illustrator?
dont work for free!!!!!!!
we all have to start somewhere, but unless you are really enjoying the piece you are working on for somebody else and think it will get you more work, it's not worth spending all your free time on it without being paid.
people don't value the work we do in the same way they value the work a builder, an athlete, or even an architect does. i know people that think its a hobby not a job, and so getting paid for 'art work' is sometimes quite difficult.
if you want to build your folio keep up your personal work and soon enough people will pay you to work for them. and use resources online to promote your work - keep a blog! contribute to online art communities, make a bigcartel shop and sell your work, network with other artists you like online.

2. How well did your studies prepare you for life as an artist?
funnily enough the best thing i got out of my studies was a strong network of like minded people. one of my lecturers is a mentor to me and if i need advice i always go to friends from uni who i trust.
i studied graphic design and i learnt to use industry standard programs, which has very much influenced my artwork. i do a lot of my work on the computer and i really value programs like photoshop + illustrator. it's also allowed me to be able to present my work digitally and printwise to a high standard.

3. What are your likes and dislikes about being an artist?
im a very visual person so its important for me to be able to express myself through artwork.
i dislike being judged because i dont have a 'full time job' that is expected.

4. Would you say you have a specific style or preferred way of working?
I have a couple of ways i really love working.
1 - i create something hands on whether its drawing or painting, i then scan it and combine it with other elements digitally. for example i will combine a drawing and a scanned or photographed texture to complete the drawing.
2 - i create something digitally, and then print it and get hands on! for example i enjoy combining photographs and drawings digitally, then printing them onto textiles and embroidering in details that i could never do digitally to add another dimension to the artwork.

Some of Laura's beautiful handy work...