Last week I answered a little questionnaire for illustration student Elena Barroso. Elena is writing an essay which discusses why some designers prefer to build flaws into their work in an effort to counter-act the slick, perfect look in today's ubiquitous digital design...here are my answers to her questions!
kind of process are you most familiar with, digital or hand-crafted based
A: I am definitely most familiar with
traditional, hand-crafted methods as all of my work revolves around drawing,
painting and creating textures by hand. After scanning into the computer, I
will sometimes finish the illustration by adding in digital elements, although mostly
I will only use the computer to add emphasis or clean-up my scans.
you ever put an intentional ‘error’ or
your work just to make it look more special/crafted? and why?
A: Yes - sometimes, my drawings can
become quite technical and exact, but to create a sense of movement or life I
need to force myself to be more spontaneous and loose with the media.
you ever kept a non-intentional ‘error’ or ‘slip’ in your work for any reason?and
A: Yes – Most of the time I don’t erase
my “mistakes”. It creates that look of being “hand-made” and often some of the
best parts of an illustration can happen in the form of accidents.
you prefer to use or create a digital tool to simulate a ‘slip’ or
would you induce it with a physical medium (like splashing your drawing)? and
A: I always prefer to be loose with the
physical media – it is the most spontaneous and natural way and I believe it creates
more effective, more believable results because of this.
you have done any of the above, was the outcome successful?
A: Yes – mostly. Even though I aim to
invoke a sense of spontaneity within my work, it still needs to be controlled!
It is very easy to go over the top when adding in looser pencil lines or paint
splashes, so it’s important to know what the right amount is, and when to stop.
u think hand-crafted work has a stronger sense of authenticity and would be
A: I think the fact that hand-crafted
work is physical and “real” makes it seem more believable, as we associate
hand-made crafts with care and hard work. However I believe how much a piece is
valued can depend on a number of factors, such as the subject matter or how
much time/care/attention/passion appears to have gone into it. A lot of digital
illustration is sensational and expertly created with love and care.
I hope you enjoy reading these little Q&As. What's your opinion on a "hand-crafted" look vs a sleek, polished digital look?