Artist Research + Beetle Design

I was assigned to create a Beetle that incorporated the designs of three artists at minimum.  The initial objective of this task was to produce a professional appearing design, influenced by a variety of art movements and artists.

The separate parts of the Beetle must be dedicated to a different artist and manipulated through digital programs such as Photoshop. The Beetle must appear realistic and convincing, which will be achievable by using a diversity of effects to create light, texture and shade.

Artist One: Alice X Zhang

My first chosen artist is a full-time freelance designer, who is also known as Alicexz or Silverqe and is a Hong Kong based graphic designer and illustrator. She graduated from Rhode Island School of Design in 2006 and is now a portrait artist with a penchant for cinema and television.

She is well known for her mesmerising paintings of celebrities of David Tenant, Matt Smith and Benedict Cumberbatch. I thought this artist would influence my beetle design, as I am fond of the vibrancy and watery textures evoked in the piece. The dark tones used within her art can be represented as the dark shell of the Beetle.

The artist has used digital media to create this composition and several layers that add a variety of tones and shading.

They appear to have used many texture brush tools, but could be easily mimicked using watercolours and Acrylic brushes if someone wanted to incorporate this design using traditional media.

Her work consists of warm and cold colours, inflicting contrast and attention to the main foreground. The lower left of the compositions are frequently seen gradually descending into darker tones and her work, often created with short brush strokes to convey an illusion of movement depict this.

Looking at this composition I find it intriguing to view. The perspectives are dynamic, featured with exaggerated tones for surroundings and skin to appear livelier.

Artist 2: Yolanda Kloppenburg

Yolanda Kloppenburg was born in New Zealand and works full time as a designer and illustrator. She is currently based in Hamburg, Germany and is famous for her design brand business ‘Tiny Kiwi’’.

Mostly recognized for her unique geometric animal designs are a combination for her love for nature, colour and that ‘’less is more’’.

Using geometric fragmentation will represent how our eyes adapt to simplifications. The abstract realism will be used to highlight the texture of the hard head of the Beetle.