Martin Tomsky – artist


Martin Tomsky is an illustrator from the UK who works in the medium of laser cutting and wood.

His art appeals to me as it is similar to, although more advanced than, 3D papercuts I have done in the past.

Tomsky currently mostly works with wood of varying shades but does have some work which is in colour. I prefer his uncoloured illustrations as it is clearer thatbthey are 3D which I feel is the most intriguing aspect of the work.

The most common theme I found in his art is nature which, whether intentionally or unintentionally, works really well in collaboration with the wooden material used which reinforces the theme.


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Chris Riddell – artist


Chris Riddell is a children’s book illustrator and political cartoonist for the Observer. In 2015 he was appointed UK children’s Laureate.

Ridell works traditionally, whether he’s sketching or colouring an illustration although many of his illustrations are black and white. In terms of what mediums he uses, Riddell sketches his illustrations using pencil and then inks over the lines with a brush before, if necessary, adding colour which is usually blue and yellow. When he doesn’t use colour, Riddell uses crosshathing and  Mark making to add shade and texture to the illustrations.

Text and art are often combined or closely related in Riddell’s work and some examples can be seen from some of his sketchbook drawings here: . As well as this, he uses he sketchbooks as a place for more than just drawings, adding text, labels and diagrams to them as well and carefully considering the layout of each page which makes it aesthetically pleasing to view.

I personally find his sketchbook layout inspiring as it’s methodical and neatly laid out which is something I would like to work on with my own sketchbooks.


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Mark Anstee – artist talk


During a talk I attended by Mark Anstee I learnt a lot about his style of art and method of creation as well as some other interesting things about art.

Mark does a lot of work outside on location, one of his projects which he told us about that I found particularly inspiring was when he spent a year drawing around Stonehenge, each day drawing from a different angle to gather a 360 detailed understanding of the monument. Following this he used the reference images he’d created to make a larger drawing. His dedication to the topic caught my attention most as, whilst this is a task that could have quickly become tedious, he followed through with it and completed it as planned.

A common theme I saw in his work was deterioration, creation and destruction. As well as following the same themes, he likes to roleplay when working on projects as a way to feel more engaged with the piece he’s working on and encourage himself to consider and understand it in a more in depth and personal way.

Something interesting he mentioned was colour allegiance, and that everyone subconciously supports a colour, the most obvious example is from his work when he used blue and red figures to symbolise an army and prove that everyone supports a colour. I found this interesting as I often focus on or consider colour and its connotations when creating art myself and consider how people may relate to or view a character or images depending on the colours used.


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Clay Wolves

imageSome model wolves I made out of air drying clay, they’re painted with acrylic paint. These were made as a way of experimenting with the medium of clay which I haven’t used much before and am using in my current project for some small models. In future I need to make sure the bodies are not too heavy for the legs as the legs in the standing pose got a little crushed from the body weight. I could do this by making hollow models in future which would reduce the weight considerably.

Interactivity in art

The sub theme of my project is interactivity which has led me to consider whether interactivity is important in art or not.

When you think of a piece of art, most people think of a painting in a gallery which is generally there to be viewed. But with modern day advances in technology more and more people want to interact with the things around them, ofrench known as being a prosumer – a combination of being a consumer (viewer of the product) and a producer (maker of the product) – and I think interactivity in art allows people to be prosumers and gives more enjoyment as it promotes active participation rather than passive viewing.

personally I feel that art being interactive creates more enjoyment and engagement as there is more participation with the piece and therefore it’s more likely to be both enjoyed and remembered which works well for both the viewer and the creator of the art piece.