The Slick and Flowing Works of Charlie BowaterMay 8, 2012 at 11:00 am | Posted in Conventional Art | 1 Comment
Tags: art, illustration
Hello there, fellow artists! It’s fantastic to have you back, as we have a wonderful feature for you today! So let’s cut straight to the chase, shall we? Just like you, we here at Imikimi are also completely enraptured by the sight of beautiful illustration. The kind of which work which we see and immediately want to “step our game up” in order to become better artists. And one artist who can cause that thought to stir within us is the wonderfully talented Charlie Bowater.
Currently residing in the UK, Charlie is a professional illustrator and concept artist currently working for Atomhawk Design. Her work is both bold and whimsical, lighthearted and at times somber. Warm and cool tones intertwine with the aid of smooth, flowing lines. Masterful strokes and a childlike wonder permeate all her work, enlivening her characters and giving breath to the worlds she creates.
Just taking a look at her gorgeous gallery, it is clear that Charlie has found her style, that which separates her work from her peers. It is immediately clear that her style skews towards the fantastical and whimsical. Though still quite young, it is clear that Charlie will maintain her childlike sense of imagination throughout her life.
Cast your gaze at her pieces titled Seven Sorcerers. Charlie’s style here is simply fantastic: warm, rich tones drawing your eye towards the center of the piece, with the teenagers striking dynamic poses. The sense of motion here is just fantastic, with an amazing use of composition to ensure even the smallest details and auxiliary features are emphasized alongside the bolder formers.
Or even take a glance at her cover illustration for an well-known art magazine. Here the character is also seen front and center, with flowing curves radiating outwards in all directions. Self-professedly, Charlie loves drawing freckles on her characters. And looking through even just a portion of her works, her repeated use of what some might call “imperfections” gradually turns them into a mark of youth and beauty.
Strong female protagonists are a common theme throughout her body of work, empowering both girls and women alike. It can be said that these characters all contain a sort of silent strength, a resolute nature to carry them through hard times. Such can be seen in the below image, along with first determination.
Charlie Bowater has even began work for the official Pottermore site, an online, interactive community for anyone who may have heard of a little book series called Harry Potter.
As always, we here at Imikimi want to thank you for stopping by the official blog of Imikimi. Stay tuned for more as we continue to highlight more amazing crafts and art.
The Imikimi Team
“Drawing is the honesty of the art. There is no possibility of cheating. It is either good or bad.” — Salvador Dali