The Vibrant, Flowing Art of Joy AngJune 19, 2012 at 11:00 am | Posted in Conventional Art | 1 Comment
Tags: asian art, colorful, illustration
Hello there, fellow artists! Today, we have an incredible artist we wish to share with you. Even for those of us who work digitally, it is fair to say that even virtual drawing tools have their foundation in the world of traditional art. Tools like Photoshop and Illustrator developed as a means for traditional artists to push their craft into new territories. That being said, there is still a romantic vibe to sketching, drawing, and painting in the old ways. And while it’s completely fine to solely work in the digital realm, we here at Imikimi especially love artists who walk the creative border between traditional and digital with grace, as demonstrated beautifully by illustrator Joy Ang.
While Ang’s personal site is still under construction, much of her work can be found on her deviantART page. After taking the time to peruse through just a few of her illustrations, it is quickly apparent that her work is strongly influenced by asian art hundreds of years old, while still maintaining a style that is uniquely hers. Her linework is beautiful and smooth, flowing from one section to the next with uncanny ease. Warm and cool tones intermingle—highlighting one another—but never conflicting.
As with many illustrations and paintings, Ang’s work is comprised of both line and form. Most artists use ines as a way of “blocking in” an illustration before they use light and shadow to give the piece its form, leaving the linework to take a backseat. Contrary to that practice, it can be argued that Ang’s linework is just as important as what is contained inside. She uses line weight to her advantage to create evoke feelings of childhood because their cartoon-like appeal. Her lines are not simply black, but blue and pink, gold and green.
Whether it’s creating fantasy landscapes, comic panels, book covers, or character concepts, it is clear that Joy Ang is a master of illustration. Many of her works provide an immediate sense of movement and speed, a sort of circular nature. Take for instance the stunning “Wonder,” which depicts a scene of just that: children imagining fantastical elements. Stars dangling by string, adorned anteaters playing instruments, flying fish, a ship, and a smoke-billowing train riding atop a track formed by tree tops. If that isn’t creativity, then we don’t know what is! While at first that may seem like a mish-mash of elements, upon seeing them in action in the image below, it’s plain as day that it was painstakingly thought-out.
As always, we want to thank you very much for taking the time to stop by the official blog of Imikimi. We hope to see you again soon, as we feature more phenomenal artists and crafts, and we hope you will take inspiration from their talents. Until next time!
The Imikimi Team
“If we could but paint with the hand what we see with the eye.” — Honore de Balzac