This video seriously just snapped me out of my skin enough to revitalize my energy for sharing beautiful art! This is really the most beautiful video I’ve ever seen.
I’ve included both full images and close-up details, without discretion, so that you can all understand in one sitting why Dan Hillier is a wonderful artist. Without seeing these works in context of their full detail, it can be disappointing to view his full pieces with no real ‘pay-off’, though I am sure this is just a effect from small internet images and a risk associated with an online presence.
But these are amazing. (I know I’ve said this before.) I could sit here and talk about his line work and masterful use of old ink techniques (though he primarily works in print) all day, though I’ll limit it to just a few paragraphs here. I studied old ink masters for a few years, ones that relied on stark black and white images to tell whole stories. But there weren’t really ink washes that could reproduce well on a printer, so you had to work all the value differences out with line only – with values changing depending on how thick, close, or both lines were compared to one another. Check out your dollar bills – they were done in the same way.
Most of the time these were done larger than necessary and scaled down, as its pretty obvious how hard this can be when you are working with complicated images, especially with faces, hands or details in them. That’s my first reaction to Hillier’s pieces is the wonderful patience in his works, with rewards as awe inspiring as the detailed close ups below.
A lot of people may find his subjects to be something close to a ‘Master Wizard Hipster’, and you wouldn’t necessarily be wrong. I personally love them, but taking away the negative connotation of the words and you are left with someone who relished in antiquity, respects old techniques and imagery and adds their own personal flare, and I don’t see many things wrong with that. His pieces are a wonderful juxtaposition of eras so that they appear mystical, fantastical, dreadful and dark.
A friend of mine (Jon Petter Vorren) made this short video about Blank Space – thought I’d share it with everyone! I think it is so charming and captures what we do here very nicely. Feel free to share!
I have been in the process of moving to another country, leaving my beloved San Francisco for Oslo, Norway, and therefore it is hard for my to update this as frequently as I would like. Please be patient, and normal updates should begin again in February. Thanks for your understanding!
So, in the spirit of loving all things art, I present to you the coolest little blog I’ve fallen across in my travels. In The Make does little gallery visits to artists large and small and does some fantastic interviews. Being an avid artist myself, I truly love to see how other people work. Not even just their WIP pieces (which are always a treat), but literally the conditions in which they make art. Is it tiny and cramped, walls covered in magazine clippings and posters? Is it clutter free and organized? Is it your kitchen? (Like me? )
I definitely love to check it out every now and then, and thought maybe you would too!