Artificial Topography

(graphite, ink, digital)

This is a piece I did last spring. I wanted to go back to the basics and create new work using mainly my hands as inspiration. Tracing the outlines of different symbols and gestures to create an image. I started doing this while learning relief printing. It helped when creating my first blocks to carve something so familiar to me. I want to keep going in this direction and see what I can come up with as my experience grows.

JFR -@illustratedconnection.com

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The Cry

(pencil, colouring pencils, digital)

Recently I’ve been playing with the repetition of minimal designs in the hopes of creating more detailed images. This is one in a recent series of three, they were inspired by landscapes and the symmetries/patterns that exists in the natural world and the human body. I’m hoping to transfer this image to a wood block and do some printing later this month.

JFR -@illustratedconnection.com

Haphazard

img_0267-174A45AC9-2308-42E1-A210-261D8A830CEA“I can’t see in this mess!!”

I had to pack light on my journey home for the holidays. I find it easier to get things done when there isn’t much choice around to distract my focus. I brought with me a single moleskin which I had been doodling in throughout the semester and have decided to rework the pen doodles I’ve scribbled down throughout the pages. This way I have a plan to stick to, no matter the quality of the work. In the end I want to find a way to make something out of each one, even if the page was used up by just a word.

(ink, marker, digital)

JFR -@illustratedconnection.com

See Gulls

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Version 2:

During my holidays I want to play around with outlines of my favourite things and shapes to create minimalistic patterns. I needed a break from conceptualizing everything and just draw a thing or two purely for the fun and aesthetic of it. This is the first two I’ve made in a hopefully ever growing series. See Gulls was inspired by a photo that I took on the coast of Morocco of a huge flock of birds trying to catch their supper. There were so many in fact, that they practically covered up the ocean that flowed behind them. It’s a vivid memory that I will always love. I plan on printing this series on a long thin strip of paper and then block printing the original photo atop different segments of the pattern.

(Digital)

JFR -@illustratedconnection.com