So, from being given the ‘outside & inside’ brief I have looked at Indian Hindu culture and about their caste system, which although was very interesting and was a good idea for the brief I decided I should think about the culture within my own country.
Which lead me to re-discover a child hood books like Beatrix Potter and artists like Omar Rayyan, both artists re-create woodland creatures and give them personalities and clothing like real people. I love this way of drawing because it’s all about using your imagination and drawing things that aren’t real but lovely to imagine. I believe these images to be typically English because of the choice of animals, and the sweet way in which they have been portrayed.
Omar Rayyan uses watercolour as his main medium of choice,many of his illustrations are used by publishers for books.
Upon graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design, Omar Rayyan settled on the island of Martha’s Vineyard with his wife Sheila. The bucolic surroundings compliment and help inspire his “old world” aesthetic toward painting.
Beatrix Potter: An author who’s stories were a huge part of my child hood, i thoroughly enjoyed looking at the beautiful illustrations of peter rabbit and all of the other characters.
Helen Beatrix Potter (28 July 1866 – 22 December 1943) was an English author, illustrator, natural scientist and conservationist best known for her imaginative children’s books, featuring animals such as those in The Tale of Peter Rabbit, which celebrated the British landscape and country life.