April 14, 2011

When Minimalism goes Wrong

A few months ago in Japan, I bought some T-shirts in a little souvenir shop called Fujidoll in the Narita airport terminal and walked out with them in this bag with a great graphic of a geisha on it.  Here it is months later and I can't even throw it out because I think it's so cool.  I love graphic art like this.  Lines are broken down to whisks of the artist's hand.  The strokes become mere suggestions of a body pose and swirls for clothing portray a mood.  This style works really well for fashion illustration.  It's also the same mindset a designer takes on when creating a logo... to refine and simplify a design while maintaining a style, emotion or meaning.

Which brings the line art of Ty Wilson to mind.  I was immediately impressed the first time I saw one of Wilson's posters.

He has a great knack for using only a few broad strokes of ink and spots of color to represent a scene.  It's what is left out that is most intriguing.  Who needs to draw lips to show a romantic kiss?

The thick and thin of the ink lines are important because of the way they can draw attention TO something or away from something.  They lead your eye to follow the line somewhere.

While I was browsing a few Ty Wilson samples online, I noticed something really strange about one of his pieces...  Titled "Impromptu", it depicts an art deco couple at a table sipping champagne.  She's already had a few and I guess she's knocked over her glass to tickle the chin of her handsome date. 

Apparently, he doesn't notice her glaring physical deformity, a left arm that has a right hand on it.  I have no explanation for this... and I'm left to wonder about it.  Either Ty screwed up or he did this on purpose...
If publishers are selling this print, surely somebody must have pointed it out? 
Now I'm thinking of doing something like this on my own... maybe a painting of a guy with two left feet... just to see if anyone notices!

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