Friday, July 31, 2009

From The Vault: Neon Esther Williams - 1994

This is one of my earliest attempts at my cut-paper illustration style, done when I was trying all kinds of different things to see what worked and what didn't.

It was intended as a portrait of 40s/50s Hollywood star Esther Williams, but in the end that's not what is the "point" of this piece--no, it's the almost neon-bright color scheme that I unwittingly employed this time around. Detail is at a minimum, and the colors seem to scream out at you.

This isn't an approach you can use too many times--its just too garish--but it has a more Pop Art type feel to me than a lot of other stuff I've done, and its weird I never went back and tried at least a couple more in this style.

"Eat at Joe's!"

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