Updated: December 7, 2017
Black Shapes, Mark 1
These paper cutouts were created as featured images for the Multiple States studio handbook. The handbook was growing quickly so they needed to be quick to produce in amongst the other studio tasks.
I had a pretty good picture of what I wanted to do from the get go. I knew I wanted simple bold shapes. I began sketching the shapes up within landscape boxes. I traced them as vectors in Sketch but they were lifeless as is so often the case with vector art. Even when I used very quick, loose mouse clicks to try and retain some energy they bombed.
For this reason I used a scalpel and created them as papercuts. I glued them to white card and then scanned them in. The final product retains the slight texture of the card as well as the artefacts from the particular scanner I used. This makes them far more interesting than the vector versions.
I thought about using colour but black and white was more effective than any combo I could find. It also added some seriousness to the illustrations and this suited the subject matter.
The ‘Celebration’ illustration became our Christmas present to our clients and friends. We got The Private Press to screen-print it on massive newsprint. Keeping it lo-fi meant people could use it as a poster or wrapping paper.