Artists Profile

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Artists Statement
 

Some of the earliest memories I have are of making pictures inspired by the comics that I read as a child.  I pursued this through my education which ultimately led to the completion of a Degree in Illustration at the Herefordshire College of Art and Design in 2001 for which I received a 2:2 BA Hons.

I joined the Knighton Lane Artists Group (KLA) in the autumn of 2007 as a studio member.

I have exhibited in a number of exhibitions with the group since joining and work is ongoing on a number of projects at the moment that will hopefully be seen in exhibitions celebrating 30 years of the Knighton Lane Artists Group.

A lot of the work that I produce would sit in the illustrative field.  I alternate between line art drawings and paintings.  When working on drawings my artistic interests lie in the use of line and flat colour.  I combine original drawings in pencil or ink with digital tools to create digital prints.  As well as digital prints I create original drawings and work on various surfaces with acrylic paint.  The majority of my work is informed by nature, the human form, animals and landscapes.  The basis of the work comes from life and photographic reference.

As I mentioned earlier my initial exposure to the world of art and artists came from my interest in comic books.  Many artists who have worked in the medium have left an impression on me.  I believe that the early to the medium helped me considerably when I started life drawing classes at college as I already had a good understanding of the human form.  The medium asks so much of an artist that when it works, it works well.  Detailed anatomy and character design, graphic design and cover illustration, story telling and world building.  All are employed by the comic book illustrator.

Inspirational illustrators from this field include Bill Sienkiewicz, Neal Adams, Barry Windsor-Smith, Jim Lee, Geoff Senior, Andrew Wildman, Michael Golden, Arthur Adams, the late Jean 'Moebius' Giraud, Kevin Eastman & Peter Laird and Jeff Smith to name but a few. 

Bill Sienkiewicz's anatomy, use of likeness and quality of line in Marvel Comics' New Mutants story 'The Demon Bear Saga' made me look at comics in a new way.  The art looked real, which at the time (circa 1992/1993) was a revelation.

Away from comics Sir Peter Blake and Larry Rivers have informed my practice. I hold the work of poster artist Drew Struzan and The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood in high regard. The drawings and prints of Käthe Kollwitz also interest me greatly.

Links

http://www.nealadams.com/