Thursday, 1 October 2009

Nick Dewar (OUGD101)

I discovered Nick Dewar through one of the cover and main article illustrations in New Scientist magazine which are usually great. Like Niemann in the earlier post, he isn't extremely well known but his work appeals to me.

Primarily being an illustrator he works by hand painting with mainly acrylics although he does also produce digital work. Although he paints by hand a lot, his work is fine tuned and very hard edged. He's similar to Niemann in the respect that they both seem to have this great ability to come up with clever little, witty illustrations. Here are the original New Scientist illustrations, which are how I got to know his work:

'New Scientist, 4th February 2009'

This image is a photograph of my own copy of the magazine as it does not appear to be on the internet.

The following images accompany the article entitled 'Born Believers' in the magazine which debates the idea that we are genetically wired to believe in God. It's a really interesting article and you used to be able to read it on the News Scientist website but apparently you have to subscribe to the magazine to do that now! I think Dewar does a great job with the illustrations which are also hand painted - not digital.

'Born Believers Article Illustration 1'

This image is my own photograph as I could not find it on the internet but it can be found in the above issue of New Scientist which I photographed the front cover of.

'Born Believers Article Illustration 2'

The above image is also photographed due it not being on the internet. Apologies.

The following images are some of Dewar's hand painted illustrations from his website portfolio. The work is self motivated as an example to potential recruits for briefs of the sort of work he produces.

'Untitled'

This image can be found at: http://www.nickdewar.com/nick_dewar_illustration_pictures.php

'Untitled'

This image can be found at: http://www.nickdewar.com/nick_dewar_illustration_pictures.php

I particularly like the above illustration as it is a reference to Sigmund Freud and his theory of the Oedipus Complex. Although it is not directly expressed, it suggests the idea with the naked woman who I can only assume to be his mother which would make it very apt to the Oedipus Complex theory. He also seems to have based it around this famous photo of Freud:

'Sigmund Freud'

This image can be found at: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/12/Sigmund_Freud_LIFE.jpg

I Think I over analysed that a bit! In short... I like that illustration! Heres some more:

'Untitled'

This image can be found at: http://www.nickdewar.com/nick_dewar_illustration_pictures.php

The above image is great due to its light hearted take on a serious and controversial opinion.

'Untitled'

This image can be found at: http://www.nickdewar.com/nick_dewar_illustration_pictures.php

And here is an example of Dewar's digital work. When you compared it with his hand painted work, it's amazing at how little difference there is.

'Untitled'

This image can be found at: http://www.nickdewar.com/nick_dewar_illustration_pictures.php

The dripping suit really communicates for me this idea that the guy sitting down is very worn out and is sinking into his chair relaxing. It's visually a nice image with pleasing subtle colours. Something of which Dewar often uses.

'Untitled'

This image can be found at: http://www.nickdewar.com/nick_dewar_illustration_pictures.php

And the above image seems to say that there is nothing but work on the mind when you're a designer!

Cheers

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