I’ve recently started a new blog series called Link Love to share artists (both painters & printmakers) I’m enjoying on youtube. (You can see the first two here & here) This week, I’d like to introduce you to a young animator & illustrator named Alina Chau. Her web site gallery features whimsical illustrations for books and animation projects, as well as a section on her sketchbooks and studies. Her illustration is fresh and light-hearted, and there are hints of folklore, anime, fantasy and make believe in her designs. Her use of color [juxtaposed warm & cool] and her lovely application of pattern [multi-layered glazing done in watercolor] envelope & highlight her focal point beautifully.
She has just a few watercolor demos on youtube, so you can see her process of watercolor glazing on a stylized Princess Leia illustration here, and it’s a pleasure to watch her confident hand fluttering lightly above the art as the pigments come to light on the paper. You can also watch her from concept sketch to final art on a book cover, which involves abandoning an illustration that’s well underway, and starting over to get to something closer to the heart of what she’s looking for here. I could relate to this one a lot, both for the frustration of an unquiet inner voice saying something-isn’t-working, and her joy on the second attempt while using a nostalgic family photo as a reference. Check her yet-to-be-published works in process on facebook too. It’s all quite lovely.
If there is an author, artist, or illustrator you enjoy, please share a link or a name with us in the comments. I’m clinking my coffee mug to yours in a toast to shared #inspiration!
One can always acquire the additional knowledge and information that go into the production of a work of art, but – and I insist on this point – no will, no perseverance, no obstinacy during one’s later years, can ever make good a lack of practice. And is there any anguish like that of the artist who feels the realization of his dream compromised by the impotence of his execution?
~William Bouguereau 1885