Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Illustrator Research #16- Sara Tyson

Sara Tyson began her career as an illustrator more than 20 years ago. She studied at the Ontario College of Art and worked for many years as both illustrator and graphic designer in national magazines. She had a dual role as a professional, and this increased her understanding of the function of illustration in communication arts.

Her work has a highly organized space; Shape, texture, contrast and color all play major parts in her concepts. Sara is inspired by early Christian and Byzantine art as well as 20th century painting. Her painting style of her working method is very graphic, and it creates the sense of both detailed illustration and simple shapes.

Some of her clients include Bank Director Magazine, CA Magazine, Festival of the Sound, The Globe & Mail, Harcourt Publishers, Harvard Business Review, Pacific Opera Victoria, Reader’s Digest, Rogers Media Inc., Utne Reader, Vanderbilt Magazine, and The Washington Post.

I really like the style of her work, and it feels very unique along with her concepts. The work all has a nice blend to it, as the figures often blend into the background while still establishing a nice hierarchy. Her coloring is also very interesting by the dark sense still has nice contrasts.

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