Friday, May 23, 2008

Illustrator Research #28- Julia Berman

Julia Berman specializes in children s and editorial illustrations. She has many sources of inspiration that include dreams, her childhood, faces, figures of speech, and places she loves to visit. Her goal is always to create characters, scenes and moods that viewers of any age can appreciate. She has a B.F.A. in Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design and currently resides in the Kansas City area.

Some of her clients are Trillium Publishing, University of Kansas Medical Center, and Public Archaeology Laboratory Inc.

Her working method involves developing the point of view and the atmosphere of the piece. She then works in thumbnails and gathers reference photos to help her combine reality with her imagination. In her style, she exaggerates perspective and characters. Most of her work is done in layers of oil, acrylic and watercolor. She also enjoys digitizing her work and using Photoshop to improve the look of the image.

Her work is very appealing to the eye for me, especially with her perspectives. I also enjoy her painting style, probably a bit moreso than her digital work's style.

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