It may sound cliché, but I try to see the wonder in everything around me. Whether I document it through photography, it becomes the inspiration for a new illustration, or it leads me to crafting a new story or poem, it’s all part and parcel of my art.
Beauty is all around you. You just need to be willing to see it.
Digital illustration or conventional, putting line to paper is where everything starts. Intentional in applying the principles of drawing & illustration, I’ve built a base for my own style of portraiture, digital painting (Adobe Fresco / Procreate) and illustrative image-making.
My illustrations focus on accurate representation of the subject matter. High attention is paid to detail, often with an intentional twist of color or line work that brings the viewer out of their comfort zone to see the image from a new perspective.
The moment I picked up my first 35mm camera, a Ricoh CR-5, I knew I was on to a communication tool that would change not only my life, but the lives of those around me. Photography and my world of image-making had brought my passion for creativity full circle.
I’ve since moved on to various 35mm and medium format film cameras as well as digital (DSLR) formats and more.
From black and white or color, fine art photography, landscape and architectural images, to product / studio photography, there isn’t a format and style I don’t enjoy shooting.
My “Cartooning” has many styles. While I always aspired to work in the styles of Berkeley Breathed (Bloom County) or Gary Larson (The Far Side), two amazing and distinct cartoonists, I’d have to say my biggest influence comes from Don Martin of Mad Magazine fame. Martin and his team took cartooning, caricatures and illustrations to a whole new universe. From Spy VS. Spy to Captain Klutz and the entire Mad world, my eyes, heart, and mind (for better or worse) never quite got over MAD.
Today my main style of cartoon is what I’ve called #DerpHeads – grotesque characteristics of portraits simply and quickly drawn with some kind of snappy punch line. While I still play with more illustrative and full figured cartoons, these #DerpHeads seem to be the core of my Cartooning product.
04. CREATIVE WRITING
Sometimes creating an image just doesn’t cut it when I have an idea rolling around in my head. I hear words and phrases in rhythms and rhymes that need to be expressed. So, from an early age, writing and expressing my creativity through prose and poetry was a perfect solution.
Influenced by a range of authors, poets and journalists, from Kurt Vonnegut and Edgar Allen Poe, to Dr. Seuss, Stephen King, Maya Angelou, Shel Silverstiein, and Dan Rather the styles and genres I write in are wide ranging and diverse. More for myself than for the world, my creative writing is free-flow, stream of consciousness that I try to work into meaningful connections for the reader, whomever that may be. ;)
Link to my Medium.com Page
05. MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS
Aaaaah, yes… The business side of creativity.I’ll have more on my marketing communications portfolio soon. For now, you can click the link below to jump to my LinkedIn page and more of the “Professional” side of ABClark. ;)