THE ART PROCESS: Digital Illustration - Part 1
Digital illustration is the process of producing images by the use of drawing software and a pointing device such as a tablet. Virtually replacing “pen and paper”, digital illustration strays from traditional methods of drawing and painting to create entirely new levels of possibility and function.
This is apparent in the digital work of artist Kazuhiko Nakamura. He deals with a heavy dystopian themes and realities in his 3D illustrations. The process of developing thorough concepts for his images is very important to Nakamura: “I search for my image tenaciously trying to create the best combination of the shapes, textures and lighting.”
In some ways these pieces feel like the imagery of a good sci-fi book, and in other ways the concept artwork for a video game - which they very well could be. Incredibly detailed 3D modeling, layers of varying textures, and strong, inspired concepts create a successful narrative about man and machine.
I’ll continue to highlight some top-notch digital illustrators over the next coming weeks.
- Jess Petrella