Anything painted directly, on the spot, always has a strength, a power, a lively touch that is lost in the studio. Your first impression is the right one. Stick to it and refuse to budge.
- Eugene Boudin
Nothing makes me so happy as to observe nature and to paint what I see.
- Henri Rousseau
 

 

Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Chris Turnham

Posted by Charley Parker at 9:45 am

Chris TurnhamI came across Chris Turnham’s art pretty much by accident, (a link in one of the blog aggregators I think), so his work was a pleasant surprise. Turnham is an illustrator and gaming concept artist living in Washington state. There are examples on the site of some of his 3-D game design work for games like Evil Dead Regeneration, but what I found really appealing is his 2-D illustration.

His stylized images are sometimes in a 60′s modern vein, sometimes almost 19th century in feeling, but always have a beautifully controlled sense of color, value and spacial relationships. His judicious use of texture adds visual interest to open areas and he introduces atmospheric perspective with deceptively simple color and tone choices.

The result is a real visual pleasure. The site contains a variety of his illustrations. I found a mention somewhere that indicates the first four illustrations in the portfolio are part of a series that are interpretations of Decemberists songs.

I suspect he has been influenced by artists like Tadahiro Uesugi, but I don’t actually know that. The bio information in his site is slim, but indicates that he is young and just starting his career. I hope that means we’ll see a lot more from him.

 

2 comments for Chris Turnham »

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  1. Comment by adam!
    Thursday, February 9, 2006 @ 3:09 am

    just wanted to say “nice blog you got here!”, so: nice blog you got here!

  2. Comment by Charley Parker
    Thursday, February 9, 2006 @ 9:54 am

    Thanks, adam. Glad you enjoy it.

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