He who knows how to appreciate colour relationships, the influence of one colour on another, their contrasts and dissonances, is promised an infinitely diverse imagery.
- Sonia Delaunay
Colour is my day-long obsession, joy and torment.
- Colour is my day-long obsession, joy and torment.
 

 

Monday, June 13, 2011

David Johnson

Posted by Charley Parker at 8:54 am

David Johnson
Illustrator David Johnson speaks in line.

Wonderful contrasts of line, textural hatching, spotted blacks and occasionally color enliven his illustrations and incisive portraits.

His compositions reveal a conscious arrangement of areas of the drawing as shapes — pictorial elements. Faces and figures, as well as background objects, are artfully arranged, and his layouts incorporate a keen awareness of negative space.

Johnson has done work for the New York Times Book Review, CBS Records, Time, The Atlantic Monthly, The Wall Street Journal and National Geographic, among others. He has also illustrated a number of books, and has received a silver medal from the Society of Illustrators in New York.

I particularly admire his portraits, often of historic figures, which project a lively feeling of personality and character.

You can find a gallery of his work on the site of his artists’ representative, Richard Solomon, which also features a bio. In addition, there is a brief description of his working process, using the drawing above, top, as an example. There is also a downloadable PDF portfolio.

You can find additional galleries of his work on Workbook and Altpick.

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  1. Comment by Glendon Mellow
    Wednesday, June 15, 2011 @ 1:35 am

    These are great. Love the three atheist heroes of mine in the bottom panel.

  2. Comment by John Walker
    Wednesday, June 15, 2011 @ 11:14 am

    Einstein is my favourite, so much movement in the lines

  3. Comment by John Briner- Arts
    Wednesday, June 15, 2011 @ 3:34 pm

    Oh–I am smiling–love this!!! This is so entertaining! But my favorite is John Lennon with a guy and Albert Einstein! Very appreciated! Keep on sharing!

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