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Luke Twyman is an illustrator and graphic designer from the UK who recently finished a beautifully sparse set of snowy landscapes. The dark and calm illustrations evoke the very solitary feeling of winter, and also kind of make me think of the isolated Antarctic research station in John Carpenter's The Thing. We interviewed Luke about his work and all the natural phenomena that inspire him. 

 

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"I decided to settle on accountable phenomena because I found them fascinating, there are lots of different types and most are very visual and lent themselves to the graphic style I was already playing with in the projects Glacial Milk and Ray of Sun. I've always been a fan of cold sparse looking scenes, as well as the appearance of remote research stations and Scandinavian fishing villages, so these are also present in this set as well as the other recent illustrations."

On his process:

"After a very rough sketch plan, I use some white acrylic paint and black sugar paper to create the textures I need. From there the process is digital, scanning in the textures, the isolated structures are made in Adobe Illustrator, then I use a combination of vectors and digital colouring in Adobe Photoshop."

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"I'm really pleased with how these turned out, but they're also pretty safe, I'd like to inject a lot more fantasy and strangeness into this style. I tend to jump styles quite a lot though, and already have a few very different things I'm working on. The common advice to people looking for work in illustration or graphics is to develop a single style and really hone it, and I can see that, but it's not really me, I find it a lot more fun to play illustrator for a while, then jump around."

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"With these projects I was partly inspired by old scientific etchings, illustrations and paintings. These days we get to see photos and footage of these things and so have a pretty good idea of how they look even if we've not seen them with our own eyes. However some of these early interpretations are very stylised or abstract, I guess it's mainly down to these event happening quickly, or being drawn from recollection, but the stylisation of them is something I really like. I also love Japanese woodblock print illustrations, some of which are often very sparse compositions with a few areas of detail, there's definitely a little of that in there."

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On his origins as an illustrator:

"I had a job creating an illustrated centre sticker for some 7" records for a start-up label called Ray of Sun. From my childhood I had always remembered and loved the generic 7" sticker that Apple records used, and with that in mind I wanted to create something that had a slight painterly feel. Taking the name fairly literally I made a scene of Aurora Borealis, and I was really pleased with the style I'd used so decided to see if I could apply it further to some personal projects."

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You can see more of Luke's work at his website, White Vinyl Design.

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