Thursday, September 23, 2010

Lois van Baarle

Alex and I have been discussing our mutual love of Illustrator/Animator Lois van Baarle lately. She's a Dutch animator who specializes in really, really cute drawings of Disney-esque ladies and has mind-blowing digital painting skills.

One thing you learn from looking at her art, however, is that no matter how skilled you can be technique-wise, if you don't work out your anatomy or the basics of your image, it can still fall apart slightly in the final. (A few of her images lack the attention in her hands than are shown in her faces, and tend to distract from the images as a whole.)


  1. A little harsh on the hands, there, Kayla. Sometimes she, uh, shorthands them a bit, but there seem to be plenty of examples that show she knows what she's doing. Or am I missing the examples that were sticking in your aesthetic craw?

  2. Okay, true, inability was a bit harsh. Though there does seem to be a lot less care paid to them than the faces...not saying her work isn't amazing, it just seems to be the case.

  3. No! She Is Amazing!!!! Blasphemy! I Say BLASPHEMY!

    I can see what you are saying, but I do like her focus. If the face and hands are equal in detail, than the viewers eye can get confused on the focal point of a work. She seems to focus on faces and then some environmental element (Fabric, little jelly balloons). I understand, but I like the unfinished quality of the hands.

    (The Narrator of Alex's life...)
    Alex Snickers at Joel's Pun involving hands and shorthands.