Debut Art

An Abstract Spotlight

“There is no abstract art.  You must always start with something.  Afterward you can remove all traces of reality.”

—Pablo Picasso

 

For many, abstract art can be difficult. Difficult to create and difficult to understand. It’s inherently different than most other types of art, almost by definition. Thus, many people look at it with reserve and misunderstanding.

It’s been argued that no one can truly tell you how to look at a piece of abstract art, not even the artist behind the creation. Whether that is true or not is up for debate. At the end of the day, abstract art, like almost all art, is deeply personal and it’s up to the beholder to abstract from it what they will.

All that being said, here’s just a handful of our favorite pieces of abstract art from some incredibly talented Directory of Illustration artists.

Next Disruptive Thing  by John Hersey

Next Disruptive Thing John Hersey

Untitled from Olivia Knapp

Olivia Knapp

Brainy Beauty  by Dave Plunkert

Brainy Beauty Dave Plunkert

Pattern 04  by Christina K

Pattern 04 Christina K

Paintbox  by Linda Carruth

Untitled from Simon Prades

Simon Prades

 

You can see more from all of these artists and others on the Directory of Illustration website.

Yann Legendre for Star Wars 40th Anniversary

Lucasfilm commissioned Yann Legendre to illustrate 24 stickers in honor of the 40th anniversary of the Star Wars movie, A New Hope.

The stickers are available in the App Store for iMessage and come complete with all 24 illustrations featuring classic characters and lines from the film.

Yann is represented by Debut Art. See more of his through his Directory of Illustration portfolio and at debutart.com.

©Yann Legendre

©Yann Legendre

Andrew Archer Illustrates a Daytona 500 Spot for FOX Sports

Andrew Archer worked with FOX Sports to create style frames and assets for a new TV spot about Denny Hamlin and his childhood dream of winning the Daytona 500.

Andrew is represented by Début Art. Take a peek at more of his work through his Directory of Illustration portfolio and at debutart.com.

©Andrew Archer

©Andrew Archer

©Andrew Archer

©Andrew Archer

 

Oscar Wilson for The Village Voice

Oscar Wilson was commissioned by The Village Voice, America’s first alt newsweekly, to create a portrait of Donald Trump to accompany an article titled “Stop Making Sense”.

Oscar created the portrait using Trumps’ own words that were selected by the Voice’s editors.

Oscar is represented by Début Art. To view more of Oscar’s work, take a look at his Directory of Illustration portfolio and at debutart.com.

©Oscar Wilson

Illustrated Maps That Captivate & Inform

Featured image: ©Carlo Stanga

Illustrated maps use artistic style to create an accurate representation of an area while emphasizing what’s important and eye-catching.

In this way, illustrated maps give us the ability to virtually travel across the globe and visit places we’ve never been. They also serve to help us navigate our world and help us discover new, exciting things in our own familiar surroundings.

Here are a few examples of informative & captivating maps by Directory of Illustration artists.

Explore more illustration specialties, techniques & subjects through our keyword search.

Sam Chivers for The Guardian

Sam Chivers created a series of 7 illustrations that were turned into animations for an interactive article on The Guardian website, created in conjunction with Heathrow, about how airports are moving towards sustainability in the future.

Sam is represented by Debut Art. View more of his work through his Directory of Illustration portfolio and at debutart.com.

UNA for FIA Formula E Racing 2015-2016

UNA (Use New Art) was commissioned by VCCP London & FIA Formula E Racing to create illustrations to be used to create promotional material for the 2015-2016 racing season that features 11 races in 10 countries. The project is still on-going and, once completed, will consist of 10 race location images and 20 driver illustrations.

Each of the artwork were inspired by the corresponding location, with each being based around a landmark or cultural iconography.

UNA is represented by Debut Art. Check out more of UNA’s work through their Directory of Illustration portfolio and at debutart.com.

©UNA

©UNA

©UNA

©UNA

©UNA

©UNA

©UNA

©UNA

©UNA

©UNA

©UNA

©UNA

 

8 Abstract Artists That Go Beyond the Unexpected

Featured image: ©Josh McKenna|MP Arts

Abstract art takes on a world of its own. It does not attempt to create an accurate depiction of visual reality but seeks to break away from the norm by using traditional methods such as shapes, forms, colors & textures.

These 8 DI illustrators have successfully gone beyond the realistic to open up a new world for exploring.

Use our Keyword Search to discover more artists by style, technique, and subject!

Neil Webb: VO+ Magazine

Neil Webb recently created artwork to accompany an article in VO+ Magazine about the look of jewelry in the future.

Neil is represented by Debut Art. Take a peek at more of his work through his Directory of Illustration portfolio and site: debutart.com.

©Neil Webb

©Neil Webb

©Neil Webb

©Neil Webb

©Neil Webb

©Neil Webb