Experimental graphics of Simone Rea
Simone Rea is an Italian illustrator. He was born in Albano-Laziale, where he lives and works. He graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome.
My love for Simone Rea began with an introduction to his illustrations of Aesop’s Fables. They are nature-like, but simple stylized forms; dense faded colors and their complex combinations; lack of space and volume; balanced not overwhelming composition
But most of all your attention is kept by the textures created by a variety of tools.
Let’s start with the fact that Simone Rea works with acryle. He puts contrasting colors on each other unevenly, in small strokes, layer by layer. And then fine-grained sandpaper processes the necessary fragments. As a result, he gets a complex texture, where one layer peers through the other. In some places on the achieved rough surface he uses color pencils. If you need the paint to lie unevenly, Simone Rea rubs the fragment with a wax pencil. He also uses an awl, scratching them, for example, to imitate wool. I may not that that acrylic should be covering, it is better to use not water, but special mediums to dilute it. Paper weight must be high enough to withstand all manipulations.
Sometimes, in addition to acrylic, Simone Rea uses oil, applying and rubbing it with a napkin in the middle as a final layer.
This video illustrates the technique of the artist in detail.
Simone Rea makes illustrations to the last few books in a different technique: with colored pencils and pastels. And this is an example of a professional, who is adaptive to the task. Realizing that the usual images and techniques do not fit the work, he found another pictorial language, perhaps more understandable to the youngest audience.
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