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Artist Envy: Joshua Goymer

This is a new feature of my blog where I aim to talk more about artists work I come across and am hugely envious of. Part of my problem as a creative individual is being highly visual and inspired by things around me constantly. I am always on sites like Instagram and Pinterest finding new people who inspire me with new ideas about how I can develop my practice.

The first post in the Artist Envy series is illustrator Joshua Goymer. I first came across his work on Instagram. He sparked my interest in narrative and illustration in recent months, and since then have been really intrigued by illustration and how different people interpret a narrative to their audience. As someone who comes from a Fine Art background, discovering his work and illustrations has made me persevere with more representational drawing and expanding my style.

My Favourite Place, Joshua Goymer

This is one of my favourite pieces by Joshua just because of how the piece made me feel and how I was able to connect to the subject matter. The composition encapsulates a real sense of tranquility and calmness for me when I view the piece. I admire how Joshua is able to use coloured pencil as a medium and how he is able to create such atmospheric meaningful pieces. I love to use colour in my work but have always struggled with coloured pencils. However recently I have experimented with using coloured pencils with other media such as ink and watercolour to see if I can create a similar depth. 

His detailed studies make the viewer appreciate the subject matter but also explore a narrative for the individual and how they interpret it might be completely different to how I view these works. However this is what I find so appealing about his work compared to mine. I am currently working in a more abstract style and am interest with the idea of repetitive mark making and the meaning this can have for a viewer. I want my work to have a spontaneous, fluid presence. However I am also wanting to expand this further just so it is not just abstract and fragmented. Representational drawing is just as effective  in exploring an emotional response. This image by Joshua has a real fluidity to it. Once again it appeals to me because of the subject matter. Nature plays a huge part in my practice. This work appeals to me because of the composition and how the grass has been contained but there is still so much movement in the piece.

You can view more of Joshua's work on Instagram, Facebook and Tumblr.


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