Body Art - Illustration Process


The illustration below is my response to the body art and modification research I did recently. I was influenced by the tribal lip-plugs and neck extenders, that I saw in Pitt Rivers museum. Further, the concept of the female body as a canvas, in addition to being represented in art, is fascinating to me. The figure of the woman in my drawing is inspired by Rolf Armstrong's paintings. His glamour girls from the 20s are synonymous with the American "Good Girl" art (American Art Archives). I imagined how such pinup girl would look with body modifications typical of an African tribe. As discussed previously, such modifications may seem extreme to our Western culture, but are comparable to extreme plastic surgery, corset binding etc, found in our society. 

Sabina Radeva,  Body Art & Modification , 2015.

Sabina Radeva, Body Art & Modification, 2015.

Further, I was inspired by the "Hand Marks" fashion and surface design trend and the work of Laura Slater. I painted ink lines, dots, geometric elements and mixed those with tribal art elements. This idea shares similarities to Terry Hays's fashionable tribal patterns. However, my patterns are less dense and are stylistically different. One could also trace my inspiration to the YASCO nudes covered with Henna designs. Unlike these, the final look of my illustration is rather close to Pop Art.

My influences and inspiration, documented previously in this blog, can be recognised in the language of the final artwork. However, the illustration feels distinctly mine and departs from any of the examples that I collected during the visual research. To that end, I am satisfied with the process and will use it further in other self-directed projects.

Sabina Radeva,  Illustration Process - Sketches , 2015.

Sabina Radeva, Illustration Process - Sketches, 2015.

Pitt Rivers,  Haida tribe lip-plugs.  Photo by Sabina Radeva 2015

Pitt Rivers, Haida tribe lip-plugs. Photo by Sabina Radeva 2015

Sabina Radeva,   Illustration Process - Patterns  , 2015.

Sabina Radeva, Illustration Process - Patterns, 2015.

Delaunay Triangulation Experiments

Following my reflections on Cubism (Picasso) and the fragmented femininity, I wanted to incorporate geometry in my illustrations. The main objective of trying new techniques is to make my artwork more spontaneous and transform it in unexpected ways.

Recently, I found the work of Jonathan Puckey, who uses Delaunay Triangulation in Scriptographer to create fascinating abstract images. Scriptoghrapher is a plugin for Illustrator, which uses JavaScript language to create graphics. I applied Delaunay Triangulation to some of my existing artwork using a script by Jake Rathmanner and Dan Borufka. The minimalistic images, which resulted, are not typical for my style.

Triangulation of classic painting resulted in interesting compositions (see Surreal Odalisque below). I would like to continue these experiments and create surreal geometric scenes where I combine together various triangulated elements from different paintings and my own drawings.

Sabina Radeva, Lady Bug, 2015

Sabina Radeva, Lady Bug, 2015

Sabina Radeva, Lady Bug Triangulation, 2015.

Sabina Radeva, Triangulation Woman Portrait, 2015

Sabina Radeva, Triangulation Woman Portrait, 2015

Sabina Radeva, Surreal Odalisque, 2015

Sabina Radeva, Surreal Odalisque, 2015