As an illustrator you need to understand the human body – but having looked at and understood nature, you must develop an ability to look away and capture the balance between what you’ve seen and what you imagine
I completely understand and agree with what Blake is saying here, and so too does the artist who I have chosen to research this week, Gabriel Moreno.
Humanity and nature become one in his beautiful metamorphic illustrations.
The human body is a common theme and subject in Moreno’s work with sensual and coy poses that deliver a mysterious and emotive outcome. Many of his illustrations feature more than one main subject, though the various subjects hold unique characteristics. When facial expressions are featured, they are often dramatic and easily distinguishable, whether it’s sadness, anger or fear.
“Creation is my life and that is why it is so easy for me to pour my heart and art into it.”
While some elements of Moreno’s work mirror real life, other parts aim to achieve a more dramatic, surreal and exaggerated effect. Lines loop and align with each other and intersect at strange angles to create a geometrical and abstract effect.
“In a way, I draw what beauty makes me ‘feel’— illustration gives me the opportunity to make it mine somehow and give it a new form and outlet.”
From the day we were able to effectively communicate with our parents and the world around us, we were told we are special little snowflakes. Individuals, unique, unlike each other, all different in our own way.
When we have been groomed to think we are separate from one another like this it is easy to regard humankind as a species that exists apart from the rest of the natural world. Dwell on that idea for too long though, and it can grow into an awkward feeling of detachment.
Next time you’re feeling isolated from nature, let these illustrations, which seamlessly weave the bodies of humans with those of plants and other animals, serve as a reminder that even when humanity and nature seem separated from one another, the two are, in fact, inextricably linked.