In recent years character concepts and designs have been one of my favourite things to do. While these days I love developing all the details of a character, both their personality and physical design, it all began as a simple interest in drawing fashion and portraiture. When I was a teenager, art was such a fun and easy way to explore the fashion and identities that I didn’t have the confidence or money to commit to in reality. These days it has become a relaxing and thoughtless subject between all my client work.
When considering my concepts for Venue, I wanted at least one of the pieces to pay homage to this portion of my artistic interest and expression. However, I also wanted to add a little twist; one that was inspired by a recently discovered interest in the style and storytelling of horror manga artist Junji Ito. His horror has such a subtleness to it, but that makes it all the more unsettling. Rather than blood, gore and cheap jumpscares, he plays on the phobias and existential anxiety triggered by our reality.
Designed in Australia, this artwork is printed on a soft woven canvas. It hangs effortlessly by wooden hangers that snap together with ease using our integrated magnets. Sounds good hey?