“Creating a New Visual Reality”: Dark and Cinematic Illustrations by Katherine Lam

It was Jacques Tourneur’s film I Walked with a Zombie that sparked illustrator Katherine Lam’s interest in the history of cinema, the gate that lead her to the films of the likes of Hitchcock, Bergman, Kurosawa and Tarkovsky.

Classic cinema opened up a new visual world and the possibility to experiment with art in ever changing ways, and, most importantly, in ways that are specific to the medium of illustration – because artists who choose to create in a visual medium should accept and pursue the challenges of form-creating work, Katherine believes. Bernie Fuchs, whose creative restlessness was one of his biggest assets, and Edward Hopper, the visual bard of American solitude and a masterful painter of light and shadow, are two other big influences on her work.

An element of surprise permeates Katherine Lam’s art. Her illustrations have a distinctive mood, she has a way of working suspense and voyeurism into her pieces, beautifully contrasting dark corners and streaks of light. Hitchcock comes to mind again – his suspenseful visual narrative tactics remain unmatched to this day. Katherine invests her pieces with a sense of suddenness in sights that compress time, her subjects feel taken by surprise, and we, the viewers, are too, from afar. It’s as if we are waiting for something to happen and the moment keeps being prolonged. And it all happens in a single image. That’s the work of a true visual storyteller.

More: Katherine Lam, Instagram, Behance h/t: classiq

(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)

Leave Your Comment Below

If you want more awesome content, subscribe to 'Oh, Design You Trust,' our brand new Facebook page! Trust me, you won't be disappointed.

More Inspiring Stories

Pantone Unveils Its 2021 Colors of the Year: Pandemic Gray and Bright Yellow
Funny And Relatable Charts About Everyday Life By Artist Irina Blok
"Awards for Good Boys" : Hilarious Illustrations by Shelby Lorman
"Somewhere Somehow": The Superb Dark and Surreal Photoworks of Lidija
Fantastic And Frightening Horror Portraits Painted With Wine
Warlords Take New York – World Of Warcraft Street Ad
Superb Vector Illustrations By The Polish Artist Krzysztof Nowak
Artist Fuses Animals With Everyday Objects To Make Adorable Logos
"This Is What I See When I Create Art": Beautiful Paintings Of Natural Russian Landscapes By Stepan Nesterchuk
Norwegian Artist Nikolai Lockertsen Creates Amazing Concept Art By Using iPad As A Canvas
By The Danger In Her Eyes: The Hauntingly Beautiful Portraits By Elena Sai
Cute Illustrations With the Soviet Mood From Anna Desnitskaya
Korean Illustrator Captures Love And Intimacy So Well That You Can Almost Feel It
This Man Photoshops Himself Into Series Of Hilarious Scenarios With Celebrities
Honest Food And Beverage Logos With Calorie Count On Them
Artist Alexander Orlov Reimagined Famous Brand Logos in a New Futuristic Way
Massive 3D Street Art that Could Become a Guinness World Record
Turkish Artist Uses Forks And Knives As Writing Tools To Create Amazing Calligraphy Typeworks
New Hilarious Mashups By Stephen McMennamy
Bitter Truths By Truth Potato That Will Make You Think
Royal Princess Charlotte Casiraghi’s 'Forever Now' Campaign for Gucci
McDonald's Campaign with Cossette Montreal Reminds Movers to Take a Break During Moving Day
French Artist Restores Flea Market Paintings And Adds His Own Stories To Them
"Client Error": The Superb Digital Artworks of RETOKA
Artist Transformes Famous Paintings Into Batman Pop Art
"Boulevard Of Broken Dreams": The Superb Paintings Of David FeBland
Artist Draws Silly Comics About Her Life With Husband And Their Pets
Ugly Renaissance Babies
The Chill And Retro Motion Pixel Art Of Motocross Saito
New Banksy Artworks Spotted in Gorleston, Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft