EDWARD BLAKE EDWARDS
Edward Blake Edwards is more than just a really cool name. He is also an exciting letterer, illustrator and designer, producing some really groovy digital art. When I asked him what message he hoped to deliver through his work, he answered simply and truthfully: “A sense of fun, uniqueness and playfulness.”
The UK artist comes from a very traditional background, previously working with oils, pen and ink. “Where as oil paint can be reworked until it dries, with 3D you have chance for pretty unlimited possibilities and iterations.” Desiring a more immediate, pliable and fun medium, Edwards shifted into the digital sphere of creation and he’s very happy there.
Being the child of a psychologist, I love to explore works of art like a sneaky detective of the mind. Perhaps the seeming fascination Edwards has with hands, which he portrays in a number of his images, is due to his traditional background, where the hand of the artist is something to be considered sacred. By recreating the representation of hands in a digital context, Edwards questions that very sacredness. He told me that after being an oil painter for so long he prefers not to subscribe to a particular “ism”.
“Anything and everything can inspire me from the incidental aesthetics of the software being used say, for example, the colour coding of the poly groups in Zbrush, to a display I recently came across at the Grandes Serres du Jardin des Plantes. The display focused on the surface area and volume of parts of cactus leaves and had a cube and sphere in white plastic on a shelf of orange plastic set against a backdrop of cacti. I just loved the aesthetic created between the juxtaposition of the inorganic and the organic, the surface qualities and the colours at play.”
Edward Blake Edwards is generating art that is hypnotizing, beautiful and full of unlimited possibilities.
Words / Ana Gomides