What is minimalism?
Minimalism describes a style which is distinguished by the severity of clarity, means and form as well as the simplicity in structure and texture. It is the art of expressing a complex topic with few simple objects or geometric figures and the elimination of forms and elements that are not necessarily needed.
In history minimalism is known as a movement primarily ruling in the 1960s and the early 1970s in diverse forms of art and design such as visual art, music, architecture, literature and many more. It is influenced by Modernism and said to be the counterpart of Abstract expressionism.
In design a minimalist artwork is easy to describe but difficult to make.
Minimalism is an art form that thrives on simplicity – yet it’s anything but simple when it comes to the creative process. Through the use of symbolism, precise forms, reduced elements, and thoughtfully-chosen colors, many artists and studios tirelessly work to take an elaborate concept and present it in a straightforward, yet novel, manner. The most important component of minimalist art is arguably the viewer’s reaction to such art because, in the end, an artist’s audience must be able to take what they’re given, interpret it, and figure out what the overall message is. In order for an artist to get such an idea or concept across, they must put faith in their audience, working with them to bring their vision to life.
The Minimalist Style while looks simple, but is anything but it takes an impressive amount of creative depth. And artistic vision.For Instance the work of Mrs Favre maybe simple, but it is far easy!
Malika Favre is a French Illustrator based in London with a penchant for the “Less Is More” maxim. Looking at her body of work this becomes visibly apparent as illustration after illustration displays vivid colors & patterns across swathes of negative space. The combination makes for eye catching designs that one won’t forget anytime soon. Take a look at a few of her recent illustrations for a glimpse into how Malika Favre perceives the world.
Her bold, minimal style – often described as Pop Art meets OpArt – is a striking lesson in the use of positive/negative space and color.
Her unmistakable style has established her as one of the UK’s most sought after graphic artists. Malika’s clients include The New Yorker, Vogue, BAFTA, Sephora and Penguin Books, amongst many others.
Malika Favre New Yorker Cover Illustrations
Malika Favre Sephora Illustrations and Marketing
The Task is simple, so to say. Pick a portriat that has is of someone you know, or has a striking emotion or pose Then create a vector portriat that conveys that with only what is necessary. Maybe its the eyes, or the mouth or maybe just the pose. the ultimate objective is to convey your chosen emotion ... bottom line.
Students must create 1 minimal vector portrait that embodies emotion or an identifiable characteristic. The objective is to see and use only what us necessary to be expressive, is it color, is is a pose, or a facial feature?