This illustration series was designed by Steve Simpson, a freelance Illustrator base in Dublin, Ireland. This series won Steve an Illustration at Fire Award under the theme Revolution. Check it out, his illustrations are amazing! For more from Steve Simpson visit stevesimpson.com For a while, as a kid I was fascinated by sign language and spent hours learning it with a friend. To us, it was a secret language only we could understand. I think my best illustrations always have a element of the unpredictable about them, a serendipitous input. Something that wouldn’t normally be associated with the subject. While roughing out my thoughts on the Revolution illustration I’d photographed my own hand (in the traditional fist of defiance pose) for reference. As I sketched away my mind flashed back to the bookmark I’d used to learn sign language as a kid. It had had the full alphabet in a grid pattern, each hand position had a small black and white line art illustration with the letter underneath. I quickly found reference for the Sign Language Alphabet online and played around with a grid pattern. I’d earlier thought the idea of a silent revolution was a powerful idea but hadn’t found a way to represent it. The “Signs” idea seemed to cover this also. In the grid format I still had 2 squares to fill. So I dropped in a 17th century General (to represent past revolutions) at the end and a hash tag, representing modern media’s role in calling forth, reporting on, and tracking down revolutionists. The other element I should mention is the illustration style. I have quite a mixed background when it comes to style influences. I studied technical illustration, worked on The Beano and had several years in TV animation before finding illustration about 20 years ago. I’d like to think that successfully merging together multiple styles within the grid represents a more personal struggle to find a style that is mine. Possibly for me, this is the real resolution and evolution of this REVOLUTION.
Michael Thompson also known as Freestylee wants to create global awareness to many social issues and he has been doing that through his art. Designing some really cool and powerful posters to send the message of peace activism. Take a look to see what he has done and share your thoughts with us. Freestylee: Artist Without Borders / Artiste sans frontièresI want to make a difference with art and to bring awareness to the many social issues affecting large section of our planet. This is very important to me; using my creativity for positive change and peace activism. Art should speak loudly and make an impact for those who pause for a moment to look and think. Art should not only make pretty statements, but also make an impact on the lives of those who struggle or are oppressed. Art should shout; posters like the ones I create here should chronicle the economic and social divide that threaten the global community. I use beautiful photographs, art and posters to express these realities loudly.A revolution (from the Latin revolutio, "a turn around") is a fundamental change in power or organizational structures that takes place in a relatively short period of time.