Fall, Fell; Art Print by Jen Corace
Down, Down, Down; Art Print by Jen Corace
Untitled; Art Print by Jen Corace
Jen Corace lives and works as an artist and freelance illustrator in Providence (Rhode Island, US). There is a sense of mystery and fantasy in the scenes that Jen creates - they give me the feeling of having caught a secret glimpse into someone's world. Often those worlds are contemplative, sometimes somber, or beset by challenge in the form of snow and ice, water, organic forms such as branches, grass or forests, or dangerous creatures such as snakes or octopuses (yes, octopuses! Grammarians, I looked it up, see here) Her characters are never perturbed, however, and this is what makes them so intriguing.
Tentacles (left) and Snakes and Stumps (right) by Jen Corace
Jen is equally skilled at capturing tranquil, and often playful scenes. I particularly like this image of skaters. I love the way Jen uses backgrounds with limited colours that recede, and in contrast the figures, who are vividly coloured, immediately draw the eye in, creating a focus. She does the same with details, creating large areas of simplicity and then juxtaposes it with a concentrated area of detail.
Skaters by Jen Corace
Desktop Wallpaper by Jen Corace for Design Sponge
Awkward in Any Situation; Art Print by Jen Corace
By Jen Corace (Title unknown, sorry)
This and Awkward in Any Situation (above) appear in a Jen Corace 2010 calendar at Art Star.
At Jen's website you can view much of her illustration, fine art, and design. Take a good look and be inspired! I am glad for something to distract me from the distressing headlines at the moment, but to those people who are experiencing the horrors of earthquakes and tsunamis, or have lost loved ones and are unable to be so easily distracted, my heart goes out to you.