The Humor in Clever Creatures
My artwork has one goal: to make people smile. Creating charming characters and silly situations is something I love to do and I want share with other people. Humor, as well as visual narrative, is deeply interesting and I strive to create amusing situations that require little or no text at all. It is important to me that characters speak for themselves and that the audience must try to infer what is happening. Most of my illustrations are snapshots of a bigger story that is only hinted at. Half of the fun is trying to infer how a character got into that situation, and what will be happening next. My style is a blend of cartoon and design, using layers of playful shapes and thoughtful color schemes throughout my work. Color is very important to me as well. By pushing colors in certain directions, the illustration can create a specific mood, giving the audience even more clues about the story than just the characters and setting. Children’s book Illustrators, comics, and cartoons are my largest inspiration pools, as I have always been drawn to the bold yet comforting aesthetics of each. However, like many cartoons and books, my work has a broad accessible humor that can appeal to anyone. By combining lighthearted humor with bold colors and design, it creates an aesthetic that anyone can enjoy.
Grace Carpenter is a Michigan based artist from the sleepy suburbs of Westland. Born in 1992, she has been drawing since she could hold a pencil. Using Adobe Illustrator, Grace creates charming and humorous illustrations that spread smiles.
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