Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Mark Franklin

Franklin's technical illustrations are extremely realistic and well-rendered in Photoshop, and many look traditional in their handling, which i find impressive. The architectural pieces specifically are functional in two ways: one is historical and structural accuracy presented so that the viewer can look into the past, and the other is cut-away views of buildings in order to illustrate the inner-workings and make-up of the given structure. He was born in Swindon, Wiltshire, in 1962, and was influenced by the illustrations in his books and comics, specialised in technical subjects. Joining the prestigious School of Technical Illustration at Bournemouth & Poole College of Art & Design in 1981, Mark was introduced to the Photo-Realist movement in Pop Art. Influenced by Philip Castle and Michael English, amongst others, he mastered the art of airbrush illustration, along with the exacting geometry of perspective theory. Graduating in 1985, Mark moved to London to work as a freelance illustrator. A surprisingly smooth transition from airbrush to digital art means that he has been providing a reliable and cost-effective service to a variety of media, print, publishing and advertising clients for over twenty years.

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