Borders interest me greatly, and influences vary from
the illustrations of George Cruikshank, to
the stained glass windows of Harry Clarke.
Sometimes I get carried away with preliminary sketches.
Can't say I like drawing better than painting. Good thing there are both available.
Maurice Sendak; designs for The Nutcracker
The 70s and 80s saw a surge in border designs by contemporary artists. Maurice Sendak's wonderful sketches have always been a huge influence.
Trina Schart Hyman; Detail crop from Saint George and the Dragon
Same with the amazing illustrations of Trina Schart Hyman.
Borders give an artist the ability to extend the "story" within an artwork, but often are simply wonderful, decorative touches.
Playing around with new border ideas and methods remains a favorite endeavor.
I'll be posting more influences and borders next time. Until then, please check out and follow me on Instagram tomsarmo_art.
Thanks for the visit!