Ultra-Simplified Style: Illustration by Ben Wiseman
Ben Wiseman is an artist and graphic illustrator based in Brooklyn, NY. His bright, ultra-simplified style has graced the covers of magazines including TIME and Newsweek.
I’m really impressed by Wiseman’s ability to convey an idea in the most concise possible image. A majority of his graphic works feature a single subject placed in the center of a monochromatic plane. Oftentimes, the subject itself will be reduced to a silhouetted form, or a three-dimensional shape with different tones providing the illusion of volume.
I also find the “People” section of Wiseman’s website quite charming. He uses the same simplified treatment for his human figures, reducing them to skin tone and the silhouette of a body or the lines of clothing. Yet, even devoid of almost all context, these figures still manage to have a great deal of impact and presence, especially with the occasional extraneous detail that is thrown in, such as a tattoo or a mole.