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High-Contrast Illustrations: The Art of Danielle J. Scott

An ink drawing of a tree in patterened black and whiteTree on a Hillside, ink on Strathmore paper

Danielle J. Scott works in ink and mixed media, producing striking high-contrast illustrations as well as dense coloured paintings that combine heavy black line art with intricate details and jarringly soft, pastel colour palettes. 

A drawing of an abstract seascape with densely patterned shapesSeascape, ink on Strathmore paper

I really like the drama and impact of Danielle’s black and white ink drawings. Though many of these works are abstract, the combination of dense detail work and large, deep black planes lends the works a presence and weight that suggest figure or at least, personality. Curved, overlapping lines and shapes patterned in a psychedelic array of small forms create the illusion of immense, dizzying depths. The designs feel organic. 

A screen capture of Danielle J. Scott's art portfolio


I really enjoy the pieces in which Danielle combines soft, pale colours with these striking areas of black in. In her mixed media gallery, works like Hysteria and Life’s a Roller Coaster draw on dark, dripping shapes of black ink to create a heaviness that leads the viewer’s eye around the image while at the same time, offering a sense of weight to hold on to.

A mixed media painting depicting a strange, abstracted landscapeHysteria, mixed media

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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