Gothic Cartoon Sensibility: Art by Zara Spence
Today let’s look at the artwork of Zara Spence, a painter and illustrator who specializes in highly stylized figurative works in acrylic and coloured pencil. The artist does caricature-style commissioned portraits as well as original works of her own design.
Zara’s works depict human, often female figures drawn with large anime-style eyes and a dark, gothic cartoon sensibility. Some of the people that her paintings and drawings bring to life are reminiscent of modern children’s dolls, though they’d work just as well as tattoo designs or comic-book prints.
I like the amount of detail that Zara manages to incorporates into her works. Though her gradient shading and rounded forms may appear deceptively child-friendly on the surface, the subject matter references classic pin-up images and campy horror. Prints of Zara’s works are available through Fine Art America – just follow the link on her website!