Editorial illustration about the notorious Amsterdam food critic, the late Johannes van Dam. He was both loved and feared, his reviews could close down restaurants. Not mentioned in the article to be illustrated, but known to everyone was the fancy way he dressed. I wanted this to be the starting point.
I like to avoid drawing people, even if the focus of the article is on a specific person (as it was in this case). I feel that human figures, even just a hand or silhouette, often draw too much attention in relation to their surroundings. Leaving out people enables my work to become more independent and allows for solutions that are less obvious, like showing a hat instead of a plate.
Dutch artist Leonie Bos grew up in a house designed by her father and was very aware of architecture from an early age. She went onto study fine arts before moving to Amsterdam where she pursued painting. Those different experiences feed into her current illustration. Inspired by traditional printmaking techniques she creates architectural images through a careful layering of texture and colour.