Jun 18, 2014

The Art Of Kondo

The piece titled Ray's Dream (Pictured above) stopped me in my tracks when it popped up online. It had been a while since I'd seen anyone use negative space to such a cool effect, but Fukuoka based illustrator Kondo knocked it out of the park. Negative space refers to the space around and between a subject, and if you check out the treatment he did on this warrior's Hakama (Samurai robe), it's literally the same color as the background, but our mind fills in the blanks thanks to the implied dark sleeve and wrap covering her chest. When pulled off correctly, this effect gives illustrations a highly designed, graphic edge.

Kondo occasionally experiments with more painterly subject matter, but he mostly excels with highly limited color palettes, which result in some truly bold pieces that excel in a 'less is more' fashion. Check out more of his awesome work after the break!

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