Rob Ryan

Making Great Illustration

Making Great Illustration

Also on my Research reading list was Derek Brazell and Jo Davies, Making Great Illustration.

An article within this book focused on the works of Rob Ryan and I found it very interesting.  I really like this description the Author has for Ryan:

The process of marrying the conceptual, aesthetic and techniqual properties intrinsic to his imagery is a complex one.

As Rob Ryan recognises himself he understands that the:

“exquisitness of the detail and the aesthetic of this medium is part of the allure, reflecting, people love things that have been painstakingly crafted.  It can be spellbinding even if they don’t like art”

Believe in Goodness

Rob Ryan

Hand crafted delicate patterns from paper.

Rob Ryan

I really admire his work, so pretty and very visually appealing.

From reading about Rob Ryan I am impressed with how he develops his cuttings from stories.  As the Author states, he jots down thoughts prolifically in notebooks, instructions such as ‘Do a picture about not resisting change‘. Ryan explains this further’:

“Some ideas you can’t do a sketch for.  You have to write them down and then find a way of representing them later in pictorial form. Sometimes there are drawings I have in sketchbooks which I can develop”.

I can see a link here to Risatti’s concept of designers starting out with a ‘Purpose.’  Also, I found the inclusion of narrative, drama, story all very engaging.


Recently found this video interview:




Brazell, Derek and Jo Davies, “Making Great Illustration“, A & C Black Publishers Ltd., 2011.


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