Craig Langworthy is a Chicago-based illustrator and designer. I have a particular interest in logo design as well as typography. When beginning a new project I prefer to start with an illustrative approach with a physical medium and transfer it to a digital one. With further background in sculpture and digital fabrication, my familiarity with both the tangible and intangible space is an invaluable skill that allows for quick transition between the two. This familiarity is especially useful for prototyping printed and mixed media design because of their inherently physical nature. I draw early influences from pen and ink illustration, and clean, legible printed design. However, my current work focuses heavily on illustration and expanding physical illustration techniques and familiarity with physical media. My past works include digital photography manipulations, Illustration, logo designs, branding concepts, typography based posters and books, and several websites.
My artwork is illustrative, focusing primarily on pen, ink and acrylic paint illustration. “Night Blossoms” is a series of surreal botanical illustrations drawing heavily from tattoo art, other botanical illustrations, and a photo negative color scheme. The flowers chosen are the flowers I grew up around. My work seeks to access the inherent ability of flowers to convey a sense of natural beauty but subverts these natural forms. This creates an otherworldly object that is both recognizable yet inherently strange. This surrealism and dreamlike quality pervade my work, overemphasizing organic forms and exacerbating shape. This method also seeks to represent something imperfectly remembered, a warped snapshot from some other place and some other time. Particular attention is paid to line quality and shading technique. I use an expressive and varied line quality in these works allowing the hand of the artist to be clearly visible. These illustrations are stippled, adding a layer of detail and glowing intensity to the work. These current works focus on using contrast through white on black backgrounds with vibrant unexpected color as a tool to highlight drawing technique and enhance the surreal nature of my images. The exfiltration of color via colored shading technique enhances the surreal identity of each piece.
Much of my inspiration for this series comes from neo traditional tattoo art and from classical scientific illustration. Both of these art forms are types of illustration that not only focus on intense detail and line quality to drive their intent but are often stand-alone images.This stand-alone quality allows for focus to be placed on a singular subject without extraneous information within the piece. I am drawn to this current subject matter for the free and expressive quality it allows and its aesthetic value.