by Gaia Ayres '20, Guest Writer
The newest art exhibit at Thornton Academy, featuring reimaginings of numerous cover designs by Mrs. Merry’s Illustration class, is nothing short of a varied display. Each piece in the show depicts a completely unique style, subject, and mood, with focuses on music to movies to films to podcasts. Each artist’s work shows a great level of thought and dedication, though there are some standout pieces.
The cover art dedicated to Brian Selznick's, Hugo by Luc Thorington (‘20) is one of these. There is quite a contrast between colors in the piece, with varied metallic and neutral hues lain atop a deep blue background. The addition of white pen work also aids in helping elements of the work pop, prime examples being gears, title letters, and stars within the Paris skyline. Highlights and shading add a three-dimensional feel to the entire piece, with the more flat feeling of the deep blue adding emphasis to the automaton in the center and the title letters. The sheer amount of detail incorporated in this work also contribute to the clean and polished end product.
Another piece that pops in the current exhibit is Ana Pilioglos’ (‘20) Marvel inspired cover art. This is yet another piece where the amount of detail is quite extraordinary. Each individual feather of the wings of the main subject of the piece is illustrated and shaded, adding a visually appealing illusion of depth and shape. The same goes for the rest of the figure in focus, each detail of her armor, hair, and features finished to the very last dot and dash. The color scheme is also quite harmonious, with focal points of blue, red, and a hazelnut shade. A successful composition is quite evident in Pilioglos’ piece, a balance created with the centering of the figure and the spread of her wings, minimal letters, and numerous textures to keep the viewer’s interest.
Yet another standout piece is Cordelia Perry’s (‘19) cover art for The Magnus Archives. Perry’s piece shows extreme dedication, with numerous individual objects representing different episodes of the show, each one with its own fine details and monochrome shading. Each element of the piece has been paid attention to, from the effort put into the color work to the lettering on individual items. The composition of the work is also quite balanced, each object placed around the title words in a circular formation, creating emphasis on the words of the piece.
Despite these special mentions, there is no real weak piece in the cover art exhibit. Each student produced a full-page, full-color reimagining of cover art that belonged to something that mattered to them. The variation of the exhibit offers a small bit of insight into each artist’s interests. Individual style is also put on display in this exhibit. No piece looks the same, and the style, color palette, and general technique reflect the theme and mood of each focus subject.
All in all, the most recent exhibit from Thornton Academy’s Illustration class is well put together and successful, and worth the short time it takes to walk through and view it in the gallery.
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