Monday, February 25, 2008

William Blake- Fine Artist or Graphic Designer?

To see a world in a grain of sand
And heaven in a wild flower
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand
And eternity in an hour
- William Blake

Fine art is art which is created for it's own aesthetic purpose, rather than for a practical utility purpose.
Graphic Design is the process and art of combining text and graphics to communicate an effective message.
William Blake, to me, was more of a fine artist and poet at heart, and a graphic designer by career.
When I look at his prints, they have a soft watercolor quality to them, since they were usually colored by hand. William creates his poetry because he loves it. He romances with his words, thoughts... he seems like a person who was constantly losing himself in the imaginary, and was thought to probably be mad. Though he puts typography into his books, and has concern for the alignment of objects on the page and of letter-forms, he made his mark by creating letter-forms that seemed to blend right into the illustrations. His books have a handmade appearance to them, and to me, they are not clean and dry and organized. They have emotion in them. Love. William blake did not create these books just to pay the rent. He created them because he wanted to.... and he got paid! (Until everyone began to believe he was crazy) What more could an artist ask for?

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