Through metaphorical illustrations, Owen Gent reveals difficult psychological experiences: colossal

Through metaphorical illustrations Owen Gent reveals difficult psychological experiences colossal | RetinaComics

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For Owen Gent, texture and shadow are essential narrative tools. The Bristol-based artist fosters a strong personal practice and works with commercial clients, authors and various publications to create moody illustrations rich in metaphor. In a work that evokes the emotional toll of cancer, trauma and depression, a figurative silhouette pulls back a woman’s hair to survey her surroundings while she is still protected by the strands. An eerie piece takes a similarly introspective and psychological approach as black ravens surround a sitter, one ablaze and another grabbing the person’s eye.

Gent tells Colossal that his works begin with analog techniques such as painting, and digital manipulation comes later. “There’s a constant push and pull between the two, and I try to be mindful not to lose too much of the original piece when editing,” he says.

Prints are available in The shop in Ghentand her picture book for children It’s beautiful, love it’s out now. Find more of his work at Behance AND Instagram.

two mask-like faces seem to float to the right of a figure with a face in shadow

Black ravens, one a fire, surround a human form with a bird grasping at the human eye

A figure appears to float above the water with a pink reflection in the body of water below

Two images, one of a hand holding a beetroot, the other of a constellation of red spheres superimposed on a human figure

A girl's legs turning from darkness to flowers

A vibrant bird perched on a branch

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