The ability to see a familiar pattern of something where none actually exists is called Pareidolia. It’s just one of the amazing things our brains are capable of. This is how it looks like when used in art! Belgian filmmaker and illustrator Vincent Bal created series of clever shadow illustrations. These pieces are made in so called Shadowlogy technique of doodling. It is based on finding familiar shapes in the obscurity of the shadows. Shapes of everyday objects casted on the paper usually get warped in all sorts of unpredictable ways. This leaves a lot of options for an artist to express his ingenuity. What do you see lurking from the shadows?
I’m just a regular B.I.M., a Belgian Image Maker :-). It’s very hard to describe myself in one sentence. I’ve been making films for 20 years now, and making drawings on the side, but the last couple of months the drawing has become more and more important.
The shadows really dictate what I should draw. When I see an object that I like, I play around with it a little, searching for a way that it gives a cool shadow. It’s important to keep a very open mind, not to force it. Then suddenly an image appears in my mind, and I complete it with a few lines.
The good thing is that the Sun, The Light does the drawing and I just have to add a couple of lines. Not only is it more efficient, but the sun is also a much better artist then me.
Who knows what future holds for me? I’m very surprised myself how this little shadow doodling business exploded. I’ll keep doing this, but of course I’m preparing some film projects as well. One of them is a short film, combining live action and animation, that uses the Shadowology technique. I’ll be doing this together with L.A.-based animator Marlon Nowe. Another one is Miss Moksy, an animation film about a cat’s journey home.
Shadow illustrations of your own!
First thing that pops in my mind after seeing these images is: “What a simple, yet brilliant idea!” Creating illustrations from shadows isn’t just fun, it boosts your creative thinking way up! If you liked these illustrations and would want to own a print please visit Vincent’s Etsy.To keep up to date with Vincent’s magnificent pieces you can follow him on Instagram. Finally, if you would like to share your thoughts on these photos you can do that in the comment section bellow.
Visual content courtesy of Vincent Bal.