Sam Werczler’s Rio 2016 Olympics-inspired Series Studying the Figure in Motion

With the Rio 2016 Olympics fast approaching, cure Brazilian illustrator and designer, here Sam Werczler was inspired to created a series of images that pay homage to the physical feats of the athletes that take part.

In abstracted, physician swirling forms, they are an interesting study in movement and the figure.

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We like that with the same technique of rippling lines, Sam is able to express different states of motion that the sports men and women find themselves in.

You have the turbulent, also most chaotic surface of the water on one hand but the more graceful way the gymnast moves on the other.

Sam talks to us about not only this series, but also the intriguing start he had to his career and where that experiences has guided him since.

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Well let’s talk about me.

I’m a illustrator & designer from São Paulo, Brazil.

I started to draw as a child, creating characters and stories. During my teenager years, I decided to learn some techniques from a professional artist and attend a comics school. I was the youngest student in the classes. Those 5 years where an amazing turning point for me.

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My love for comics where transformed into a love for art. I graduated in Plastic art in a great school in Brazil and studied fine arts in NYU New York.

After graduating in advertising, I started to use my artistic techniques for clients in agencies. A few years ago, I founded my studio and started to do work independently for my own clients, doing design, illustration and motion concept art.

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In this new series of illustrations, created as a tribute to the first olympic games in Brazil, I went back to my old style and upgrade de trace creating a very fluid and full a movement composition. The idea was to simulate the movement and strength in sport and with abstract forms and freehand strokes.

I searched each sport for key movements and body positions. Trying to overcome the challenge of create action in an illustration without being to realistic our boring.

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© Sam Werczler, 2016

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