Satisfying symmetry, natural-feeling textures, and crisply drawn edges are just a few of the many facets of Jack Tite’s work that make it so rich, layered, and enjoyable to mull over.
In some ways, Jack’s work moves between being rigidly geometric and more visually descriptive and freely drawn. Forms are simplified and loosely grid-like but not so much that they exclude the finer details in the drawings.
It’s a technique that works particularly well in his debut book, ‘Mega Meltdown’.
While illustrating one of his favourite subjects, Jack used forms and compositions simple enough to make a huge impact, but with enough linear and textural details to get the essential information across in the images.
Jack tells us more about the book and how he likes to create his designs.
“Hey! I’m Jack Tite, an illustrator, author and animator based in Leicester. I am a huge fan of all things history, wildlife and prehistoric—which inspired by debut book—’Mega Meltdown’.”
“My illustrations comprise of bold, limited colours combined with simplified shapes, busy compositions and lots of texture and markings for detail.”
“I try to work as freely as possible, not worrying too much about a set ‘style’ and playing around with balance, form and colour.”
“Every illustration is finished in Photoshop, but it all starts with paper, a trusty pencil, coffee and an audiobook, drawing out roughs to scan and trace digitally.”
“In any spare time that I can salvage, I can be found wandering around my local museums, reading, watching documentaries or doing personal work, which is vital to growing and developing as an illustrator.”
All images © Jack Tite