It’s unclear what the subjects are in these Jacques Marcotte illustrations, but it’s precisely the mystery surrounding these oddities that makes viewers gravitate towards Marcotte’s work. Are they skeletons? Are they corpses? Aliens perhaps? Who knows? It’s unlike anything anyone’s seen before and because of that, it has an immense allure.
Also fascinating about these Jacques Marcotte pieces is its simplicity. His works are digitally rendered and the wispy tapered lines of his pen tablet stylus are littered throughout each illustration. The images are not ultra refined, but they’re also not clumsily made as Marcotte demonstrates a strong understanding of value and lighting. Using a simplistic style to convey bizarre concepts allows viewers to empathize with the illustrations on some level. Can you imagine how mind-boggling these paintings would be if rendered realistically?
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