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Work / Illustration

Peter Judson messes with depth perception in new personal project, Infection

Illustrator and designer Peter Judson has become widely known for his vivid isometric room depictions – too well known, in his opinion. “I’ve been asked time and time again to reinvent these environments for various clients to a point where it was becoming pretty repetitive and dull,” he says. In an attempt to spice up the work that’s become his signature, Peter has been literally taking them apart just to put them back together in inventive new ways.

Infection is the results of that deconstruction. Featuring a series of greyscale, geometric landscapes that are gradually filled in with a cornucopia of patterns and colour, the project is Peter’s experimentation with angle, composition, detail, subject and space. “I’ve been taking away and adding elements that I’m less known for but have been experimenting with on the side, in this case removing line and colour,” he says. “Unlike the more realist approach I used to explore, I’ve played more with depth and ruining the perspective with impossible forms that break the grid, which I think when you look more closely add a little satisfying confusion.”

While he chooses most colours intuitively, the illustrator says he’s recently been reading more into colour theory, which influenced the work. “I’m a massive fan of Josef Albers and Johannes Itten whose tests are referenced in some of the images. Also how our eyes are often deceived by tone and shading, which is a large reason why I’ve chosen to blend into greyscale.”

“The series was a tiny rebellion, an attempt to break from something I felt had become a bit of a stylistic trap and would allow me to open up new directions.”

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Peter Judson: Infection

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Peter Judson: Infection

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Peter Judson: Infection

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Peter Judson: Infection

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Peter Judson: Infection

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Peter Judson: Infection

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Peter Judson: Infection

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Peter Judson: Infection