Tuesday, December 28, 2021

WPAP Style

WPAP is the name of an illustration style characterized by flat, hard-edged shapes in weird colors.

Portrait of Wedha Abdul Rasyid by AdamKhabibi

The style comes from Indonesian artist Wedha Abdul Rasyid, who made portraits in the 1990s of pop artists. WPAP stands for "Wedha's Pop Art Portraits."

Artists use software like Illustrator or specialized apps to translate a photo into the style.

WPAP style is known for bold, flat colors, often in shapes with straight edges. 

The illusion works best when the shapes are of the correct value.

Usually WPAP is painted digitally, but there have been painters with physical pigments doing something similar, such as the painting of sycamore trees above Walter Everett (1880-1946). 


rock995 said...

I KNEW that WPAP was art-related but now I got it. Best art blog out there Mr.G

Michael Lukyniuk said...

Lately I’ve noticed several paintings in this style and thought that they were the creation of a particular local artist. Thanks for shedding some light on this unique style.