Inspired by work of the likes of Saul Bass, Ben Bos and Keith Haring, graphic designer Dennis de Groot started a study on the usage of geometric shapes in illustrations. By reducing things to their necessary shapes and colors he soon found his own unique signature in his work. As a personal practice Dennis began illustrating pop culture characters, who had formed his own palette of inspiration throughout the years. After blogging the illustrations, they quickly gathered interest from around the world and inspired him to start a full series. By reducing some of the world’s most well known characters to simple shapes and colors, Dennis tries to explore the line between recognition and detail. Bare Essentials features 50 illustrations of cartoon, movie, video game and comic book characters in their ‘barest essentials’.
Dennis de Groot (Waalwijk, 1982) lives in Amsterdam, the Netherlands and works as a freelance graphic designer and illustrator. Additionally he is also active in different disciplines. As a photographer he has captured his daily life on his photoblog since 2006, and is regularly found in Amsterdam’s nightlife. As a VJ he has held residencies at Paradiso, Effenaar and various festivals and club nights, where he’s also frequently found as a DJ. The remaining time Dennis spends at home with his wife Sherisa and their cat Pixel.http://www.facebook.com/bare.essentials.book