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My work is largely influenced by editorial texts that usually relate to famous people. I try to be as diverse as possible when choosing my articles, although I find it more interesting to focus on people who have a distinctly darker side to their psyche's. My reasons for tackling this particular area of illustration is because it opens up an almost limitless world of possibilities in terms of subject matter, which makes it challenging and exciting. It is also mature, reflective, and represents a significant view of popular culture in a thought provoking way. My favoured medium is acrylics, although I sometimes render my paintings using a mixture of watercolours, goauche and coloured pencils.
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I take a mixed-media approach to my work, using elements done by hand or computer, photography, scanned textures, etc, which are then composited and edited digitally.
Currently I’ve been working on fashion, editorial and advertising work, as these are my main areas of interest. I do plan to further explore new areas of creative design in the future such as 3D,graphic design and typography, as I think trying new things and incorporating them into your work helps to keep things interesting, and more enjoyable.
My style is very mixed, as I work on fashion pieces that could be used for Editorial and also Children’s covers for Children’s books. I get inspired by, photography and fashion and in my work I use a lot of figurative elements. I also enjoy creating new images with my hand rendered drawings and use of computer when necessary.
Having just finished my Illustration degree, I hope to pursue a career in freelance illustration. I create all my images with hand rendered imagery and text, and then scan in and manipulate the composition in Photoshop. My main interests lie within Editorial and Advertising illustration, and I like to deal with current issues in my work. I believe in sustainability within design and am concerned with environmental issues. I am interested in the relationship between image and text, and the use of typography as image. I am inspired by popular and subculture, fashion, found objects, random behaviour, shiny things, and anything in between.
The two images I have submitted are called ‘The Secret History – Book Cover entry shortlisted for the 2009 Penguin Design Award’ and ‘Retro is the Way Forward – A poster from a set encouraging people to keep their phones instead of upgrading, to protect the environment.’
My style and way of working usually draws upon the darker side of life with a strong influence from the Victorian Period. I enjoy working experimentally with a range of media to push myself to create new and interesting work. Film is my real passion, producing pieces in Set Design, Creature Design and Prosthetics.
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Illustration has many branches and while studying this course it became apparent that I was able to adapt easily to any branch of illustration, including: children’s books, editorial, promotional/commercial and book illustration. My interest lies mostly in editorial work, then book illustration followed by commercial/promotional work. Children’s book illustration is a field I may one day be interested in trying out. I like making and using different hand made textures. I enjoy drawing from life and having hand rendered elements in my work. I could never work in a purely digital way because this does not express who I am as a person. I use the computer for manipulation and alterations but it is not my only creative tool. My goal is to use my strong idea generation, drawing, textures, diagrams, engravings and modern elements to create illustrations with underlying narratives and unite what is old and new in an interesting way.