UCLAN Illustration Graduate Grace Mutton

Here we share the story, thoughts and work of Grace Mutton, a UCLAN Illustration graduate she takes inspiration from the work of Sherlock Holmes, Tim Burton and Baz Luhrmann.

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“I like everything I do to have a strong basis in characters and storytelling, with a sense of theatricality, a hint of nostalgia and a dark edge. My work is predominantly informed by literature, Victorian elegance and childhood, as well as a range of music and films. It is about creating fantasy worlds and escaping the boredom of reality, which goes hand in hand with illustrating fictional texts. For my Honours project, I chose to illustrate a few short stories from The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, using the format of Victorian “Penny Dreadfuls”. I had been watching the new, modern version of Sherlock, and thought it would be interesting to combine elements of that with more traditional imagery, so that the setting and time-period would be ambiguous but with a distinct Victorian feel.”

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“My long-term career goal is to work in the art department of film and television productions, producing character and conceptual work on films rich in imagery such as those of directors Tim Burton and Baz Luhrmann. I would enjoy the challenge of having a vital part in bringing vibrant stories to life, that need a strong aesthetic, as my work is largely informed by texts where I can interpret my own vision and viewpoint, bringing something of myself to a subject I have a great interest in.

I have just finished a degree in BA Hons Illustration at the University of Central Lancashire, and am currently working on illustrations for a collaborative poetry book project, as well as coming up with new designs for my Redbubble and Society 6 shops.”

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Follow Grace Mutton on her Tumblr | @imaginaryvenom | Society6 | Redbubble