‘The course has been an amazing opportunity for me to explore and develop myself as an illustrator while learning both transferable and exclusive skills. After completing my Foundation course at Portsmouth university, Falmouth was a very inspiring and exciting place to move to, and I feel this helped me a lot with my work.’
‘My work has been on quite a journey over the past few years, and I am only just beginning to feel confident and comfortable in my visual language. I tend to work with basic sketches and thumbnails first, which build up in to more consolidated pencil drawings. I like to play around with repeat pattern and print/paint textures, before scanning the whole lot in to Photoshop. I find developing my image digitally allows me to work out composition and colour quicker, and all my of ideas come together to work as a final artwork. I have a mixture of influences, from the fashion illustrations of Mustafa Soydan to the collage images of Matthew Richardson, but I have always had a very high appreciation for the art of tattooing. Although this may not directly influence my work, I think the idea of working on the body as a canvas and the personal nature of the artwork is an interesting concept.
I am currently working on a D&AD brief, ‘Make Your Mark’ which is about telling a story about yourself, not selling. It has been very interesting so far to look into who I am as a person, and consequently what aspects of this show through in my illustrations. I also have another self negotiated project ‘Image Dictionary’ in which me and fellow student Beth Walrond are collaborating to create a book of images that use a ‘word of the day’ and it’s explanation as starting points.’