Illustrator and Half of HandmadeDrawn Grace Nikobari

Grace Nikobari is an illustration graduate of the University for the Creative Arts, she has recently collaborated on a zine ‘A Walk Along the Seafront’ with fellow illustrator Clare Pryke.

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‘Whilst at university I explored a lot of narrative work using experimental styles to depict the outcome of my illustrations, and greatly worked with portraiture – this is where I found my strength; but I love to challenge myself and decided that the work in my final year would place greater focus on landscapes. This change in focus led me to working on more reportage based projects such as the recent collaborative zine ‘A Walk Along the Seafront’ with fellow illustrator Clare Pryke.

I have a tendency to mainly use pastels and inks, I find that they are great mediums for creating atmospheric work with a heightened sense of intrigue and mystery that the majority of the subject matter I deal with express. In aspect of style, my main influence is the work of Marlene Dumas and of recent Louise Bourgeois’ great body of work. I enjoy drawing sketches outside, taking inspiration from everyday scenes and nature, and then developing them from the comfort of my home.’


‘Since graduating from the University for the Creative Arts I have turned an eye more towards design, which includes working on logos and posters for local businesses and charities. Recently I have been working with other illustrators and helping out at art fairs. I have started a collaborative project, Handmade Drawn, with a fellow illustrator, Emily Hline which we plan on setting up and running an etsy shop this year, with our prints, gifts, and other illustrative projects.’

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