Rebecca Hendin is an illustrator, painter, doodler, designer, and animator, combining hand-made and digital techniques to make colourful, slightly odd, and often highly detailed work for a variety of diverse platforms.
Rebecca is has an MA in Communication Design from Central Saint Martins (2014), and BA Hons Graphic Design, also from Saint Martins (2010). (She also previously spent time studying at California College of the Arts in San Francisco.)
‘My work has been awarded by the Association of Illustrators, shortlisted for the 2013 and 2014 AOI Awards. It was also featured in the 2013 and 2014 3×3 Magazine Illustration Annuals. I was a 2014 Serco Prize for Illustration finalist, wherein my animation ‘Our Town’ was recognised and exhibited in the ‘London Stories: The Serco Prize for Illustration’ exhibition at London Transport Museum in Covent Garden in spring 2014. My music video + animation work received commendation from Adam Buxton’s BUG Festival and Sony Music in 2013.
Some of my clients include Foyles Bookshop, Dance Umbrella, VICE Magazine, Passing Clouds, TakeOff Studios, AU Magazine, Island Records, WPP, Estee Lauder, Lyonsdown Publishing Group, Nottingham LeftLion Magazine, Whitley Arts Festival, Sow’s Ear Publishing, Fan the Fire Magazine, Eurostar, Estates Review Magazine, Teenage Cancer Trust, Amelia’s Magazine, as well a long list of bands and private clients. My illustrations have been seen promoting Edinburgh Fringe at the Underbelly, MTV Presents; in publications including the Economist, The Guardian, The Telegraph, Grazia, and The Alarmist, Prowl Magazine, and on New Era Caps.’
‘One of the coolest jobs I did was for Foyles Bookshop. For this, my artwork could be seen for a year from May 2013 – May 2014 over London’s Charing Cross Road at large scale of 29 metres x 8.5 metres, on an illustrated building wrap covering the former Central Saint Martins building whilst under renovation to become the new Foyles Bookshop flagship store. Foyles (in coordination with cultural platemaking agency Futurecity) had hired ten potential illustrators to create the massive illustration, and I was really chuffed when mine was chosen. I can’t imagine I’ll ever do anything to that scale again!’
‘My favourite illustrator of all time is probably Ralph Steadman – who is a total and utter genius of illustration. I love surrealist art of the 20th century, as far as large art movements go, as well as the more contemporary world of pop surrealism and lowbrow art, which I encountered much of whilst living in California. There far too many illustrators, animators, painters, and drawers to name who provide constant visual stimulus. The internet provides a never-ending breadth of inspiration to such a massive degree, it’s a bit mad.’
‘I’m currently working on and have recently been working on loads of projects. Recently, I did an editorial illustration of Mario and Luigi as hipsters for VICE. I also contributed an illustration to September’s issue of Prowl Magazine, and I did a really, really detailed multi-layered illustration inspired by Green Day’s Dookie album art for Canadian photography company Bongopix. I’m now finishing up a T-shirt design for London venue Passing Clouds, and doing some animation, illustration, and logo work for London theatre company HeadsBodiesLegs.’