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Freelance Illustrator and Surface Pattern Designer Lucy Victoria Francis

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Lucy Victoria Francis is Freelance Illustrator and Surface Pattern Designer (graduate of University of Westminster) based in London who loves to draw, create patterns and decorate.

‘My work focuses on hand drawn illustration as original art works, and can be transposed onto surface design and decorative print for home ware, textiles, and products. Presently my work centralises around wildlife conservation and ornithology, taking inspiration and a strong interest in natural history illustration. The purpose of my work is to reflect the beauty within nature and wildlife, through my highly detailed drawings, digital work and patterns.’

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‘I am a recent graduate from the University of Westminster, receiving a BA First Class Honours in Illustration & Visual Communication. Through my time at university I learnt many skills such as screen printing, both paper and fabric based and skills in digital software such as Adobe Photoshop. I got to hone in on my skills and became aware for my love for traditional practices, such as drawing with my trusty pens and pencils! I have always loved home ware products and textiles, and I had the opportunity in my studies to explore the area of surface design to create designs for my own products.

It began in my third year at university, where I created two collections of scarves and cushions, one on Garden birds & Floral which was inspired by floral and fauna of garden habitats. The other collection was based on Sea Turtles; the patterns were inspired by sea turtle shells and skin to act as a representation to promote the conservation of the species. These designs for the scarves and cushions were made using a digital fabric printer. My studies taught me to create work in which I love and enjoy, and made me aware that I aspire to be a natural history illustrator and a surface pattern designer.’

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‘I have been a part of exhibitions and shows such as D&AD New Blood and last year I was selected to be apart of David Shepherd’s ‘Wildlife Artist of the Year 2013’ exhibition, an incredible opportunity and experience to be involved in a show that raised money for the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation. My bird drawings have also been published in Out of Step books.’

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‘The inspiration for my work is gained through books, magazines and frequent visits to the Natural History Museum and the Horniman Museum. Artist Edwin Landseer and Textile designer William Morris are examples from many whose works I admire, how they depict British subjects and landscapes and the way their works portray a historical value. My next step is to create collections based on different creatures and animals, both land and sea based, such as various birds, woodland animals and insects to name a few. I also want to explore botanical subjects, fossils and specimens.

One day I hope to have my designs on various products such as cushions, stationary, ceramics, wallpaper, fabrics.. and of course to be selling fine art originals and prints! I would also love to illustrate for publications, conservation trusts and for educational material.’

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