Freelance Illustrator Deborah Pow

Deborah Pow has been working as a freelancer since graduating in Illustration from the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in May.

1 tools

‘I get a lot of my inspiration from collections, old and new, and I love drawing animals and all things found in nature. At the moment I’m working on a large scale piece full of tools for making jewellery, similar to my medical tool charts I made for my degree show. This involves drawing up each tool and placing them together digitally to create a pattern like layout, I love the problem solving involved in playing about with and fitting each part together. Similarly I created a series of watercolours where I took collections of objects and physically placed them together before painting them. I use a lot of different mediums in my work depending on the brief or the audience I’m focussing on. I enjoy using watercolours, screen printing or playing about with graphite sketches and detailed line/dotted pieces before colouring them digitally. I really enjoy seeing my beginning sketches turn in to final developed outcomes.’

2 collection watercolours

‘I use a lot of patterns in my work, in book covers, zines, greeting cards and print making – there’s something satisfying about placing the last piece in to a pattern and thinking “DONE”! I tend to turn to patterns for most of my projects, in my final year I created a colouring and activity pack where I used different patterns on the cover, a folder and several added elements. I also did a fun collaborative project with Anna Doherty where we each drew up lots of monsters and created a children’s party kit, using the monsters to create several patterns for table cloths, wrapping paper and decorations. Most recently I’ve been creating patterns for homewares and gift items for a Scottish company.’

3 colouring book

4 monster party kit

5 recent patterns

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