I am very much a creative person; I am always happiest when either drawing, writing, or being crafty with such activities as collage and dressmaking. I also have a keen interest in art history and social history, cinema and theatre. Life without the arts would be very dull indeed!
I particularly like illustrating old stories and folk tales in new and exciting ways. I like the idea of presenting the reader with alternative perspectives to those which they are already aware of. But I also enjoy creating my own original stories as well as one off art pieces.
My favoured media includes the good old-fashioned pen and pencil as well as watercolour and inks. I tend to take a naturalistic approach with my drawing, however I find Photoshop an exciting medium to work in as well.
My studies have included: a Diploma in Arts Foundation at Wimbledon School of Art, London, UK (specialising in Costume Design), a BA in History of Art with Material Studies at UCL (where I developed a love of Caravaggio and Tudor and Stuart Portraiture) and an MA in Children’s Book Illustration at Cambridge School of Art, UK.
How long have you been doing art: I have been drawing ever since I could hold a pencil and wanting to make a career out of it ever since I knew there were illustrators in the world. It’s just something I do and I can’t imagine living without it.
What inspired you to make this piece: My ‘It’s a Swing Thing!’ series was inspired by watching so many amazing dancers at various events and my journey as a Lindy hop student. I love capturing the movement of the dance and the different outfits people wear.
How did you make it: Most of my illustrations are made on either A4 or A3 paper (I am not an artist who is comfortable with big canvases!) and I tend to stick to my trusty old pencils. I usually start with creating the outline and key lines of the piece and then crack open my coloured pencils (I have several old biscuit tins full of them) I like to try and keep to a colour scheme for each piece, as well as a good balance between colour and graphite. I apply the graphite after the colour using both a hard and soft pencil for contrast.
Where you hope to go with your art: Although I realise it won’t be an easy road, I hope one day to make my bread and butter from my art. As I said before, it’s always something that I’ve wanted to do. I would like to make my dream job a reality.
Are you available to make these for people? I do take on commissions – it’s always exciting when people have seen my work and come to me with an idea or request. And any of my work is available as a print which can be purchased either directly through me or on my society6 profile.
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