Fionna has a bachelor degree in Design in Visual Communication from the University of Technology in Sydney. All the elective courses she took were focused on illustration.
Using Photoshop to add colour, shading and distinctive highlights to the images she draws, Fionna also combines digital and hand-generated marks. She uses an Artline pen for her line work, and acrylic paint to come up with the light-hearted patterns that she often uses as backgrounds. Recently, Fionna has been experimenting with collaged backdrops and adding stickers to the compositions, enhancing the mixed media feel.
Playful, fun and energetic, Fionna’s work usually features female models in fashion scenarios, but she’s just as adept at depicting men, and animals too. There’s a youthful flavour to her aesthetic, and she enjoys drawing attention to certain aspects of the female face – the eyes, lips and hair – using brighter colours and patterns. This gives her portraits a unique feel and some extra punch.
Question: What drew you to illustration/design? Fionna: My passion for drawing & creating started when I was young. I also enjoyed and excelled at Visual Arts in high school. Question: Do you have any formal design training? Fionna: I have a bachelor degree in Design in Visual Communication from the University of Technology in Sydney. Question: Where are you originally from? Fionna: My ethnic background is Goan, Indian. I was born and raised in Sydney, Australia.Question: Where do you live now & what drew you there? Fionna: I live in Sydney, Australia. Sydney is beautiful – it has a vibrant art scene, fantastic food, epic beaches and great weather. Question: Where is your studio and can you describe it for me? Fionna: I don’t have a studio yet. My workspace is a desk in the corner of my bedroom! Question: How do you get your ideas? Fionna: Film, music and inspiration from the Internet - mainly Instagram & Pinterest.Question: Do you collect anything? Fionna: Japanese soft toys and Lazy Oaf clothes.Question: What are your interests outside of illustration? Fionna: Cartoons (My Little Pony), TV shows (Brooklyn Nine-Nine), film (Wind River), Disney (The Lion King), video games (Overcooked), board & card games (Monopoly Deal), Fashion (vibrant prints & patterns), dessert (ice creams & chocolates), Japanese culture (characters, clothing, food & toys), cooking (Asian cuisine). Question: What is the first record you bought? Fionna: Life in Cartoon Motion by MIKA.Question: Tell us about a favourite project you've recently completed. Fionna: I was thrilled when I was commissioned to create the VIP invitation illustration for 'My Little Pony: The Movie'. The icing on the cake was the VIP invitation that I received, which meant I was able to enjoy the Pink Carpet festivities and hang out with life size ponies. I was delighted to attend the event, as I am a huge fan of My Little Pony!Question: What would be your dream job/commission? Fionna: Collaborating with Disney or Lazy Oaf.Question: Who is your art hero? Fionna: Laura Callaghan. Callaghan’s work is incredibly detailed, super colourful, and lady oriented. Her female characters are badass and beautiful, inspiring me to illustrate women with individuality. Question: Who is your musical hero? Fionna: Flight Facilities, an Australian electronic duo. Question: If you were not an illustrator, what would you be? Fionna: A veterinary nurse. I absolutely adore animals. My family has 2 cats, 2 dogs, a bird and many fish! Question: If you could live anywhere, where would you go? Fionna: Equestria, the setting of My little Pony. It's inhabited by magical ponies and other talking creatures, including griffons and dragons. Question: If you could travel back in time which period would you visit & why? Fionna: The 90s, I would love to go back to my childhood and the wonderful world of Lisa Frank!Question: If you could take a holiday leaving tomorrow, where would you go & what would you do? Fionna: I would go to every Disneyland in the world. And Disney World. I would go on all the rides, buy heaps of merchandise, and take photos with the Disney Princesses and Disney characters.