Jessica has a BA in Graphic Design specialising in Illustration from Central Saint Martins in London.
Jessica’s approach is based on making mental associations, and on emotion. She uses a lot of imagination, and can often see the image, or parts of it, in her mind as she works. Playing music stirs her emotions, helping her draw, and she likes to work quickly – the longer it takes the less distinct it feels to her. Her main tools are Photoshop and her graphics tablet, however recently she’s been working with Palomino pencils and a sketchpad.
Jessica works in two main styles. The first she calls Girl. It’s contemporary, colourful and unusual, drawing in Japanese, Indian and fashion world influences. Whimsical, fantastical and vibrant, images in this style feature a strong female character, however there’s plenty of subtle detail too.
Question: What drew you to illustration/design? Jessica: I was always interested in image making from a young age. In high school I was heavily into Japanese animation and I created a lot of digital illustration inspired by that. My art teacher showed me a copy of NYLON magazine, and when I saw the beautiful illustrations I knew that's what I wanted to do!Question: Do you have any formal design training? Jessica: Yes! I received Honours in a BA of Graphic Design (Illustration) from Central St. Martins College of Art and Design, London.Question: Where are you originally from? Jessica: I'm from a sunny city in Western Australia called Perth. It rhymes with end of the earth!Question: Where do you live now & what drew you there? Jessica: I currently live in Berlin! I was drawn here by the creative scene, recommendations from friends, cute apartments and the beer.Question: Who or What is your biggest inspiration? Jessica: I am really inspired by poetic song lyrics and rad female artists of all forms - particularly Bjork, Cocorosie and FKA Twigs. I also adore vintage textiles, and traditional crafts, stories and design of various cultures. Question: How do you get your ideas? Jessica: My ideas are from combinations of all the things I love and am inspired by, the colour palettes I'm feeling or a song I'm really digging. They are also the result of strong coffee and a bit of frantic sketching.Question: Do you collect anything? Jessica: I collect gemstones and minerals, Korean stationery and Danish homewares. As well vintage textiles of Japan and the 60's & 70's.Question: Do you keep a scrapbook? Jessica: Not a book exactly - I keep a huge folder of inspiration images on my computer. As well as this I love to create seasonal collages on my wall with washi tape, of magazine clippings, stationery, polaroids, flowers, illustrations and other paper ephemera.Question: What are your interests outside of illustration? Jessica: Travelling, fashion, writing, music, sewing, dancing, Japanese culture and good food!Question: Tell us about a favourite project you’ve recently completed. Jessica: I recently completed an illustration for Nike Womens new tumblr campaign #betterforit. It's to inspire women to get active in a positive, awesome way. It was a pleasure as always to draw an empowered strong woman!Question: What would be your dream job/commission? Jessica: I would absolutely love to create patterned illustrations for textiles for application to fashion or interior design, or design a pack of tarot cards.