Juliet has first class degrees in Physiology from Edinburgh University, and Illustration from Falmouth College of Arts.
Each piece begins as graphite line work. The initial drawing is scanned in, sometimes with a subtle watercolour background, and coloured digitally using Photoshop’s brushes. The strength of the lines in the image can be adjusted to the client’s wishes. Sometimes, she’ll work from a pen drawing, adding flat digital colours rather than brush work, for a bolder look.
Juliet’s work ranges from highly detailed and realistic watercolours to a much looser drawing style. More spontaneity and personality can often give a cold, scientific subject a warmer aesthetic feel that’s more appealing and accessible. She’d love to illustrate an anatomy book based on her knowledge of the human body but with the scope to pursue a more creative style. Juliet enjoys non-medical commissions too, branching into botany, zoology and even cartography.
Question: What drew you to illustration/design? Juliet: An interest in biology and the beauty of the human body. I started out studying it, and then wanted a career that would depict it and communicate its aesthetics to other people.Question: Do you have any formal design training? Juliet: BA Hons Illustration 1st Class, Falmouth Art CollegeQuestion: Where are you originally from? Juliet: Durham, UK.Question: Where do you live now & what drew you there? Juliet: At the start of my freelance career I lived in London, but after a few years I came back up to be nearer to family. Durham is beautiful; green, picturesque and full of history. Question: Where is your studio and can you describe it for me? Juliet: In Fowlers Yard, a little group of studios in old listed buildings down next to the River Wear. It's small but perfectly formed! Lots of exposed brick, wooden beams, sloping ceilings, rustic but very cosy.Question: Who or What is your biggest inspiration? Juliet: My family, especially my twin sister. They are a constant source of encouragement, support, enthusiasm, constructive criticism, and laughter.Question: Tell us about a favourite project you've recently completed. Juliet: Some medical wall charts to be distributed around doctors surgeries in Germany. They depicted conditions such as diabetes and angina, and the vibrant illustrations were printed on giant size designs (1m x 2m).Question: What would be your dream job/commission? Juliet: To illustrate a book of complete human anatomy - to hand draw and colour every bone, every muscle, and every other bit.Question: Who are your illustration heroes? Juliet: Henry Vandyke Carter, who illustrated the original "Gray’s Anatomy" - an exquisitely illustrated anatomy textbook primarily aimed at medical students. More recently Frank Netter, who was an American surgeon and incredible medical illustrator. In all, he produced nearly 4,000 illustrations, a number that represents an image researched, sketched, and completely hand- painted for every three business days for over 50 years. He died in 1991 but his Atlas of Human Anatomy and other atlases have become a staple of medical education.Question: What are your interests outside of illustration? Juliet: Pilates, and running marathons and ultras. No better way to blow the cobwebs away, de-stress and experience some beautiful scenery. And build up a huge appetite!Question: If you were not an illustrator, what would you be? Juliet: Perhaps a forensic pathologist - you not only get to study the body, but work out the story behind it. Question: If you could take a holiday leaving tomorrow, where would you go & what would you do? Juliet: Actually, some time off just being at home would be great! Or if you can guarantee me some good weather (and let me switch my phone off), a few days on Holy Island along the Northumberland coast would be blissful.
Dorling Kindersley, Usborne Publishing, Pan Macmillan, Science Press Ltd, Chrysalis Books, Conde Nast, IPC Media Ltd, EMAP Esprit, Wellcome Trust, Royal Society of Medicine, Department of Health, Macmillan Cancer Relief, Marie Curie Cancer Care, Cancer Research UK, Arthritis Research Campaign, Alzeimer's Society, Diabetes UK, Waitrose, Kew Royal Botanical Gardens, Greenpeace, World Wildlife Fund,
Café Biografen, Denmark
Holy Island, Northumbria
Faber-Castell PITT pencil