I am a freelance Illustrator based in London and a graduate of the University of Brighton. Over the last 7 or 8 years, I have worked on a diverse range of projects including greetings cards, pattern designs and a huge painting on a life sized model of a baby elephant for the Elephant Family charity.
My style is graphic, colourful, nostalgic and quirky. I find inspiration almost anywhere; from the natural world and my urban surroundings in London, to stylish Art Deco architecture, psychedelic posters of the 60's and the wallpapers of William Morris. My illustrations are created using a variety of techniques including drawing, paper collage, paint and Photoshop, whilst maintaining the same eye catching and uplifting feel in all my designs.
Who are your illustration heroes?
Lots of late 19th/early 20th illustrators (Erte, Aubrey Beardsley, Mucha, George Barbier), 60's illustrators like Peter Max and some more contemporary illustrators; Catalina Estrada, Lush Designs, Oreli (an illustrator I discovered in Brussels), Darling Clementine and too many more to mention.
Who is your design hero?
William Morris; and I always turn to his product and pattern designs for inspiration.
Do you have a method for dealing with the feeling of having no ideas?
I often look for inspiration (both my favourite artists and new illustrations on sites like 'Hire an Illustrator' and 'Print Pattern'), make notes, look through my old sketch books and if all else fails go for a quick walk or swim - inspiration always strikes in unusual places!
If you could travel back in time which period would you visit & why?
I'd like to go back to the 1920's. It looks like a really exciting time with all the flapper fashions, music and of course the wonderful illustrations. I also have the right hair for it!
Who would you like to have as your muse if your were painting their portrait?
I'd like to have painted a young Marianne Faithful or Penelope Tree. They epitomize the fashions of the 60's and I expect they would have had some entertaining stories to tell whilst I painted.
The Elephant Parade, Re-wrapped, Paperchase, Inner Circle Magazine, Smart B*tches Trashy Books, Pretty Nostalgic Magazine, Cardmaking & Papercraft Magazine, Unlocked Guides,
BA Illustration Brighton University
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