Chrissy has been drawing ever since she could hold a pen and during her career has designed stamps, coins and textiles as well as taking on all kinds of editorial projects.
Whenever Chrissy sees something that sparks her imagination, she takes a snap and adds it to her library of reference images. Her compositions are quite fluid but she usually starts with a focal point and from there it’s an organic process as she adds line upon line building up the image and its textures. Dashes of colour are added digitally.
Chrissy’s work is full of detailed patterns and intricate line work, and often includes a lot of hair. The black line work is brought to life with a dash of colour. Her Chinese heritage inspires her, but there’s also a twist of surrealism and quirkiness.
Question: What drew you to illustration/design? Chrissy: As cheesy as it sounds I've been drawing for as long as I can remember so illustration has always been a part of who I am. I'm naturally creative so I think it was impossible not to pursue illustration. Question: Do you have any formal design training? Chrissy: I'm self taught in illustration and have a degree in Law from the University of Sheffield. Question: Where are you originally from? Chrissy: I was born in a little seaside town called Cleethorpes, we then moved to Hull, East Yorkshire when I was 4 and I lived there until I went to uni in Sheffield. Question: Where do you live now & what drew you there? Chrissy: I now live in Sydney, Australia and have done so for the past 6 years. I first came here to visit a friend and ended up meeting my husband and staying! Question: Where is your studio and can you describe it for me? Chrissy: My studio is the front room of our new house. My studio has nice old wooden floors and crisp white walls. I have a large white desk, which is brilliant for laying out all my work. Question: How do you get your ideas? Chrissy: If I'm reading a client brief normally the ideas will pop into my mind. For added inspiration I will use Google, Pinterest and also flick through my art books.
Question: Tell us about a favourite project you've recently completed. Chrissy: I've just completed a series of horse illustrations for Chinese New Year stamps for Guernsey Post. I really enjoyed this project because it's something I've always wanted to do and it's extra special because I get to research my Chinese heritage. The Queen also has to approve the designs so it's quite nice knowing she'll be looking at my work. Question: What would be your dream job/commission? Chrissy: I'm always excited when I am commissioned to illustrate for a client. Designing a limited edition coin for the Royal Australian Mint was pretty amazing – it's something I never thought I'd achieve. I would love to illustrate for Vogue Magazine or the New York Times, or design for Topshop, Nike and H&M. Question: If you were not an illustrator, what would you be? Chrissy: I was a search marketing manager writing Google ads but I plucked up the courage to leave and pursue illustration full time. So if I wasn't an illustrator I'd still be doing that. Growing up I wanted to be a Barrister or Judge. Question: What's the best advice you've ever been given? Chrissy: Dreams don't work unless you do. Question: Who would you like to have as your muse if you were painting their portrait? Chrissy: The Queen. Question: What do you have bookmarked? Chrissy: All the usual things like Hotmail, Facebook, Pinterest, Illustration Ltd.
Samsung, Royal Australian Mint, Guernsey Post, Orange Mobile, Mambo, Red Magazine, Men's Health Magazine, Elle Girl , Virgin, City of Sydney, Pearson Publishers
Cafe: The Grounds of Alexandria
because they have a pet pig there called Kevin Bacon
Art Equipment/Tool: Faber Castel fountain pen, a standard pencil and eraser,
a scanner then a little Photoshop
Food: I love chips and pizza. I really miss English fish & chips with mushy peas.
I'm also a big fan of Vietnamese food