Originally from Crete, Gabriella came to London to study Illustration and Visual Media at the University of the Arts. She’s remained in the city, inspired by its live music scene, and the extravagant outfits musicians wear on stage feed her love of fashion. She’s always on the lookout for unique men’s fashion designs, interesting patterns and fresh colour combinations to experiment with in her imagery.
With a background using traditional media, Gabriella combines charcoal, pencil, paint and other materials, bringing them together digitally to compose her unique-looking illustrations. She looks for strong poses, using big blocks of colour to come up with her bold compositions.
Gabriella’s powerful, graphical and colourful style makes an instant impact with viewers. She expertly uses contrast and/or clashing colours to draw your eye to the garments, which in turn create a unique persona within in each image.
Question: What led you to become an illustrator? Gabriella: I was always really big into drawing but I had no idea you could actually have it as a career choice. Around 16 is when I took my career a bit more serious and started developing a portfolio to then get into an art university. Illustration is now my full time job. Question: Where did you grow up? Gabriella: I grew up in Crete, Greece.Question: Where do you live now and what drew you there? Gabriella: I live in East London and I moved here because of my studies. Question: Describe the view from your window Gabriella: I can see the courtyard of my apartment complex, a kid is currently cycling around and thick grey clouds. Question: Who or What is your biggest inspiration? Gabriella: My father; We have completely different professions but his work ethic is definitely the reason why I am so driven. Question: How do you get your ideas? Gabriella: I am really interesting in observing humans and their interests. I like that I can also have two different perspectives; one from Greece and one from London. Question: What are your interests outside of illustration? Gabriella: Yoga, music, reading about business, snorkelling.Question: What is the first record you bought? Gabriella: Kraftwerk- Computer world. Question: Tell us about a favourite project you’ve recently completed Gabriella: I recently worked with a luxury brand to create animated illustrations for their store window.Question: What would be your dream job/commission? Gabriella: Every commission I’ve had so far has been different; which all had positives. Possibly something with Nike as they always have creative elements in their events, website and ads. Question: What is the best use of illustration you have ever seen? Gabriella: Probably The garden of earthly delights by Hieronymus Bosch Question: How do you envisage illustration evolving? Gabriella: It will probably expand into the AI world and how technology is evolving; I am quite enjoying the 4D trend that is happening at the moment.Question: Who is your art hero? Gabriella: Paul Klee because he based his whole teaching career whilst he was at the Bauhaus on drawing. Question: Who is your design hero? Gabriella: Caterina Bianchini & Joe Prytherch. Question: If you were not an illustrator, what would you be? Gabriella: Maybe a doctor to follow the family tradition; or a scuba diving instructor.Question: What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given? Gabriella: Say no to unpaid work.Question: If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go? Gabriella: I’d love to go to Fiji islands; but maybe I’m saying this because there’s no sign of sun right now so anywhere with sun and a beach.Question: Have you any hidden talents? Gabriella: I can eat 3 pints of ice cream back to back. Question: How would someone who knows you well describe you? Gabriella: Hardworking, driven and corky. Question: If you could live anywhere, where would it be? Gabriella: I live in the best city in the world already! I’d love to live in New York for a little bit but the opportunities I’ve had in London are so valuable. Question: If money were no object, would you continue to illustrate? Gabriella: I think when you choose something like illustration as a career, the money is not the motivation. Question: If you could travel back in time, who would be the one person you would want to meet and why? Gabriella: Socrates. I would love to hear him talk about his views on happiness; a subject that’s affecting my generation. He was so ahead of his time, talking about focusing on non-material things which in a capitalistic city like London is really hard to apply; and there are times you forget the important things. I also really relate to his tragedy “Antigone” and how he portrayed a woman in a such powerful way.