I am delighted you want to find out more about me personally, however please talk to my agents about commissions as they handle all of that for me. I look forward to working with you.
Jacqueline Bissett

Jacqueline Bissett

About
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Training


Studying fashion design at the Bourneville School of Art for two years, Jacqueline then moved to the Epsom College of Art and Design where she did the Fashion, Promotion and Illustration course. She began working in Lynne Robinson’s studio before she’d even graduated, gaining commissions from a range of women’s weekly magazines.

Approach


Sketching is everything for Jacqueline. She uses a range of photographs as reference, piecing them together into an entirely new image. Everywhere she goes, she takes photos for later use. In terms of colour, she’s usually inspired by what’s on the catwalk this season.

Styles


Jacqueline has two styles. Her watercolour style sees splashes of colour bled onto a wet page. It’s a playful approach, quickly executed, and with scope to tweak the look and feel in tune with the client’s brief. Black lines are added to the soft watercolours to really give the images some definition.

Her second style is collage, using Letrafilm to transfer blocks of colour onto the page and build up an illustration from shapes and lines. Letrafilm has been discontinued by Letraset, but Jacqueline has her own hidden stash. When certain colours run out, she augments her images using Pantone pens on tracing paper and cuts out the shapes or edges she needs.
Question: What drew you to illustration/design? Jacqueline: I started when I was little, designing and drawing outfits for my Sindy dolls, although coming from a small town I had no idea what a fashion designer was, let alone a fashion illustrator! My father is a retired draughtsman so he always gave us reems of paper. Question: Do you have any formal design training? Jacqueline: Bournville School of Art (over the Green from Cadburys!) and Epsom College of Art and Design. Question: Where do you live now & what drew you there? Jacqueline: Plumpton, East Sussex. We found it online whilst living in France for an idyllic year of swimming every day and drinking too much wine! England seemed so green and lush, I never knew that I wanted to live in the countryside til I found Plumpton. Question: Who or What is your biggest inspiration? Jacqueline: Rene Gruau and other 1950s illustrators, my tutors from both colleges- Lynne Robinson (she taught me everything there is to know about working as a fashion illustrator), the late, great Colin Barnes, Shari Peacock, Kim Hubbard - all brilliant artists! Question: How do you get your ideas? Jacqueline: I'm still very inspired by the Brighton gay club scene, although we don't get out often having 2 young children, Grant (my husband) and I still go to Wild Fruit whenever we can. New trends inspire me constantly to evolve my style.
Question: Do you collect anything? Jacqueline: Only artwork, Grant and I do swapsies with other artists, the painting featured here is by Sem (Stephen Meakin). Question: Tell us about a favourite project you’ve recently completed. Jacqueline: Not yet completed, but I'm really loving a current project working on a Vintage clothing website. Question: Who is/are your illustration hero/es? Jacqueline: Very obvious I'm afraid, but Rene Gruau was a genius of line and his wonderfully graphic use of colour, he worked right up until the age of 92! Question: Who is/are your musical hero/es? Jacqueline: Blondie, Goldfrapp, Madonna. Question: What is the funniest thing you have ever done? Jacqueline: Got married- Grant and I laughed throughout the whole ceremony! Question: Would you continue to illustrate if you won the lottery? Jacqueline: Absolutely, I want to illustrate until I can't see or hold a brush! Question: If you could travel back in time, who would be the one person you would want to meet? Jacqueline: I'd love to have cocktails with Marilyn Monroe! Question: What is your favourite graphics programme? Jacqueline: I hate computers! I only use Photoshop to scan and brighten before emailing.
SELECTED CLIENTS:
Thomas Sabo, Givenchy, Marie France, Rigby & Pellor, Tatler, Elle, Harper Collins, Sunday Times, Myla, Glamour, Gloss, Invista

Favourites
Café: Bill's in Lewes
Gallery: JAG gallery on Brighton seafront
Art Equipment/Tool: Letrafilm by Pantone (a self adhesive film) which is discontinued so I have to search for old stock.
Shop: Get Cutie, wonderfully cute dresses
Magazine: Harper's Bazaar
Travel Destination: Lake Titicaca, Bolivia
 
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