Tracy graduated from Newcastle Polytechnic (now Northumbria University) with a BA Hons in Fashion Design.
Initial drawings are done either on paper, or on screen using her Wacom Cintiq. Tracy then colours her work digitally using Photoshop.
Just as fashion is always evolving and changing, Tracy likes to keep her work fresh and contemporary. Her style changes a lot, influenced by what’s current in illustration as well as what’s on the catwalk. When she gets bored with one style, she experiments and adapts. Lately, she’s been working in pencil and mixing it with strong colour.
She likes to draw strong characters with unusual features, and her training in fashion design certainly comes in handy when she renders garments. She understands clothing construction, proportions, and how draped fabrics look, which comes across in her work.
Question: What drew you to illustration/design? Tracy: I've drawn since I was a little girl, my Grandfather loved to draw and encouraged me to do the same, I suppose it grew into an obsession and now a career.Question: Do you have any formal design training? Tracy: Yes, I studied a BA Hons Degree in Fashion Design - Newcastle Polytechnic and proud!Question: Where are you originally from? Tracy: The North East of England, Newcastle upon Tyne.Question: Where do you live now & what drew you there? Tracy: I still live there; I'm a Geordie girl at heart!Question: Where is your studio and can you describe it for me? Tracy: My studio is in my house, it overlooks fields so I often get to view the wildlife. It's full of books and various objects I've collected over the years.Question: What do you collect? Tracy: I collect Alexander Giraud and Jonathan Adler figures, books by Victionary, fashion illustration books, and shoes.Question: Do you keep a scrapbook? Tracy: I don't, but I do have a mound of inspirational imagery that I file digitally.Question: Tell us about a favourite project you’ve recently completed. Tracy: I've had a few that I've really enjoyed. I was recently invited to exhibit in an exhibition called Inside Out - Fashion Dreams on Paper along with nine other contemporary fashion illustrators which was a great opportunity to experiment with new techniques. Commercially I've recently been working with WGSN on fashion prediction/trend work for lingerie and womenswear which has been great fun and has allowed me to use my knowledge of garments and textiles again.Question: What would be your dream job/commission? Tracy: Any Illustration work for high end fashion, beauty products, editorial or designers such as Celine or Marni.Question: Who are your art heroes? Tracy: Egon Schiele, Robert Knoke, Elizabeth Peyton, their work has a real fashion feel to me and Saul Bass, love his simplicity.Question: Who are your design heroes? Tracy: Phoebe Philo, Marni, Original Balenciaga, Schiaparelli, Dior, Barbara Hulanicki, I could go on.Question: What's the best advice you've ever been given? Tracy: "Shy bairns get nowt!" Question: What advice would you give to someone wanting to get into Illustration? Tracy: Go for it. It can be frustrating but it's so rewarding!Question: What are your interests outside of illustration? Tracy: Music, gigs, walking my dog Dave with my hubby and of course shopping!Question: If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go? Tracy: I'd love to go to Stockholm and Copenhagen. Love Scandinavian design.