Rhea began by studying animation in Sydney, but moved to Melbourne to study illustration at the Northern Melbourne Institute of Technology (now Melbourne Polytechnic). Transferring to Sydney College of the Arts, she majored in Print Media and graduated with honours.
Though she began her training drawing traditionally with pen and paper, today Rhea works completely digitally. Having said that, her process is very similar. She draws everything on her Wacom tablet, then uses Photoshop to block in her strong colour work. A little grain is added to the image for a more tactile feel, and shadows are added using a cel shading method in a loose style. Her backgrounds range from photography with filters and grain applied, to block colours with a slight gradient, depending on the mood of the piece.
Rhea’s style will take you back to the 80s and 90s, capturing a bright and positive world where everybody wears chic clothes and cool sunglasses. She has always been fascinated by the idea of capturing the magic of that era. However, her work is not without nuance and using shadows she fine-tunes a range of moods in her illustrations, giving them greater flexibility in editorial applications.
Puma, Black Rainbow, High Snobiety, RitonTime, Kah-Lo,