Collage and abstract print illustration, focusing on attention to detail in the pursuit of building intriguing and well-rounded worlds for the story I want to tell.
During my time at Duncan of Jordanstone, I have pushed myself into experimenting with different styles of illustration which I would not have tried prior to my enrolment. My new experience with digital collage has taught me a great deal about the role of imagery in illustration. It being a great means of communicating appropriate tone, themes and story without being too literal and still possessing that sense of mystery. I also explored abstract illustration heavily throughout these projects. I am an admirer of printmaking, so I wanted my illustrations to have that option of being printed in physical form if ever the chance should arrive.
Abstraction has taught me how to focus on how I can best communicate a complex matter in a simplified manner. How to prioritise certain elements over others and what detail can do for world-building in your picture story. I find that a minimal colour palette can create a strong tone for a piece dictating the overall feeling of an illustration, unspoiled by intrusive colours. I enjoy limited colour palettes as it forces the illustrator to utilise value to its potential.
Throughout these briefs, I was encouraged to follow my instinct over what I should explore as inspiration for each project. Nature and our environment are subjects which I am intrigued by, hence its common prevalence in my work
Personal project: Editorial illustrations
My reinterpretation of existing issues of BBC science focus magazine, consisting of the issues cover and their featured articles opening double spread.
Picture book: The Selfish scholar
The beginning of the book which tells the story of a popular Japanese folk tale of a Shinto scholar who isolates himself from society.
Glasgow women’s library
A series of illustrations which accompany ‘An innocuous tale of love and romance’. A short story by Alison Miller