I am a picture book illustrator & trainee art teacher!
I specialise in narrative storytelling because of my love of telling stories. I have enjoyed film/TV for as long as I remember and linked with my obsession and passion for drawing,
I committed to these loves as a career path, doing Animation/Illustration and university. I have a BA Hons in Illustration from the Arts University Bournemouth.
I have always loved working with and teaching people about drawing and trying to erase the idea that it is a talent or that some people 'can't draw', you can, it is practise. I am always trying to inspire those around me to think more creatively and get more interested and serious about the creative industry. These thoughts and a continuing pattern of interest with working with younger people has inspired me to pursue teaching as a primary career path. I am currently training doing a PGCE and will graduate in August with QTS status. I am hoping to live by the coast and am applying for full-time NQT art secondary jobs for September 2020.
WORK METHODS: My favourite mediums to work with - pencil and paper. I feel you cannot beat just roughing out an idea and sketching some scribbles and thoughts down as a starting point. I adore making analogue textures with ink and through traditional printing methods. I scan these in and digitally manipulate them on software like Photoshop. Therefore, although my illustration are often an outcome of digital changes, the key ingredients always come from traditional methods.
INSPIRATIONS: I have family and friends in Iceland and I travel there a lot. I enjoy and am inspired by the culture almost on an extreme level and because of this, a lot of my work reflects things I have learnt whilst there and what I have seen and documented in photos and stories I have seen and heard. My inspirations are artists such as: Jeffrey Alan Love, Shaun Tan, Hans Bacher, Quinten Blake, Aaron Blaise, Glen Keane, Vincent van Gogh, Giorgio de Chirico, Scott Robertson, Jim Kay, Peter Parr, Simon Stålenhag and the amazing Brian Pilkington.
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