For portraits I like to abstract and exaggerate certain facial features to create an interesting and expressive character. My portraiture work is heavily influenced by colour, and I take inspiration from looking closely at the subtle tone differences in skin and exaggerating them to a dramatic degree. I primarily use coloured pencils to achieve these portraits, though I have achieved similar affects with both acrylic paints and Photoshop.
I started printmaking in my final year of university, primarily working with experimental techniques using Tetrapak to create intaglio prints, and neoprene foam to create detailed relief print. For one project I created an entire graphic novel solely using experimental print methods, an excerpt of which can be seen below and in the Narrative section.
During my second year at university I was very interested in working 3-D in order to create movable characters. In order to do this I taught myself how to make puppets using wire padded and decorated with needle-felt, and then basic stop motion puppets with clay sculpted heads and features.
As a Joint Illustration and Creative Writing student at university a lot of my practice has been spent combining the written word with illustration. For my dissertation I have created a graphic novel based around queerness in 19th century cowboy culture.
See below: 'Rub-A-Dub-Dub' first page: a graphic novel based around the nursery rhyme 'Rub-a-Dub-Dub, Three Men in a Tub'. Typography/text and its adjoining illustration from a project illustrating C.S. Pacat's 'Captive Prince' series, and two pages from my silent print graphic novel 'The Lighthouse Keeper'.