Sophie J Cunningham

Sophie J Cunningham is living proof of an age old vital fact about illustration: working traditionally will simply never go out of style.

In this increasingly digitalised age, not being super top notch on your photoshopping skills or not being able to afford the most recent C200 Adobe suite (which’ll only set you back a couple thousand hundred pounds of course) can make you feel a bit lost in the times; however illustrators like Sophie are here to show how you can throw your Wacom tablet into the wind and make absolutely stunning work with just a brush and some paints.

Having just graduated from the Edinburgh College of Art and still maintaining that she doesn’t “quite know if I have a career yet“, Sophie’s style is entirely hand painted- a delicate way of working that requires a lot of patience, but also produces rather beautiful results. The tone and texture of her pieces have a lot more depth and soul thanks to this I believe, and her hand-drawn lettering is very original yet as neat and crisp as any computer type face.

When asked this question [on why she works so traditionally] I usually joke that I don’t work digitally because I don’t know how to use the Adobe suite (I don’t have a clue!), but really it’s just because I love what I do. I’ve always painted. It does take a long time and I often end up with a claw for a hand after a hard days work, but the satisfaction  I get from the work, as well as people’s reactions to my paintings makes it worth it for me. It feels nice to be doing something that’s a little different. At the moment, I just want to keep doing what I enjoy, but I’d never rule out working digitally in the future.

In content her work definitely has the kind of look that would be perfect for things such as children’s books and decorations: it’s vibrant, adorable, and slightly stylised. However she also has produced some more elegant pattern designs (such as the vinyl cover for Elton John’s Bennie and the Jets album that you can see in the top insert picture to the left hand side).

She also professes that she “devoured encyclopedias as a child” leaving her with a great love for “anything to do with natural history“. This interest can really be seen in a lot of her works – her final University year was devoted to researching polar exploration, and it’s really lovely to see old subjects or events such as the adventures of Ernest Shackleton or William Hardy (who discovered circulation of the blood) be rediscovered and imagined by her. As she says herself: “I really enjoy taking historic imagery and making it accessible and relevant today”.

And as for the future she is currently balancing a part time job with painting to keep herself afloat, but if anybody is around in Edinburgh from mid-August this year she has her first solo exhibition in Eteaket on Frederick Street for the duration of the Fringe, which I’d highly recommend checking out. She would also love to design her own range of illustrated merchandise- “Maybe even a shop to sell it in (a girl can dream!)”

 

To see more of Sophie’s work look below:

 

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Fionn Jordan

I’ve tried again and again to think of something better to start this article, but to be honest I can’t think of anything better than this: Fionn Jordan is simply kickass.

I mean, I have something of a bordering obsession on browsing artists and checking out illustrators, and I must say it’s not that often that I just stop and can’t say anything but “that’s just so cool“. And as much as I’d like to think of an eloquent intellectual reasoning for how much I like Fionn’s work, instead it simply all boils down to the fact it is just all very very cool.

(Also before I go any further here’s a short disclaimer: it’s an Irish spelling, and so it’s Fionn as pronounced ‘Finn’)

Spidery ink lines and intricate patterns does immediately remind you of one of his self-professed heroes; Victorian illustrator Arthur Rackham. However think more Arthur Rackham meets Tank Girl meets old Kung Fu movies: all joining to create a headily original and exciting style.

His range of work is also pretty impressive, and seems to have managed to skip nicely past the age-old illustrator trap of ‘finding one thing you can do well and never experimenting with anything else’. Instead even just scrolling through a few pages of his website alone there are examples of skateboard decks he’s designed, zines he’s worked for, noodle advertisements, a huge variety of different character designs, and on top of that a 40 page original comic he somehow found the time to make.

The short graphic novel Vinyara, is a tale of “a talented yet purposeless individual and her trials as she attempts to find herself” (or for a less formal introduction “just a lass killing people with a sword”), and the previews look astoundingly professional for someone who by his own admission”never intended to become a comics artist“. Rather what joins all of these diverse and varied interests and pieces is that, in his own words, “it’s just narrative illustration that I love … it doesn’t have to be comics, I’m writing a children’s storybook at the mo, with watercolours, and I like that too. As long as there’s a story involved, even if it’s just a picture of a goblin carrying a chunk of meat…where did he get that meat from? Probably that three legged cow in the background”.

And having only just graduated from the University of Cumbria I’m sure there’s a lot more work to come- in the near future alone at least Fionn is (amongst other things) working on a watercolour children’s book, producing a medieval board game, travelling around Japan and China and making a couple of zines. So, you know, I guess you could say he’s not lacking in too much creative energy or anything.

But I’ll leave you with links to his website, twitter, Tumblrand also some short questions he kindly answered for me (see below). And I really recommend giving it a read, because well, he does just seem like a cool guy.

 

What or who would you say are your biggest influences?

John Bauer and Arthur Rackham. I absolute love that golden age of illustration folk lore stuff, it’s what I grew up seeing. There’s a book called The Little Grey Men – it’s brilliant – and I don’t know who did the illustrations for the version with the orange cover, but they’re in my mind till I die. Edmund Dulac, too. That’s the watercolour side of things.

The other side of things is that fineliner stuff I do, most of it’s black and white, like my comic Vinyara. Sergio Toppi, he’s my biggest influence for that. His Arabian Nights illustrations are the best, you should check them out actually. I think some manga stuff influences me more than I think…Cowboy Bebop and Samurai Champloo, Studio Ghibli of course, and Mushishi. And Hong Kong cinema, particularly Shaw Brothers movies.


Your penwork and draftmanship skills are really impressive, and it clearly takes a lot of time to create such detailed pieces- do you ever get bored or frustrated of working in such an intricate way?

I don’t get bored as drawing gives me a chance to think. I do too much. I think everyone does, just constantly doing things that your brain focuses on, even if it’s scrolling through facebook. Drawing’s good for me in that way, gives my mind a chance to do what it wants not what I make it.

Ahah, I’m not sure frustrated is the right word, I just feel a sense of unstoppable hopelessness when something is turning out crap! And I get cramp in my little finger, that is frustrating, actually.

 

What would you say if the proudest moment of your career or the piece of yours you like the most?

Well…I was picked to go to this big exhibition called New Blood and I graduated too. They’re important, but they don’t actually mean that much to me. There are two moments which really stick in my mind – they aren’t dramatic at all, but they meant something. So you know when you just get something, or it really feels right, like a picture or a song? There’s a musician called Historian Himself, he’s not very famous, so I’m really fortunate I found him. His music isn’t perfect but there’s something about it which gets me in the gut, you know what I mean? Anyway, at my final show, there was a woman and her daughter looking at my work, and I was milling around trying to do that socialite thing (which I hate). Eventually she grabbed me and told me how much she liked it, so I talked to her for a bit, and I could tell that she did really like my work. It’s not perfect either, I more than anyone think that, but I think she had that same feeling as I do about HH’s music. It felt really good. 

The second thing is Historian Himself saw some of my comic pages and messaged me saying he liked them, that felt good too, like that little cycle had been completed.

What does the immediate future hold for you and your career?

Some or all of the following: A children’s storybook with watercolours, some more comics, the production and creation of a Hnefatafl-esque game called King Of The Hill, screen printed skateboards, probably a few months in Japan before I go to China and a series of documentaries where I play a caricatured version of myself and ride my unicycle. Oh, and a zine with some illustration buddies (Matt Boak, Robert Marshal, Ben Walton, Jonny Clapham). That’s gonna be really good, probably really bizarre, too.

And lastly, do you tend to listen to any specific music or podcasts whilst working at all?

Oh yeah, depends what I’m drawing. I usually work in silence on watercolour and ink pieces, not sure why. If anything, then Hedningarna or The Iron Horse (Scottish one not the American one).

I’ll stick on a Shaw Brothers movie if I’m doing Vinyara stuff, One Armed Swordsman, Clan Of The White Lotus, they’re wicked! That or oriental trip hop stuff Wy-i or Mujo. Also Takewon TakeL. Stereowon.

 

Represent

I first started noticing this brand a few years ago when watching the now super famous Rizzle Kicks. Represent Clothing was founded in Manchester in 2011 by a young university student and has been growing ever since.  The latest lookbook is crazy good, with tropical prints, tie dye and it being fronted by Mik ill Pane and the Rizzle Kicks duo, Jordan & Harley.

With the use of social media and the Rizzle Kicks boys regularly fronting the brand, they have gone strength to strength and now have many adoring fans waiting for the newest products to be dropped.

So Represent has collaborated with the popular brand Hype clothing, can count Mac Miller and Rizzle Kicks as fans and have massive plans for the future. A brand that is only a few years old and already a firm favourite in the independent streetwear market. For me all I know is that this brand is only going to get bigger and that I also really need a Represent jumper in my life.

Check out the latest looks at www.representclothing.co.uk

Follow on Twitter @RepresentClo

Katy Anderson

Katy Anderson graduated from Edinburgh College of Art with BA Drawing and Painting, receiving Andrew Grant Bequest for First Year Studies in 2009. Her recent exhibitions include solo show at The Blackbird and RSA Contemporaries 2013.

Katy’s inspiration lies in fashion and visual aesthetics. She looks at designers as artists, combining fashion research with the observations of processes found in nature. Her practice revolves around the latest designer collections and cellular forms of nature, proving that anything can be used as a material for inspiration and food for thought. The parallel between fashion and patterns of disease cells offers ambiguous interpretations of her artworks, which makes it even more challenging and interesting for the viewer. Katy demonstrates a successful approach of exploiting every form of nature as a source for contemporary art.

Her portfolio is an engaging exploration of Individuality vs Conformity. She works with the body silhouette, using different colors and patterns, emphasizing the importance of being different and unique. Katy expresses her perspective on the world of fashion. Transforming recognizable shapes and fashion forms into unfamiliar abstract combinations, she creates almost hypnotizing works.

To find out more, visit her website www.katy-anderson.com

Fung Yee Wai

Fung Yee is a recent graduate of Huddersfield University, with a bold passion and flair for Graphic design and paper craft. Her latest pieces are beautiful, intricate paper sculptures that will leave you in awe. Her work is not only clean and crisp, but also well thought out. She is able to communicate strong messages and concepts through her pieces, making them real show stoppers. With a string of awards already under her belt, this young designer is set to hit the ground running and take the design world by storm. I am totally in love with her pieces and I’m sure you will be too. Here’s what she had to say when I caught up with her recently:

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Tell me a little bit about yourself and your work

I am a british born chinese girl with a love for paper-craft. This love started off as a general hobby during my high school days, making some origami cranes. It wasn’t until my final year at University that I took this hobby further and developed it into a refined skill.

Your work has such a clear and distinctive style. Has it been difficult developing this, since you are still a young designer?

Yes, it has been rather difficult discovering this skill and style but with the support and encouragement from my tutor, Mr Brent Hardy-Smith, I managed to really challenge myself and create something new.

What were the inspirations for your latest pieces?

My latest white models are each based on a real event around the world, so you have the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, Montreal Jazz Festival, Day of the Dead, Cannes International Film Festival, Oktoberfest and Gion Matsuri (a Japanese summer festival).

Your work is always new, fresh and experimental. What can we expect to see from your next pieces?Will you be trying anything new in the future, or just perfecting your craft?

Haha, good question Katie, it will be a bit of both really. I would like to take on and learn new areas of design to build on my design skills but simultaneously, I would also like to continue crafting. It’s a difficult question to answer but we will see how things go!

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If you want to see more of fung yee’s work then visit her behance portfolio to see more of her stunning designs, and to also get in touch!

Behance: www.behance.net/fungyee

Edinburgh College of Art Textile Design Graduates Part One

The Textile Design department at Edinburgh College of Art is always full of hardworking students amongst a vivid display of patterns, drawings, colour, fabric samples and an array of colour. Inspiration behind this years graduates work ranges from growing up in the 90s to a tiny Eastern European village called Koniakow famous for its crochet. As well as exhibiting at Edinburgh College of Art’s degree show the inspiring graduates have also just returned from exhibiting at New Designers in London showcasing their designs to various designers and those in the industry.

Katrina Bell‘s collection (main image) ‘a nod to nostalgia’ is a bright and quirky interior collection aimed at new parents who want to recall their childhood in the 1970s/80s. Stamps, shapes and colour is really important to her collection which involved traditional screen printing, heat press techniques and embroidery on woolen blankets, drawer liners, cushions and fabric samples. Alongside her youthful approach to design, Katrina has an array of skills and with plenty of experience during work placements in industry (and a few in the pipeline!) the future is very bright (and colourful). See for yourself on her  website

Kirsty McCann‘s collection (left image) is a definite must see for anyone who grew up in the 90s. ‘Acceptable in the 90s’ celebrates the 90s cliches, inflatable bubble bags, trolls and incredibly recreates the ‘scratch and sniff’craze through screenprinted scents on to fabrics. Bold, bright and unexpected Kirsty’s collection shows her skills in embroidery, screen printing, digital printing and hand embellishment. Relive your childhood on her website

Graduate designer Olivia May O’Connor’s collection is inspired by the act of collecting, birds, bones and historic, iconic textiles. Her atmospheric colour palette and great use of scale is really shown off in the eye catching curtains while her fabric samples combine leather, interior fabrics with digital printing, laser etching and traditional techniques. Olivia has amazing hand drawing skills (right image) and designs for both the Fashion and Interior market. She is a very versatile designer and won the Duchamp Luxury Menswear Digital Print competition while at university. Delve more into her collection on her website

 

 

Jess Stewart-Croker – Illustrator

At this years Directors and Art Directors (D&AD) New Blood festival where the best of this years creative graduates comes together to show their work, I got to experience the coming together of student and professional to contemplate the next stage of the creative industry. Jess is one of the graduates that caught my eye, with her illustrations standing out against the white background of the exhibit.

Introduction from her website

http://www.jessstewartcroker.co.uk

I’m Jess, and I’m a third year illustration student at Plymouth University. I work primarily with traditional media such as watercolour, gouache and pen and ink. I am inspired by many things, I love a good wander around a museum with a sketchbook, and history often has a strong presence within my work. I also enjoy doing my own typography. The work I produce aims to capture the beauty and detail of an object in a traditional and intricate manner.

How did you decide on your style? Your medium? Were you always fond of drawing?

 I have always loved using traditional mediums like pen and ink, gouache and watercolour but my style has considerably evolved over the last year or so. I love to use great detail and precision in my work but I also love the unpredictability that comes with using ink and watercolour. I also use a dip pen for most of my line work which allows for even more detail!

 Tell us about your latest project? University or otherwise?

My last project at university was my travel illustration project, for which I designed the Russian map. The idea was to promote architectural and historical travel to a new audience, focusing mainly on Russia’s two main cities because I loved the architecture and atmosphere when I went there a few years ago. I’m also currently working on a private commission, which is a watercolour painting of Rhinefield House in the New Forest as a wedding present for a couple getting married there this summer.

 Do you have an artist/designer you admire? Or works you aspire to?

 I love Emma Dibben’s work, also Julia Rothman, Erin Buckley, Hannah McVicar to name a few. I also love David Gentleman’s watercolours plus I’ve always admired the ‘golden age’ illustrators – Arthur Rackham, Kay Nielsen etc.

 Commercially, where do you see your work?

 I can see my work being mainly editorial based, though I would love to do more branding and packaging – I loved working on the Douwe Egberts coffee packaging brief. I’m also currently working on some possible branding design for a company based near the Peak District, so you never know where or what format your work may end up in.

 With the amount of focus on digital work at the moment and new technologies, do you think hand drawn works will always have a place?

Digital work will continue to grow especially with all the considerable advancements in technology recently. I have an iPad and I love using it for sketching but personally I don’t think digital work will completely overpower traditional media. There is always something refreshing about hand drawn or painted work that will continue to captivate people, so I think (and I hope!) hand drawn and painted illustration will hold its place within the creative industry for a long time.

I really like the combination of delicate images with hand drawn typography that make the images very accessible and true to life. I think Jess’s work is really usable when it comes to corporate imagery, editorial illustrations and packaging and just really nice to look at. Find more images and info on her website

http://www.jessstewartcroker.co.uk

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Elliot Kruszynski Illustrator

At this years Directors and Art Directors (D&AD) New Blood festival where the best of this years creative graduates comes together to show their work, I got to experience the coming together of student and professional to contemplate the next stage of the creative industry. I choose Elliot’s work to highlight, for its imaginative nature and whimsical imagery.

Introduction from Elliott

Hello my name is Elliot Kruszynski. I studied Graphic Communication at Bath Spa University and will graduate very soon with a 1st. I’m an illustrator with a passion for drawing. I use a combination of hand drawn elements and marks coupled with digital techniques to achieve many of my final pieces. I also like creating narratives and comics and wish to self publish my own work in the future.

How did you decide to become an illustrator? Have you always been a keen drawer? 

I have always drawn and loved doing it. When I was younger I really wanted to be an illustrator but then sort of thought it wasn’t a real career choice. I loved drawing but didn’t think it was something people would actually pay me to do. In fact I was only sure of actually being able to do it a year and a half into my degree. Until that point I wasn’t really sure. I took a stab at designing, and before that fine art, but illustration is what I want to do.

 Your framing is great, how do you decide what image to capture? What scene to illustrate? 

I go through quite a rigorous thumb-nailing stage before I start my final drawing. I try out lots of different compositions and elements and then see which ones work the best.  Normally I get a good grasp for composition when I draw really small and then find that when I try to replicate that on a large scale its goes horribly wrong so sometimes I photocopy my little thumbnail and blow it up big then use a light box to sort of re-establish the composition on a larger area and see if its still good. When thinking about actually content I guess its down to the brief. What definitely needs to be shown and what point I’m trying to get across. I like to put lots of little extra things within my images to keep the viewer engaged as well though.

 Tell us about your favourite project? Or your latest?

My favourite Project I’ve done was one of the last ones I did at University. It was basically exploring narratives and comics and trying to get good at them. I did some planned out longer more detailed pieces, then some really quick and fast ones. I tried out different themes and feelings, created characters and locations and also different narrative pacing and formats. I really want to make comics in my free time and that project helped lay the foundation for that.

 Where do you see your illustrations being used? Commercially?

I think my illustrations could work in a commercial sense yes. I’d love to illustrate some kids books, or even write my own. Aside from that I would like to try and apply my illustration to lots of things. Album art, posters, product design, i’d like to make something for an iPad or tablet. But i’d also like to be part of a smaller market. selling comics and zines and prints and things, and having some exhibitions would be nice.

 Do you think it is more important to have a hand drawn or digital talent for an  illustrator? Or both?

For me I think I need to just keep pushing both sets of skills. I have been drawing for about 20 years longer than i’ve been using digital techniques so I need to make sure that both skills complement each other and neither lets the other down. I don’t think its important for illustrators today to have hand drawn skill though, many illustrators work solely digitally and thats simply their medium, the computer opposed to the pencil and paper. Similarly working digitally isn’t a necessity either. Most of my friends who illustrate use traditional methods and are mostly print based. I will always try and involve as much real hand drawing in my pieces as possible though because thats what i’m most comfortable with.

 What is your dream project to work on or for which brand?

My dream project??? Well I’ve always loved animation and always wanted to get into it and hopefully should be very soon. If I got to the point where I could animate my own short film or something and it wasn’t completely terrible that would be fantastic.

Some great input from Elliot there on illustrating in the digital age, find more of his work on his website and hear a little more about what he has to say on his blog.

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Shital Odedra Fashion Photography

I met the lovely Shital during her time as a student and now you can find her working as a graphic designer but what impressed me was and is her fashion photography. I was drawn to her lovely photography skills, which always projected a deeper theme and meaning.

 A little bit about herself-

I am a Graphic design graduate, now working as a print/fashion graphic designer.
I like the cross over of fashion incorporated within graphics whether its typography, image or sketches. I don’t really have any major qualifications in photography, its a passion I have always blended into my graphics work. I began just clicking away with friends, getting them to pose in a certain way, with a photographer in mind and later began bringing in photography within my uni projects. This later developed when I starting working with fashion designers and makeup artist and realised the level I could achieve. I recently did a short course (6 evening classes) to learn about lighting and how this can frame my model or make elements powerful. At the moment I am working full time, but in the weekends I create my own briefs and shoot away.

So how important is keeping your photography passion going to you?

I’ve worked as a photography assistant, helping on wedding shoots and i’ve also just gone out with my camera to shoot as its my hobby. What I’ve realised is when theres no set brief and I’m shooting purely for myself the passion really comes out and I begin to challenge myself in order to capture something really strong. If theres no passion, theres no real urge to capture the right moment and result with a strong visual. The images really reflect your eagerness as you will go that extra mile and try to get what you want.

Do you think in this digital age where everyone has a camera, professional photographers have a place?

Everyone I know ranging from 12-60 has some form of built in camera on their devices. As technology is improving with filters and people not relying on manual modes everyone can take a decent shot. But the professionals still stand out from the crowd with photography, because they spent time learning and growing and really understanding the difference between a decent shot and a powerful shot. Everyone with a camera assumes they are a photographer so it must be really difficult for those who really appreciate photography and who have been in the industry for many years. I have huge respect for these professionals and due the the level of their work I thinks its obvious to say that they will be valued and remain for a long time.

Tell us about your favourite project to date?

I really enjoyed my project Modern Day Goddesses, which was for an up coming makeup artist. She wanted to push her career in theatrical makeup and asked me to create a concept to demonstrate her versatile talent. I came up with the idea of combining hindu goddesses meets birds, this would show a fusion of colour and we could really exaggerate certain elements. Here I had the opportunity to network with makeup artists, fashion designers and create a model cast. I was able to put a team together and art direct. It gave me an insight to how a shoot would operate and I loved every minute of it. To date I think its my strongest concept and visuals I have created.

What would you do with a Gola pair of shoes, if you could photograph them?

I would challenge myself and aim to get high fashion shots of men and women in Gola footwear. Even though Gola has marketed them selves in the fashion sector many people associate it to sports therefore I would love to push the fashion side of it. My concept would be that the footwear is a statement piece and you don’t need any other accessories as it would complete your outfit. I want to portray thats its a luxury brand which would be perfect for the fashion conscious. I would also be able to incorporate the Gola bags into the shoot.

What can we expect from you next? Got the next shoot planned yet?

Recently, I just did a shoot for an upcoming musician. Instead of working in the studio with setup lighting I thought it would be interesting to work in the natural light. Take away the makeup artist and props and just have myself the model working together. I found this challenging as Im used to planning every element of the shoot, where as this time the model was in control of her outfits and her body positions. I think this is what I want to work on more, nothing staged just go out and use the surrounding as it is with my model.

Find more of Shital’s images on her website they are well worth a look.

http://shitalodedra.tumblr.com

Janine Singleton Textiles

Wandering around the Degree Shows at my own University of Huddersfield I was amazed by some of the beautiful work produced in my own walls. One in particular that took my attention was the textile patterns of Janine Singleton.

Intro from her website

www.janinesingleton.co.uk

Janine is a creative and motivated print designer and has a keen interest in applying innovative printing techniques to embellish textiles. With a passion for screen printing, Janine’s contemporary print designs synthesize illustration, painting, photography and CAD with unusual use of colour and specialist pigments. Janine was recently awarded First Prize for Creativity and Innovation in Design (Print) by the Huddersfield Textile Society. With an accurate eye for colour, Janine has undertaken a 6 month Internship with Marks and Spencer’s Womenswear Design Team which has lead to an enthusiasm and comprehensive understanding of trend and consumer forecasting. Additionally, Janine has completed briefs assigned by a range of design organisations within industry such as EGE, Leeuwenborgh and Muraspec. When creating digital artworks, Janine has extensive experience in using Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and AVA. Recognised by her fanciful use of colour, Janine was selected to represent The University of Huddersfield in The Society of Dyers and Colourists International Colour Competition 2013. Additionally, Janine has been highly recommended for possible inclusion in the TEXPRINT 2013 programme.

So Janine tell us more about your final major project at uni?

The Collection “Fanciful Disposition” is a range of illustrative and graphical screen prints for textiles. Inspired by urban skyline views, skyline detail is mixed with geometric shapes and floral repeats to create a sense of collage. Along with a fanciful use of colour, innovative printing pigments such as Suede Foam, Fluorescent and Gloss were used to create a futuristic sense.

What are your plans now? What field do you plan to explore?

At the moment I am participating in a number of exhibitions to showcase my work and I am currently seeking an entry level position within the design industry. I would love to explore printed textiles and gain additional experience in working alongside professionals within the industry.

What do you forecast for the fashion industry this Autumn/Winter?

For this Autumn/Winter, I forecast that the fashion industry might suggest a more futuristic and reflective glance on traditional folk prints with dark, romantic and mysterious colours.

How important are new technologies and processes to surface design?

In my opinion, it is highly important to keep up with the demand for innovation. The industry should continuously strive for new technologies to aid both the design element and manufacturing processes in surface design.

Do you prefer to work digitally to create or is there a pen and paper in there somewhere?

 There is always room for digital development; however my main starting point is creativity with painting and drawing. I am inspired by colour and love to experiment! 

If you were to design something for Gola what would it be? Describe it for us?

I would design a print for a child’s canvas shoe inspired by my Final Major Collection, with skyline graphics, geometric shapes and fanciful colours.

I wish Janine the best of luck finding her place in the industry and know we can expect bright and colourful things from her.

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James Lancett

Originally from Wales illustrator and animator James Lancett graduated from Kingston University in  2011, and has since launched an increasingly impressive career in the arts world, with a warm and textured style that can’t fail you make you feel all fuzzy inside just looking at it.

Lancett’s showreel (see the video on the left hand side) shows some of his most recent animations, my personal favourites being Overcast, a rather sweet story about a cartoon character’s inability to get along in the real world due to an ever-present raincloud over his head, and The Diver, about a swimmers flights of fancy.

All of Lancett’s animations have a simple warmth and tone to them that carries across to all of his illustration work as well, which keeps on Lancett’s consistent style.

 

LINKS

Website

Vimeo

Tumblr/Blog

Twitter

Lancett is also currently represented by agency JellyLondon, and you can see his profile on their website here.

Dornik

Dornik is a brand-spanking-new electronic musician/ singer-songwriter/ producer from London. Dornik is the new kid on the block, but his sound will take you musically back to the 1980s, to a time when MJ was in his peak.

In June Dornik released himself onto the music scene with the release of his debut single ‘Something About You’, from his forthcoming album with PMR Records. Dornik undoubtedly has got himself singed to a fantastically cool record company, who are home to Jessie Ware (who Dornik used to drum for), Julio Bashmore, Javeon McCarthy, and Disclosure among few. Disclosure publicly announced their love for their PMR brother’s sound, commenting on Twitter “Future/Michael Jackson/r’n b/soul/step? Think that covers it”.

In my opinion Dornik is a British version of Frank Ocean, Drake and the Weekend, with the modern soul and R&B feel. Arguably British R&B has not been concurred as well as the American have done, until now – so if you love R&B, then you’ll love Dornik. Dornik’s debut single has already caused a large stir of online attention. The Guardian have already named ‘Something About You’ as their New Band of the Day, also commenting that Dornik’s sound is Michael Jackson mixed with Disclosure- which is a perfect description of Dornik’s music. Carrie Battan has name ‘Something About You’ as the Best New Track, believing that the tune is a nod “toward West Coast luxury– gold watches, pools, neon lights, Boogie Nights, Sunset Boulevard, come to mind– without seeming tacky or kitschy. That’s mostly thanks to Dornik’s weightless-but-rich vocal arrangement, seemingly sprung from the ashes of the Jackson 5. This is how you make an entrance.”

For someone who is a newborn to the heavy populated music world, Dornik’s entrance hints for a promising future. I’m so excited to see this new British artist flourish.

 

Go and check out Dornik’s great new sound and single. Head to;

Dornik’s Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/dornik

Dornik’s official Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/dornikmusic