Ailene Gray

I found Ailene Gray on the internet. She appears to be an undergraduate student, just like me. But unlike me, she can draw some very pretty pictures.

There is a site online which I’d never heard of called the ‘just us’ collective. It showcases student illustrators and artists and gives them the chance to appear in exhibitions and publications in the coming year. Hundreds of people submit their work and you can vote online for your favourites. The top fifty get accepted into the collective. This voting page is where I discovered Ailene Gray.

On the site, the artists are given the opportunity to describe themselves alongside examples of their work. Ailene’s says:

Escaped from Bedford to somewhere with more sea and less Bedford to study Illustration. If ink was a person, me and ink would be in love. The first inspiration I can remember was seeing the concept art for ‘The Ocarina of Time’ instruction manual when I was 6. I’m a mother to two rats, I’m obsessive and my insides are made out of bread.

I liked her description.

As well as the evident quirkiness of character which this artist displays both in her work and her words, I think Ailene’s illustrations are marvellous. The three pieces shown offer a fantastic range – one shows intense intricacy where another appears haphazard and amusing. In spite of this, they all exude a style that shows true artistry – you can tell they all came from the same artist. Her whole page exudes personality – her succinct use of language only supports the fantastic artwork she submits to be judged.

If you too like the pictures on this article, please vote for Ailene Gray at http://www.justusdesigncollective.com/lumpygraybles

 

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About Georgia Harris

I'm Georgia, and I'm currently studying English at the University of York. I'm also the Director of a theatre company that I set up from scratch and enjoyed a successful run this year at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with a play I wrote myself. When I'm not studying or directing, I'm often looking for musicians or film makers for various fund raising events I hold through the year on and off campus. That or sitting under a blanket with a cup of tea enjoying the luxury of budget heating in the Yorkshire Winter (if you're not familiar with it, trust me, it's chilly). I have a passion for all things creative and love getting stuck into a new project, which is why I'm thoroughly looking forward to getting involved with the Born in Britain campaign.

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