As a further introduction to my illustration work, I thought I’d talk a bit about how I make my collages.
I developed my way of making during a long printmaking experimentation phase whilst at Winchester School of Art. Spending time producing mono-prints, I realised I loved the pure colours and textures produced when pressing a piece of paper down onto rolled out ink and then peeling it back up. It left some of the ink on the piece of paper in my hand, and it looked beautiful!
It’s simple, but it produces beautiful block coloured pieces of paper. I fall in love with the making process every time.
So that’s where I started, and I now have folders full of different coloured textured papers. These are the papers that I cut up and use to make my illustrations. I transfer my paper collages to the computer by scanning them in. Once they’re on the computer I then make any final adjustments and tidy up any bits I’m not quite happy with.
My making process starts by hand, giving me complete creative control, and ends digitally, giving me complete flexibility as to what product my new illustration may become.
Below is my making process in photographic form.