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Featured. Bogidar Mascarenas Callum Prockter Emily Cotton Gemma Hampton Harold Pack Liam Smith Lee Casey Anna Caselli Marchello Gibezzi Peter Driver Philippa Wall Sophie Irving Tobi Onifade Adam McGhee Fiona Clabon James Webber Kyle Macfadzean Emma Benyon Louis Carpenter Luke Spooner Margherita Aulock Marianna Madriz Ankit Singh Oliver McAinsh Melissa Wong Maia Fjord. Special Feature. Happy Accident Co.

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The Profile Book www.theprofilebook.co.uk Copyright Š 2013: Rifle Design and Communications Ltd and the works of featured individuals where stated. All photography Š its owners, see individual credits. Written and Designed by Kieron Lewis. www.kieronlewis.com Printed in England by Imagewise Digital Printing


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Introduction We are currently living in an era where creativity is all around us. As the creative industry is progressing and expanding, I feel that now more than ever is important to know about any up and coming talented individuals, who have the power to influence and even change the future of art and design, as we currently know it. This is the initial reason why Profile was created. To help artists and designers across various disciplines to connect with like-minded creatives, share work and promote their creative genius. Profile are a small team of creatives consisting of David Sinnet Founding Partner and Developer, Nicola Manuel - Editor, and myself who is currently working as Profile’s Lead Designer. We came together with the sole purpose of helping creatives, whether students or graduates, to have a clearer insight into who their fellow designers and artists are. Profile has certainly progressed within the past six months. With over 180 submissions currently on the website and still growing, we have had the opportunity to showcase some fantastic content online. As the lead designer, I was determined to filter that online content, which would result into a printed publication. I created The Profile Book as I wanted this publication to be another alternative to the website, which would still fulfil our purpose of bringing creatives together. The publication consists of 27 submissions, who are currently on our website. I have been in contact with each individual for the making of Profile’s first publication, and what a journey it has been. My passion lies within blogging and reviewing artwork, so by having the opportunity to speak with various designers and artists around the UK, it is something that I have embraced throughout the process of this publication. I would personally like to say thank you to everyone who has submitted, especially Happy Accident Collective, who are Profile’s first-ever special feature. This publication would not have been made possible without any of your input – Thank you.

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Contents

10 14 16 BOGIDAR MASCARENAS Graphic Designer & Photographer

CALLUM PROCKTER Graphic Designer & Photographer

EMILY COTTON Photographer

20 22 24 GEMMA HAMPTON Illustrator

HAROLD PACK Illustrator & Artist

LIAM SMITH Illustrator & Designer


28 30 34 LEE CASEY Illustrator

ANNA CASELLI Graphic Designer

MARCELLO GIBEZZI Illustrator

36 38 40 PETER DRIVER Fine Artist

PHILIPPA WALL Fine Artist & Printmaker

SOPHIE IRVING Illustrator


42 46 TOBI ONIFADE Illustrator

58 ADAM McGHEE Photographer

HAPPY ACCIDENT COLLECTIVE Special Feature


62 64 68 FIONA CLABON Illustrator

JAMES WEBBER Graphic Designer & Photographer

KYLE MACFADZEAN Photographer, Filmmaker & Graphic Designer

70 72 74 EMMA BENYON Photographer

LOUIS CARPENTER Illustrator

LUKE SPOONER Illustrator


76 80 82 MARGHERITA AULOCK Photographer

MARIAZNNA MADRIZ Illustrator

ANKIT SINGH Illustrator & Artist

84 86 90 OLIVER McAINSH Illustrator

MELISSA WONG Graphic Designer & Illustrator

MAIA FJORD Illustrator


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‘The inspiration exists, but it must find you working.’ - Bogidar

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Having recently graduated within Graphic Design from Elisava Barcelona School of Design Engineering, Bogidar Mascarenas has continued to develop his unique typographic approach towards design. Speaking to him has given me an insight into his world and work ethic. Currently living Switzerland, Bogidar is a graphic designer who seems to always been on the move. Having completed a six months exchange at Winchester School of Art, he has had the opportunity to explore his passion within typography. An obvious factor, which flourishes throughout Bogidar’s work, is his obsession for using a vast variety of materials to produce these phenomenal designs. It’s one thing to create a beautifully designed typeface, but another to incorporate materials, which many would not try or even think to be possible.

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Thinking outside the box seems to be something that this talented individual seems to embrace with every project. What is really interesting about the way he works is that a lot of his ideas come from trial and error in the process. Ephemera is a conceptual project which Bogidar submitted to Profile, and which I am glad he did. Stemming from the initial word speed, he decided to structure Ephemera into two parts - construction time and rapid destruction. This saw Bogidar successfully create a series of four posters that all display a sense of originality and character. bogidarmascarenas.com @BogidarM

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Callum

Prockter ‘Art is personal. Design is for everyone. That is why I love it.’ - Callum

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Currently in his second year at Gray’s School of Art, Callum McCauley Prockter has created a well-developed and unique album cover concept for Sigur Ros and their seventh studio album - Kveikur. Callum is aiming for a BA (Hons) within communication Design, however his passion for design has taken him to new heights within his artwork. With a love for graphics and communication, this album cover demonstrates an experimental background within the realms of digital. An interesting element that is very noticeable, seems to be the use of the black square that Callum has introduced. What intrigues me about this design is the some-what scientific feel which oozes from it.

Fans of Sigur Ros will hopefully agree with me when I say that colour has almost become an iconic feature to the way in which this Icelandic band has marketed their music. It is safe to say that Callum has certainly taken a similar approach within his design. Understanding how your audience will react to an album cover, whether it is on a visual scale or emotional one, is a crucial factor within design, but also within marketing too. Talking to Callum he explained to me that inspiration comes from everyday life, whilst growing up in Greenock, Scotland. Surrounded by the stunning Greenock west coast is what seems to fuel the fire for Callum’s work ethic. yeahandyeah.weebly.com

The use of colour introduced is another dominate factor, which captures the mood of the design perfectly.

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‘Life is process, no feeling is final.’ - Emily


Nowhere to Hide

‘Ready or not, here I come’ - do these words sound familiar at all? I personally remember spending hours in the school playground, playing hide and seek with my friends. Trying to find that best hiding place was always a tricky one. Emily Cotton has perfectly captured the essence of this memorable childhood game through the power of photography. Currently working as Post Production Assistant at Rankin Photography, Emily found inspiration for her own work through Alma Haser’s series, ‘Ten Seconds’. The idea behind Alma’s work was to find somewhere to hide within ten seconds or to make herself as small as possible. Intrigued with this concept, Emily decided to respond to Alma’s work by incorporating her own unique feel towards it.

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Speaking to Emily it became apparent that her initial interest for this project stemmed from having an interest in people. Nowhere to Hide began by Emily asking those passing by on Winchester High Street to hide within an open, but controlled space she had created. Needless to say, it raised a few eyebrows but nevertheless people participated. Without a doubt Emily has successfully reached the public, and by providing such a unique sense of interaction, it not only stirsa sense a curiosity but it also provided the people of Winchester with a memorable experience. emilycotton.tumblr.com @emily_cotton

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GEMMA ‘Gatherer of fancy stationery, pretty good at Scrabble.’ - Gemma

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Peacock

Inspired by a sense of nostalgia and a fondness for simplicity, Bristol based illustrator Gemma Hampton applies her designs across a range of products, from greeting cards right down to accessories. Gemma’s featured image displays a well-painted watercolour illustration that truly reflects her passion for the natural world. With the striking use of colour being a dominant factor, it does suggest that an experimental approach within the use of watercolours were needed in order to create such an exquisite image.

However, and make no mistake about it, Gemma has certainly made a name for herself despite a late change of profession. Currently Gemma has a number of illustrative designs in a number of shops in the UK such as Paper Scissors Stone, Cappuccino Cards and Glass Designs & Gallery. Her designs are from a personal observation that seems to explore her love for shapes, negative space and the use of colour. gemimalou.com @gemimalou

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What I find truly remarkable about Gemma is that despite having an obvious talent within illustration, she actually studied for a BA (Hons) in Drama.

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‘My images represent an attempt at developing and understanding the internal monologue, which I believe inhabits the mind of everyone.’ - Harold

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E xpansion

Harold Pack is certainly a one-of-a kind illustrator, with a unique style that breathes life into all of his designs. After completing an art foundation back in 2005, Harold went on to gather experience within the events industry, after which he eventually went back to doing what he loves the most, drawing and designing. He finished his education by leaving Winchester School of Art with a degree in Fine Art. As a self-employed artist, he has been working towards a new design for his website, as well as integrating with a number of exhibitions, including a solo show at The Art Café in Winchester.

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Whether you’re within the creative industry or not, I think it’s safe to say that Harold’s designs seem to entice any viewer by the intricate details shown and the vibrant use of colours displayed. There is a lot more to come from this man within the near future, and I certainly look forward to seeing the outcome, don’t you? facebook.com/haroldpackart @haroldpackart

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LIAM SMITH ‘Lover of all things patterned and self-confessed Lego nerd.’ - Liam

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Currently working as a 3D Structural Designer at Bezier Agency, Liam Smith has a number of interesting skills which he cultivates on a daily basis. Despite having an interest and a good background within 3D design, Liam is first and foremost an Illustrator and Surface Pattern Designer. His interests lie within objects that can relate to one another, the use of irregular shapes and certain aspects within nature. One of Liam’s submissions to Profile, Rose Hate certainly reflects his love for irregular shapes, which has been integrated within typography.

An unusual combination perhaps, however Liam decided to break the mould and have an open mind, when creating this typeface. It displays a sense of creativity, as well as an eagerness to experiment. By incorporating his own illustrative style, Liam was able to produce this lovely piece of artwork. I look forward to seeing more in the near futre. liam-smith.com @giantworks

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Speaking to Liam he told me that the concept behind his design was based upon his dislike for certain areas within typography and his hatred towards floral pattern designs.

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‘Design extraordinaire with a passion for Kinder Eggs’ - Lee

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Sir Wiggo

Lee Casey, who also goes by the creative identity of CaseyJR, is a graphic artist based in sunny Southsea, Portsmouth.

The use of the faded Union Jack down the middle of the design, perfectly captures the British essence of this Olympic hero.

Specialising in Illustration, and with over eight years freelance experience behind his name, he has used his skills to supply high quality visuals from clothing brands to club nights. His first sell out exhibition, alongside local artists Ashley John and Louise Bush aka Ooh La Lapin titled ‘Heroes’, was held in 2012 and was concluded with great reviews.

Over the years Lee has had worked with a number of exciting clients such as Blunt Co, Sick Chirpse and The Gold Room Gallery.

One of Lee’s most recent and successful prints is of the Olympic 2012 gold medallist, Sir Bradley Wiggins. The artwork is titled Sir Wiggo. The illustration clearly shows an obvious resemblance, accompanied with the contrast of colours and textures introduced. This certainly adds more depth to the design.

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Lee mentioned that within the near future he has a number of collaborations on the cards and even a design project in Spain to come. With the obvious talent and skill set that Lee possesses, I have no doubt that Lee will go on to do great things. caseyjuniorart.blogspot.co.uk @leemfcasey

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ANNA caselli ‘There is always something to learn from every person you meet.’ - Anna

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Kaboom Magazine

Italian creative Anna Caselli has come a long way from graduating with a degree in Graphic Design and Art Direction from Nuova Accademia Di Belle Arti, based in Milan. As part of her Erasmus experience at Winchester School of Art, Anna studied in the UK for a short period of time, where her skills within graphic design sharpened, as she embraced both the Italian and British way of design. What I find truly inspiring about Anna’s story is that she has had first hand experience on how design plays a significant role within both countries. Understanding how we interact and communicate within the design is an essential aspect for any creative to keep in mind, and speaking with Anna it is great to know that she feels the same way I do.

Kaboom was created whilst Anna was still within her second year at university. The artists and designers covered within the magazine were Herman Lee, Randy Mora, Krystian Kujda and Alessandro Pautasso to name a few. To anyone who is currently in the early stages of university, take on board what Anna has done. By creating such a sucessful project such as Kaboom, it certainly put Anna ahead of the game after graduating. The quote, ‘no pain, no gain’ certainly comes to mind. behance.net/annacaselli @Anna_Caselli

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With a passion for Brand and Editorial, this has filtered down into a beautifully designed Visual Arts Magazine by the name of Kaboom – catchy name!

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‘I tend to produce most of my work with music in mind.’ - Marcello

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Freelance Illustrator Marcello Gibezzi has the mentality that if his artwork has the ability to make people smile or engage with a subject, then it’s a job well done.

Marcello’s work titled Scared Heart is an illustration that touched on the aspect of modern medicine and how ethics, morality and religion connect with it.

Marcello told me that growing up as an illustrator wasn’t easy, as he felt as though a lot of his work was criticised for taking a too literal approach, which did dampen his spirits at first.

The inspiration behind Scared Heart was the premises that people will often thank God for the recovery of someone who is seriously ill, but blame the medic involved if something goes wrong. This touches on the theme of life and death, which is a very sensitive subject. Although, I feel that Marcello has captured the essence of the subject perfectly within his illustration.

He eventually strived through and came to the conclusion that by embracing the feedback and criticism that he received with a light-hearted approach, he would be able to bounce back from this and do what he does best – producing great artwork. Criticism is something that we all have to face, especially when in the creative industry. However I feel that it is how you respond to the criticism which determines how good you really as a creative. Marcello certainly embraces this attitude that many, including myself, can learn from.

As we came to a conclusion of our conversation, Marcello ended with a very interesting and personal response to how he would sum up his experience as an illustrator. ‘I would have to say, use caution when turning a hobby into a career as you might end up with only a career.’ - Marcello. facebook.com/spot.o.tea #ProfileMarcello

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P E D T E R I V E R

‘Making connections and making artwork is my way of being in the world.’ - Peter

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Winnall Moors

Fine Artist Peter Driver is a talented man, who I have had the privilege of meeting in person. As digital aspects consume the majority of the world, Peter still embraces and appreciates the benefits that print has to offer. From our discussion, Peter enlightened me on the various processes of how he works.

The physical activities of walking, birding watching, drawing the landscape and woodcut printing form the basis of much of his output, as exemplified by the Winnall Moors print featured. peterdriver.info @PeterDriverart

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He uses adventurous processes and collaborations with other artists as ways to generate new and exciting work. Manipulating text within his artwork is something that Peter also engages with. His practice involves a wide range of media in order to explore everyday objects, poetic and societal themes, as well as local landscapes.

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PH ILI P PA

‘Stuck in a thread based conversation.’ - Philippa

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Fine Artist and Printmaker Philippa Rose Wall has a passion for the use of thread within her line of work. With the belief that the material values of thread are absorbent and immersive, Philippa associates this material with unexpected strength. The image featured is titled Threaded Feather 1 and belongs to a sketchbook series, which explores the power of short thoughts, and the concept of when something instantly happens. Speaking to the lady herself, she explained that the feather introduced was used as a tool to apply ink directly to the pages, without any assistance or plan. Relying on instant reaction is the concept that her work expresses.

Threaded Feather 1 displays Philippa’s interest, however it also gives the viewer the opportunity to come up with his or her own conclusion of what her work depicts. This is certainly something that I admire within Philippa’s work. Recently Philippa showcased her work at the Fresh Meat Gallery, alongside a number of emerging talents. I’m sure this is not the last we will see from Philippa. Keep your eyes peeled for any galleries or exhibitions that she may be involved within the near future. philippawall.com @Philipparose90

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The use of thread that accompanies the feather was used to keep the feather in place, thus reflecting its strength.

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‘Drawing and Daydreaming is the only way.’ - Sophie

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Illustrator Sophie Irving is currently in her final year at Manchester School of Art with the aim of achieving a BA (Hons) in Illustration with Animation. Sophie was one of the first artists to get involved with Profile, and I am certainly glad that she did. With such an obvious talent, Sophie certainly has a keen eye for colour and its correct use. This is evident through her beautifully water coloured piece depicting a seaside landscape.

The book is about a Parrot who realises that he has lost his voice, and so he goes on adventure to find it. - I do hope he does! sophieirvingillustration.tumblr.com @SophieIrving1

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The image shown is from her collection of children’s books that Sophie wrote and illustrated, which goes by the name of The Parrot’s Song.

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TO BI o n i f a d e

‘God Forgives, Life happens, whatever you sow, you will reap; simples.’ - Tobi

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With a fascination for crime, love and a belief in the concept of justice, I’d like to introduce to you Oluwatoabijulo “Tobi” Onifade, a third year illustration student currently studying at Winchester School of Art. Finding inspiration from music, African patterns/motifs and by what she watches, this has certainly had an initial impact on what Tobi has submitted to Profile. Tobi’s work titled Corruption was inspired by an episode of Cold Case, which touched on the aspect of corruption on a particular cultural group and its consequences on love and family.

Her work almost seems tribal-like in appearance, which has been carefully manipulated through the use of reflection. By integrating this on both illustrations it allows the viewers to identify a sense of consistency and correlation amongst Tobi’s work. tobionifade.wordpress.com #ProfileTobi

The pattern-like appearance that Tobi’s designs show almost has the ability to hypnotise the viewer, urging us to fall in love with her illustrations.

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Special

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Levi Bunyan (left) who goes by the creative identity of Aekido, and Adrian Reid (right) who goes by the creative identity of Orangeade, are a creative duo who make up Happy Accident Collective. Currently based in Aberdeen Scotland, HAC tend to focus their work primarily around illustration, zines, screen-printing, mural, installations and exhibitions. Since starting up, the creative duo have created a range of designs that are currently being sold in various shops and galleries around the UK. Despite Levi and Adrian leading very busy lives, I was able to catch up with the guys and have a nice chat. This will hopefully give you a clearer insight into the life and work ethic of HAC.

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48/4 9 An Interview with Happy Accident Collective

Adrian_ I studied at Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen too, where I graduated in 2011 with a BA (Hons) in Graphic Design. In our last year we were given an introduction into screenprinting, and from that day onwards it became an inky kind of love!

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Could you tell us about your background, and why you both decided to create Happy Accident Collective? Levi_ I graduated back in 2011 from Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen, with a first in a BA (Hons) within Graphic Design. After graduating I did a years residency at Gray’s too, giving experience in Creative Direction, hands on teaching, but also the freedom and equipment to pursue what I wanted to do with my own self directed work. This is where my passion for screenprinting really came from, as it was then it allowed me to really practice and mess around with prints. HAC was really born out from Adrian and I working together and being friends. As we were both in the same class, and both did the residency we became used to working together and thought why not collaborate and work on a few projects together.

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Thereafter I applied to work as a designer in residence at Gray’s, as well as tutoring and working with the design students. I had the facilities to continue learning in the awesome wonders of screenprinting. Where did the name come from and how easy was it coming to a decision upon it? Levi_ I think I came up with the name, I can’t remember. The idea behind it was our philosophy I guess when screenprinting, we both like that ‘perfect imperfection’ that screenprinting gives you, slight misregistration, blends on colours, textures etc. The actual name comes from an episode of Painting with Bob Ross where he says, ‘We don’t make mistakes, you know, we make Happy Accidents’. Adrian_ Easy? No, it really wasn’t! It was really a case of creating a name that would encompass the process of our work, without sounding like idiots. The finalised name refers to the sometimes imperfect outcomes within printmaking; whether it’s the odd small ink blots or specks here and there, or offset layers that in turn look quite effective, merely mistakes in good taste. And yeah, also inspired by our heroic Bob Ross.


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Happy Accident Collective focuses on illustrations, zines and screenprinting. Is this something that you’ve both engage in within your individual practices too? Levi_ Yeah! We both work as freelance designers & illustrators separately too, as well as doing screenprinting and prints for fun. Although lately I’ve noticed a switch in my work whether it’s becoming more focussed on the print side than the freelance design side – not that I’m complaining, as I enjoy it all! Adrian_ Aye of course, even as freelance designers we still maintain a degree of printmaking in our main professions. I find I manage to implement screenprinting in with my illustration and graphic design work. It gives me a chance to get away from the computer and work between disciplines.

In which stores can we find your work in and did you find it a challenge getting in contact with these stockists? Levi_ We have work collectively in Lik+Neon in London, and we also have work in Offset57 in Aberdeen. I have some prints stocked in Junction Arts in Aberdeen, Tangled Up In Blue in Crieff, The Shop of Interest in Glasgow, Red Door Gallery in Edinburgh and also on Ginger Pickle, which is an online shop. I Don’t think we would consider it a challenge. It comes down to a mixture of two things: Having good work and being at the right place, at the right time. I’ve emailed lots of shops within the UK and found that a lot of the time, getting work in shops comes down to emailing at the right time, such as looking for a change of stock within the shop. >

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A lot of it came down to luck, and just forcing myself to email shops. It can be a real confidence boost when they email back saying they’d be interested, or that they like your work, but then at the same time it can be a knock to the self-esteem if they aren’t interested, but you just have to carry on! Adrian_ I have a couple of pieces in The Marshmallow Lady café and shop down in Edinburgh. Social media is a great tool for promoting your work to galleries and shops. For example all it took was a simple Instagram photo to be recognised by Lik+Neon, a store in Shorditch. A few tweets later, and we were in! Not too long ago, HAC were involved with Offset57. How did this come about, and what would say was the best part of the day? Levi_ Nicola Watson who ran Offset57 was one of our tutors at Grays and mentioned it. The idea behind Offset57 was really a platform for students who were recent graduates to showcase work, meet other like-minded people, and attend various talks and workshops. As well as having work in the shop, we did a screenprinting workshop too. I’d say the best part of it was seeing so many people genuinely interested in learning and having a go at something they have never done before. Adrian_ We’ve been following Offset57 since it opened last year. As Levi said, we knew Nicola as she was one of our tutors in our 4th year, and she approached us to see if we’d be interested in having work up and doing a couple of workshops.

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The response we received from the workshops was great! The people who attended really listened to us and asked us questions about our work. The best part was seeing how shy they were to try it themselves, but once they started they were keen to do more! On your blog I noticed that you attended The Arches: Gin In Teacups. How did that turn out? Levi_ Gin in Teacups was the first craft event / market we took part of. It was down in Glasgow at a venue called The Arches. Unfortunately it was sort of a baptism of fire as it didn’t go very well, to put it bluntly. It was the wrong market for our work, as it was mainly jewellery and items for the female audience. Thankfully, we have got involved with a few more events, which have gone a lot better, especially Tea Cosy in Aberdeen just before Christmas which went especially well. It’s something that we’re looking to do a lot more of throughout 2013. We already have a few more lined up - we’ll keep you posted. Adrian_ Yeah things didn’t seem to run so smoothly on that one. I guess we just didn’t know what to expect, as it was the first event we attended together. At the time we assumed that there would be some other exhibitors similar to us, but it just wasn’t our type of scene. There was more success ahead however, when we had some more practice with other similar events.


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What and who inspires you? Levi_ A whole host of things really. I find working in a shared studio space at Peacock Visual Arts is really great, as I feel inspired watching other people work especially when most of the printmakers that are in, tend to work on things that couldn’t be anymore different from the work I create. I have a whole host of illustrators, designers and studios that I am inspired by. Karel Martens, Saul Bass, TwoTimesElliott, Max Huber, HORT, Build, to name but a few. My parents recently moved to Bulgaria and I’ve noticed that whenever I go over to visit them I come back really inspired to do work. The scenery over there is stunning, and so is a lot of the artwork. Adrian_ I feel that travelling from place to place, even within the country, sparks a great deal of creative influence. The noises of the cities, the people you talk to, the food you eat. Also in the films I watch, there is always room for a bit cinematic visual culture. I also agree with Levi. There’s nothing better than working around people with a passion for what they do, sharing stories, ideas and techniques. There’s a real studio communal vibe in Peacock Visual Arts. I love to do the things, I love basically. In regards to inspiration, to name a few off the top of my head I would say, Always With Honor, Base, MASH Design, Wim Crouwel, Allan Peters, Kate Moross, Peter Grundy, Ben Newman - I could go on, but I would run out of breath.

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Your work seems to gives off the persona of being fun and quirky. Is this something that you are both adamant on pursuing, and if so, why? Levi_ I guess I do it without meaning to. I like to joke around a lot, especially when printing which I’m sure Adrian would agree to and anyone else I’ve worked alongside. I actually think it’s a Scottish thing, as a lot of people I know are the same. I also just like having fun with work. These projects are really personal projects that just so happen to be liked by others, so I don’t take it serious too much, if I did, it wouldn’t be as fun!


Adrian_ Oh yeah, if you want entertainment in the studio, Levi’s dancing and singing is a skill that could be determined as something quite unique. Of course we like to muck about a lot, maybe sometimes too much, but then again the studio would be greatly boring and sterile if we differed. Nobody wants to work in an enviroment like that. I like to create work with a bit of character and something that’s easy to approach. I like to see peoples’ reactions to our work. It feels good when you can make someone smile or chuckle. One of my favourite prints from you guys has to be the one with the caption, ‘Worrying Solves Nothing’. Out of the two, who worries the most? Levi_ That would be me! I have it in my genes; I can worry about the smallest things for no reason. The posters itself was initially created as part of a series of phrases for myself. It encouraged me to keep going if I was stressed, or if I was having a ‘creative block.’ Adrian_ Definitely agree there! He worries too much for his own good. It is true whether we know it or not, there’s no point in worrying. It doesn’t aid you at all. I think it’s good to be aware of what can go wrong, but you shouldn’t let it distract you from the goals you set out! As for me, in terms of stress, I’m more of a silent sufferer- haha!

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On the topic of worrying, many students who are on the verge of graduating may still be undecided with what they want to do after university. What advice would you both give to these individuals, and also those considering a possible creative partnership? Levi_ Although it may sound hypocritical of me to say considering what I said in the last question, but, don’t worry. Most people graduating will roughly be 22 – 25; you have the rest of your life to figure things out and see what you enjoy. If you take a year or two more to discover what you want to do, or maybe more importantly, what you don’t want to do, in the grand scheme of things that’s okay, as you’ll have plenty of time to figure it out and do what you love. >

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Adrian_ It’s a big world out there, and without a doubt it will look scary believe me I know, but you’re not going it alone. Everyone is bricking it at this stage, but it’s only the start. Make sure you are heading for something you love doing, and if it takes time to figure it out, then so be it. As the famous author Earl Nightingale puts it, “Never give up on a dream, just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway”. Do something that scares you, go on! What can we expect from you guys in the near future, without giving too much away? Surprises are always better. Levi_ Funnily enough we have been discussing this recently and without giving too much away, expect a lot more! We won’t just be sticking to prints, let’s just put it that way Adrian_ Expect nothing but more awesome stuff yet to come! That is all. Tr y H ard E ver y day

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Having spoken with Levi, I know he was determined to slip a few Scottish quotes within this interview, so here is your chance. A closing paragraph from you both please to conclude the interview (no pressure). Levi_ Well noo am on i spot, ah dinnae really ken fit tae say like. I cid say thit ma favourite Doric word is Glaikit. Or maybe somebody being a blithering eejit. Bit I’ll nae confuse yi too much and jist stop noo! Translated_Well now I am on the spot, I don’t really know what to say. I could say that my favourite Doric work is Glaikit [which means stupid; senseless, silly]. Or maybe somebody being a blithering eejit. But I’ll not confuse you too much and just stop now!

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Adrian_ Ye cannae jist dish oot the Doric like ‘at! Fit ye playin’at? It’s an art in itsel ye ken! Onywye, I’ve hid a braw time spickin’ with you eins an ah hope me an Levi hiv been mare help than hindrance. Translated_ You can’t just dish out the Doric like that! What are you playing at? It’s an art in itself, you know! Anyways, I’ve had a great time speaking with you Kieron and I hope me and Levi have been more help than hindrance. www.happyaccident.co @HappyAccidentCo #ProfileHAC

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‘Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.’ - Adam

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Living With D iabetes

Adam is currently midway through a BA (Hons) degree in Press and Editorial Photography at University of Falmouth. Sincere in profession, Adam has worked with a number of clients and has photographed a variety of subjects. The photograph titled Living With Diabetes is perhaps one of the most moving pieces of work that has been showcased on Profile. Brian Greenaway aged 83 suffers from type one Diabetes. Simple tasks such as moving around the house have become an everyday challenge. Approximately seven hours a day, Brian spends lying on his bed. This really puts in perspective the mood of the photograph, which Adam was able to capture through a single shot. As the viewer we do feel a sense of sympathy and compassion towards the individual. We are unable to see Brian’s face, however through the use of body language we are able to dissect the photograph to have an idea of the type of thoughts, which could be going through his head.

Touching on the social environments that people live in, accompanied with challenging issues is something that Adam seems keen to embrace within his work. Another beautifully photographed piece is his shot of Prior Park, which can be found on the following page. The contrast between this photograph and the previous one mentioned shows that, Adam is a well-rounded photographer with a good eye for detail. Prior Park depicts the life of the novelist Jane Austen in Bath, Somerset where she spent the majority of her life. The image belongs to a series of landscape shots that document Jane’s novels. Have a look on Adam’s website to see more fantastic photographs. I certainly look forward to seeing more from him and the photographs he captures. www.adammcgheephotography.com @AdamMcGheePhoto

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The open blind with the light shining through almost depicts a sense of hope, one that Brian can only see but not necessarily reach. It seems as though the spirit is willing, however the body is unable.

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‘Hand-made is the way forward.’ - Fiona

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The Big Sleep

With a passion for collage-based designs, Fiona Clabon is currently in her final year at Winchester School of Art, aiming for a BA (Hons) in Illustration.

Most of Fiona’s work has a similar style that runs throughout, and this simply comes through her love over collage mixed with illustration.

After talking with Fiona, it is clearly evident that she has a passion for basing a lot of her illustrations on hand-made materials.

Her inspiration for the cover came from a description in Raymind Chandler’s The Big Sleep, which was based on the detective character in the novel.

The image featured is a book cover concept that was put forward by her university for the Penguin Design Award 2013.

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Her design clearly demonstrates her love for collage-based design, with a keen eye for detail through the use of type introduced. The use of colour is a dominant factor that almost jumps off the design, and by incorporating a grid-like pattern for texture it certainly emphasises the design and gives it more depth.

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‘You don’t get, if you don’t try.’ - James

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O ver The Mountains & Around The L akes

Graphic Designer and Photographer James Webber is currently in his final year at Cambridge School of Art. Despite still studying he has achieved a YCN Student Award under his belt already and that is even before the graduation hat has been worn. Impressive! The fascination with documenting nature, led James to produce this well-designed publication titled, Over The Mountains & Around The Lakes. The publication reveals a personal collection of stories, photographs, and experiences that James faced whilst adventuring around the Lake District.

Despite a love for nature, James is also a passionate mountain biker, which many of his projects are based around. This has led him to the role as Designer for Wideopen Magazine, a free online UK based mountain bike magazine. james-webber.co.uk @jamesmwebber #ProfileJames

I would certainly recommend a trip to James’ website to see his photographs from the publication. With a fascinating selection of high quality photographs on show, you are able to have a real sense of the mood simply through the great shots taken.

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‘Only the boring – Get bored.’ - Kyle


Mystic S ons

I have had the privilege to work along side Kyle Macfadzean in the past, and I have always admired his work ethic.

As well having an impact on Mystic Sons monthly events, Kyle has created the branding, website and all the artwork for the company.

Currently working as a Graphic Designer, Filmmaker and Photographer, Kyle has experience with working as a creative in the digital design and advertising production industry. He also displays a good sense of skills within motion graphics and video production.

The image featured was a poster designed by Kyle to share the awareness of the night he was promoting with Mystic Sons. The design displays a good sense of layout and style that is echoed through the rest of the Mystic Son’s posters and website.

Talking to the man himself, he has told me that his goal for the near future is to become a full-time filmmaker.

With a good sense of typography, Kyle certainly displays a strong creative skill set, as well as a professional approach to marketing.

Picking up an award for the Best Interactive Media fron Sunderland University, Kyle has continued to progress within the digital and creative industry.

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Currently he is the Co-founder of a music events and PR company, by the name of Mystic Sons.

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E MM A Benyon ‘Follow your dreams, believe in yourself, and don’t give up.’ - Emma

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Captive

We all love a good trip to the zoo, some more than others perhaps. Emma Benyon would certainly fit into this category. After graduating from Blackpool and The Fylde College with a degree in Wildlife and Environmental Photography, Emma’s passion for her own photography integrated with the natural world has grown stronger, and has become more in tune within her work ethic. Having the opportunity to speak to Emma really gave me a look into how dedicated and motivated she is to strive within her line of work. Throughout her photography she is keen to explore her personal memories and experiences, using the camera as simply an extension of what she sees and feels when she is immersed within a natural environment. One of Emma’s submissions to Profile is her project titled Captive. This explores the safe environment of the zoo, which provides a sanctuary for species that are abandoned within the wild, as a result often caused by humans.

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Emma explains that these zoo environments are landscaped to provide natural surroundings that are sympathetic to the different environments the animals originally came from. The photograph featured depicts the captive zoo animals interacting with the wilderness of their safe man-made habitat. The use of Emma’s 35mm black and white film almost makes it difficult to spot the animal at first, which I think is a great concept. This is incoherent with the idea that the animal has become one with its surroundings. Emma is currently training to be a photography teacher by undertaking a Professional Certificate in Education. I certainly wish her all the best, and look forward to seeing more great photography from her soon. emmabenyonphotography.co.uk @EBenyon

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‘I struggled finding a sense of style in my work, trying to emulate other artists until I realized, it was more enjoyable to draw how I feel comfortable.’ - Louis

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Dots

Can you imagine an image made from hundreds of dots? A lot of time needed, agreed, however the results of Louis Carpenter’s magnificent illustrations ideticate time and effort well spent. Currently Louis is specialising at The Arts University College at Bournemouth where he is aiming for a BA (Hons) in Illustration. Originally from London, Louis grew up under the influence of both his parents who were within the Architectural industry. From an early age, Louis developed a strong interest in drawing buildings and cityscapes. Keeping in mind the high level of detail needed to produce these types of drawing, Louis decided to integrate this concept within his love for animals.

Working slowly with a Rotring handpen, he slowly builds up the image until an outline is formed and then eventually an image is born as a result of hours of dotting. Showing the viewer how his work comes to life is what Louis is eager to get across with every illustration he creates. What I found very interesting about the way in which Louis works is that he is determined to keep the essence of a hand draw feel to his designs, in oppose to going down the digital route. Despite the benefits that digital could possibly bring to the table, by keeping his integrity to his working methods I certainly respect Louis and his work ethic a lot. louiscraigcarpenterillustration.tumblr.com #ProfileLouis

Whilst talking to Louis he explained to me the technique needed to produce this unique image featured.

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‘Dark Without Gratuity.’ - Luke

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Rain Mouth

Graduating from the University of Portsmouth, Luke Spooner, who also goes by the creative identity of Carrion House, achieved a first class degree in Illustration. Despite having an interest in children’s books and fairy tales, Luke’s passion lies within anything macabre, dark in nature or melancholy. From my perspective, having such a different outlook on illustration certainly opens a lot of doors to becoming more original. Rain Mouth is an instalment in a series of illustrations by Luke, which was drawn simply for pleasure and no other purpose. The featured image is currently under the title of the Sad Truths series.

What I certainly admire about the style in which Luke works is that it urges anyone who views his work to come up with their own interpretation, as opposed to forcing it upon them. It is clearly evident that Luke has a keen interest within the dark side of illustration, which he feels deeply passionate about. He believes that putting someone else’s words into a visual form to accompany and support their text is a big responsibility and one that he treasures. carrionhouse.com @CarrionHouse #ProfileCarrionHouse

Speaking to Luke he told me that within his line of work he attempts to highlight the honesty that often gets lost amongst dark subject matters.

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Margherita Aulock ‘Through my imagery I am always trying to transform the known in the unknown.’ - Margherita

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Currently working as a Photographer in Italy, Margherita Von Aulock feels a sense of connection with the people and the culture that surround this beautiful country. As Margherita is Italian herself, home is certainly where the heart is. With a passion for travelling, she loves to document moments that often get taken for granted or forgotten. We all have moments when we are not necessarily ready for a photograph to be taken of ourselves, and these are the times which this young photographer tends to embrace and capture. Margherita told me that there is much more value in a photograph that is natural and unexpected, than one that has been manipulated or set up.

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The photographs featured are moments that Margherita has beautifully captured which display an element of emotion. As the viewer, it gives us the opportunity to interpret what that exact emotion may be. Speaking to the lady herself, she told me that over the years she has received great feedback from her piers and lectures, which has given her the motivation to strive and persevere. Not just within her passion for photography, but life as well. mvonaulock.co.uk #ProfileMargherita

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‘I enjoy challenging briefs that allow me to experiement, problem solve, apply my ideas to their full extent and have fun.’ - Marianna

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Midsummer Night’s Dream

Venezuelan-Italian Illustrator Marianna Madriz, has certainly been a busy creative. Despite being in the middle of her illustration degree at The Arts University College at Bournemouth, Marianna has taken part in a number of exciting projects outside of university, which are predominantly collaborative pieces. Marianna has beautifully illustrated the work featured, which comes from an excerpt of a comic that was created for Corpse Milk, a small digital self-led publication. The publication was created by Marianna and her friends, who are currenlty at her university. Corpse Milk is also in collaboration with two other students who were studying at Kingston University.

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Speaking to Marianna she informed me of how her move to the UK at the age of fifteen, had a direct influence on the themes that now currently flow through her illustrations. With a passion for self-identity and cultural isolation, this is something that Marianna successfully pushes across within her illustrations. Together with her love for graphic novels, characters, patterns and an ever-growing curiosity for the weird and extraordinary, this helps to shapes Marianna’s amazing work ethic. mariannamadriz.com @MadSpot #ProfileMarianna

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‘We always have time, for what we love to do.’ - Ankit

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Specialising in Illustration with a good background knowledge of moving imagery, Ankit Singh is an individual with a raw talent.

The use of various strokes without any hesitation, whilst keeping it flamboyant, is what brings his illustrations to life.

I have the privilege of knowing Ankit for over three years now, and his work always seems to impress me. We all have that one friend who seems to simply excel within their practice, and without a doubt Ankit is amongst this unique crowd.

Most of Ankits designs have a similar style that breathes throughout, which not only displays a sense of being coherent, but it also allows the public to become more familiar with this unique talent which he cultivates.

With a passion for the simplicity of curves, lines and shapes, Ankit’s distinctive illustrations are well-known by his colleagues. By integrating all of the elements mentioned, his work seems to speak for itself. The end result is a fluid structure that embraces an abstract approach. Whilst speaking with Ankit he briefed me on how his ideas are developed and formed.

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Having such an original style within a very competitive industry will certainly put you in front of the pack, and I believe that Ankit seems to be well on his way to being an illustrator that many will recognise within the near future. Ankit Singh. Remember the name. facebook.com/Charcoallines @nikitsingh #ProfileAnkit

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‘Blowin’ in the wind.’ - Oliver

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Dre

Freelance Illustrator Oliver McAinsh graduated last summer from Winchester School of Art, and is currently living just outside of London. Oliver informed me that he has a fondness for photographs that he has either taken himself or found. This is where he tends to find a great source of his inspiration. Following in the footsteps of his favorite artists, Gerhard Richter, Dryden Goodwin and Vija Celmins, Oliver regards photographs as valuable assets towards his work ethic. Photography allows Oliver to study a particular subject that is sometimes aided through the affects on imagery, whether blurred or out of focus.

Using graphite and coloured pencils, Oliver was able to create this detailed illustration with the help of photographs depicting the life of this famous rapper – from past to present. By seeing the obvious contrast in appearance, Oliver was able to use this as a reference. The hat represents the start of Dre’s career as a member of NWA. For those of you who have an interest in old-school rap, I’m sure you will agree with me when I say that Oliver has done a fantastic job in capturing the appearance of the Compton rapper. olivermac.com @ollie39mac

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As a massive fan of Andre Young who is commonly knows as Dre, this illustration by Oliver is definitely one of my favorites.

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MELISSA wong ‘Good things comes to those, who work their ass off.’ - Melissa

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Graphic Designer & Illustrator Melissa Wong is currently studying at London College of Communication, whilst working as a part-time Graphic Designer at Scribbler Cards. Despite her profession, Melissa has a passion for travelling and photographing anything that catches her eye. As she explained to me, this has certainly become a major part of her life. The use of photography is something that Melissa tries to engage within her Graphic Design and illustration work. The photograph featured is part of a set that Melissa has taken, which show Marrakech’s long alleyways that are a familiar sight around the country of Morocco.

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Morocco is famous for a wide range of things, from the great food right down to its fashion. From my perspective this photograph and the one on the following page, perfectly represents the culture and the way of living that many people in Marrakech are accustomed to. cargocollective.com/smellissas @Smellissas

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MAIA Fjord ‘My background and personal experience really shape what I create.’ - Maia

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Maia Fjord was almost bound to go down an illustrative path. Her grandmother was an illustrator and so this had a direct influence on Maia’s career choice. She was encouraged to draw and explore her imagination from an early age. Speaking to Maia she explained that at the age of eight she moved from Denmark to England, which evidently was a massive culture shock. What I find compelling about Maia’s story is that she has cultivated this idea of cultural diversity, and filtered that down which is common amongst the themes that lie within her work. Since she can remember, she has been carrying around with her a sketchbook on her travels, drawing anything or anyone that captures her interest.

The illustration featured displays Maia’s love for fairytales and folklore from around the world, and in particular characters that have human and animal-like appearances and personalities. The magnificent use of overlapping portraits perfectly compliments the use of colour and detail within the imagery. I have no doubt that she will continue to amaze us with more great illustrations to come. maiafjord.com @MaiaFjord

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Inspiration for the young illustrator comes from reading Tove Jansson’s Moomintroll books, the natural world, the human form, music and Scandinavian folklore.

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