Rebecca Bertola – Visualisation

Meet Rebecca Bertola, an aspiring Couture Designer. Studying and having just completed her first year at Winchester School of Art, specialising Fashion and Textile Design she’s now interning for the Bridal Boutique ‘Mojgan Bridal Couture’… Over to you Rebecca! You can also find her on Instagram and if you want to say hello (she’s pretty lovely) email her: rb10g15@soton.ac.uk

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From a very young age being creative has always been a part of my life and me. As a young girl I was often found covered from head to toe in paint or designing and making clothes for my dolls. I could spend endless hour upon hour sewing, as I still do today. For me it is clear to see that fashion is not just a subject that I am studying at university but it is also a way of life .There is no other subject quite like fashion that allows me to express myself totally and show my true identity.

A concept for a project of mine can begin from a range of sources: maybe perhaps from an inspiring image cut out a magazine, a particularly beautiful photo, a quote from a book or even a design from a recent couture fashion collection. By using a variety of sources, I strive to give a more unique feel to my projects; I enjoy the challenge of combining and developing very contrasting ideas to make a complex and innovative concept.

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Photography is very often the starting point for my projects as I constantly find myself stopping to take photos of the world around me on my travels. By looking at everyday objects in greater detail through the use of macro shots, I believe that we can all see the hidden beauty and the work of art that is there before us. However it is only if we take the time to delve deeper that we can see this.

Nature is my main inspiration particularly flowers because of their exotic colours, striking shapes and exquisite textures. Another key inspiration is architecture where I am drawn to things that shimmer, sparkle and shine such as gleaming glass chandeliers. I am also influenced by geometrical features and metallic colours of Baroque and Cathedral Architecture.

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My work is recognisable for its strong fine art approach and use of dramatic highly saturated colour. My sketchbooks are packed full of heavily textured mixed media drawings which I then translate into intricately detailed and beaded textile samples.

The style of work has been described as eccentric, eclectic, and quirky; primarily due to the experimental techniques and unusual combinations of materials that I use. Essentially, I like to innovate and create new fabrics. Therefore I experiment by burning and melting papers, plastics and metals which I then mix with plants, salts and sands and more traditional fabric to create my unique textiles samples etc… I like to be different and to stand out because couture is about creating a theatrical spectacle and an art form through intense labour and craftsmanship, i.e. perfectionism!

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Dale Crosby-Close – Visualisation

Dale Crosby-Close

Website / Blog / Instagram / E: hello@dalesbits.com

This one is a chatterbox (and we mean that in a nice sense). Welcome to the wonderful world that Dale lives in…

My name is Dale and I’m an illustrator/general human being currently living in Leeds. I studied illustration & animation at Kingston and it was a hoot. Before then I did my foundation at Leeds College of Art, it was also a hoot. You learn some great things at uni – profound I know.

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I work a lot with humour, I think the world is grumpy enough as it is and I aim to help that wherever possible. I take my inspiration from the things I see and hear, letting them sit in my head for a while, waiting for ideas to sprout and then quickly writing them down. You never know when they’re going to pop up so I always keep some form of idea writing device near at all times.

I enjoy drawing scenes filled with people and things interacting with each other, seeing what they get up to if left to their own devices – it’s often a surprise even to me which is cool. I like words. My work often features some form of speech or wordly element in it, I kind of just see it as another part of the image to play with.

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I also like to create big bold images with thick lines and bright colours. It may seem a bit far removed from the detailed scenes, but I just see it as a zoomed in version with a different tone – like italicising a word, or making it bold, it just depends what you’re trying to say.

I do editorial pieces where possible and have worked for clients such as Boston Globe, The IT Factor and Munchies – I enjoy working to a deadline and seeing what I can come up with under pressure. It’s also nice not knowing what the brief is going to be and letting it influence your work.

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I make games. I am currently making a game called Cliff Parchment: The Mystery of Skeleton Lake – a sort of homage to the classic adventure games like Monkey Island and Grim Fandango, but with a modern twist. There’s actually a kickstarter up at the mo (shameless plug I know) if you want to get involved – you can get your name in the room of gorgeous thanks if you like. Doesn’t that sound fun? It probably doesn’t.
I make music in my spare time, using real life instruments and words. I also like to write poems and stories, and just generally like to make things. I hum to myself a lot and make up words and phrases. I sometimes wear a hat. Decent decent Liam Neeson.

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To conclude, I like to write things, draw things, look at things, listen to things and my sketchbooks are like little tiny children to me that I write all over. I think that more or less sums it up.

PS. I’m really good at fingerboarding.

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Rosie Franklin – Visualisation

Winchester isn’t on top of my list of art-y places, is it on yours? Well it’s renowned for having an Art’s University among the quiet streets; part of the University of Southampton in a campus located in Winchester. We’ve been speaking to a few of the students there and are particularly fond of Rosie Franklin, who is currently studing in her second year there…

As I take on the challenges of being a Second Year Print student at the Winchester School of Art, I am already discovering many things about myself that I did not realise before. For example, the project I have chosen to show in this post is comprised of geometric prints based off of New York architecture. As a self-proclaimed loather of both Geometrics and anything that involves straight lines, you can imagine my surprise when I thoroughly enjoyed myself. Geometrics gave me a chance to create simpler but still effective designs, a far cry from my usual illustrative style (although I still got to show it through my fashion visualisations). It also gave me an opportunity to explore the world of appliqué: as I was mainly collaging my paper designs, the crossover from paper to fabric was made easy using the power of bondaweb.

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Visualisations formed the core of my project and helped me to really think about what I was designing for. As someone who is greatly influenced by Anime and Manga cartoons, I really enjoy drawing people as it gives me a real world situation to focus on rather than the image remaining as a flat print forever. I decided to focus on men’s sportswear as it lends itself well to graphic prints and had a great time thinking about how my designs would work in a practical setting. I find menswear to be quite a fun thing to design prints for, having focused a floral project last year around men’s’ suits and formalwear.

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One thing I have learnt through my degree so far is that experimentation is good for any project. Things I believed I hated have turned into techniques I will keep using. I had never even tried to create a continuous line drawing until I started my degree and now it is my preferred method of creating my visualisations. It’s important to remain true to your own style but it makes everything so much more interesting to try out something new.

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Almudena Cockadoodledoo – Visualisation

Almudena Cockadoodledoo – quirky name for an illustrator? Raised in Spain and having moved across to London, the capital of England, she’s settling in quite nicely. Find out more about Almudena across her social media sites including her own Website, TwitterInstagram and Etsy.

Some people may say that I am an illustrator, others an artist; or maybe just a typical girl crazy about animals and books.

I’ve been drawing since I was a little child! It’s been the way I have to understand the world. In my illustrations, patterns or murals, I represent people and situations that fascinate me; stories that make me happy or animals that steal my heart. Sometimes I draw to something that makes me smile or alternatively to make anyone smile, other times I just want to share with other people the way that I understand the world.
The question about my work is ‘Why don´t you make eyes in your characters?’ and I always answer the same… Maybe they are shy and dont want to say too much!

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The Most Incredible Hat

I am from Spain, where I studied the Arts Degree, but I have lived some years between Holland and the UK; collaborating in several projects related to mural painting. Wherever I go, my work draws on all those experiences. My work helps me to transform my world into the place that I want, where there is special animals everywhere, story characters, chicken caps or very peculiar monsters.

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Little Red Riding Hood

As everyone assumes, I participate in many types of projects. I has illustrated 16 stories adapted to pictograms for children is Autism. Everything from painted murals, to patterns for fabrics. Now I am working hard in my own project Gallina Rara *Strange Chicken* where I want to connect illustration, design, sustainable development and ecology. Hope you enjoy my work!!

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The Cheshire’s Cat
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Friducha
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Rooster and Hen

Phyllis Lau – Visualisation

Phyllis Lau

Twitter / InstagramWebsite

Currently in the first year of a Textile Design course at Central Saint Martins, I use drawings as a starting point for my research. In my work, I often draw inspiration from urban landscapes, home interiors and nature. Being a very tactile person, I love the hand drawn process and enjoy using different mediums such as pencil, pen, watercolour and oil pastels.

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I believe in the transformative power of illustration, as it communicates a sense of style and emotion that we do not get from photographs. Using loose lines and a light hand, I try to create a light-hearted, minimal and contemporary visual style. In my free time, I enjoy viewing a range of illustrations from the provocative Egon Schiele to those by children’s book illustrator Oliver Jeffers.

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Lesley Imgart – Visualisation

Lesley Imgart

Website / Instagram / Facebook / Behance 

What do I call myself? An illustrator, an artist or even a visual communicator, but it all comes down to the same thing. I’ve always cared about stories and people, and the connection between us and the things around us. To me that is why I’ve always known that I wanted to work creatively. I always had my head in a book (or the clouds), and I was burning inside with the desire to translate all of my thoughts somehow. It’s not the easiest thing to be an artist because you put everything you have into it; your time and money, your soul and heart.

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Having moved from Germany to the UK to study Illustration, my work has always reflected my own relationship with differences and personal struggle. You will be able to tell from my work that my favourite things to draw include (but are not limited to): bears, girls, any other characters, editorial, and sarcastic commentary.

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I’ve accomplished ridiculous variety of things in the last three years; a workshop with children, translation, exhibitions, greeting cards, graphic design. It’s been great (and I’ve learned a lot)! I’m passionate about narrative work and character design especially. I’m very grateful to be where I am, but I plan to work hard and push myself every single day to get where I really want to be. Feel free to get in touch with me on any social media!

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Sophie Khan – Visualisation

Sophie Khan

Website / Instagram / Twitter

My name is Soph Khan and I’m an Illustrator who recently graduated from a Graphic Arts degree at The University of Southampton, Winchester School of Art.

During my time at university I struggled massively with trying to define my personal style and find my niche as a designer. Every medium I used to create my work seemed to stunt my ability to communicate my ideas and the work I produced didn’t feel like my own, as a result my visual style fluctuated massively over the three years of my degree. I was always uncomfortable showing my work to my peers as I never felt it accurately represented me as an illustrator or as a person. It wasn’t until my third year final major project that I began to develop a personal style I was satisfied with.

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Handy Coaster

My project was all about exploring the design and visuals that influenced me as a creative. I started breaking down what it was about those visuals that I was drawn to and how they influenced my own personal style and work. Through this deconstruction of other design work I began to identify what I liked about their work and the small influences I had adapted into my own practice. As the project progressed I started to develop a personal style that more accurately reflected my character as a person and an illustrator.

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Tattoed Arm

This development in my personal design journey was largely initiated by my experimentation with the medium of clay. I had always worked as a 2D illustrator and had never considered the possibility of moving into the realms of 3D work, it wasn’t something I felt I was capable of. However, as my project was based around the concept of deconstructing the design that influenced me, and I am a creative who is inspired by a vast amount of 3D makers, it was integral to my research to understand why I was drawn to the influences of 3D work. I felt the best way to understand what it was I enjoyed about the visuals of physical design, in particular ceramics, was to learn how to make 3D work myself.

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Doodle Print

To achieve this, I attended the studio of a professional potter and from the first day of working with her I was hooked. I started making hand crafted clay pieces, developing my own visual language with the texture, colour and pattern that I chose to render the small scale models. As the designs of my 3D work started to develop a consistent style my 2D illustration naturally adapted to that same visual language.

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Bikini Body

By the end of this project I had achieved my original aim to better understand the visuals that shape me as an illustrator, but through the deconstruction of the design that inspires me I had also discovered my personal illustration style and learnt to tailor my aesthetics in a way that I feel portrays my personality fittingly.