ART & DESIGN BRIGHTON COLLAGE FINE ART ILLUSTRATION

LUCY SHERSTON – ILLUSTRATOR & ARTIST

Tell us a little about yourself, where does your creativity come from?

I think it comes from the need to unload my brain on to paper. It’ll be a combination of things I’ve seen or ideas for drawings that I’ll scrawl down in my sketchbook and then start to see the connections between images and ideas, and then begin to formulate a composition. I’m really interested in how forms fit together, and I enjoy this process of making things fit together in my work.

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What mediums do you use in your work?

I like my work to evidence the human hand, and show signs of the process that was used to make it. I also work digitally, with scanned textures and shapes on photoshop and then combine these elements with hand drawn and painterly textures. The digital element suits my impatient nature as it’s a fast way of working. I like marrying these two mediums together.

I also do a lot of work with wood and paint. I enjoy the limitations set by these mediums. With a drawing or a digital piece I can continue layering and layering and working into an image. But when using paint and wood it forces me to work much more simply and graphically. I used to do a lot more lettering work in this medium, but recently I guess I’ve been more image focused.

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You have developed a really colourful and collage like style, did it take a lot of time and development to get to this point or was it more of a natural progression that felt right?

Both really, it’s been a natural progression but it’s taken me a long time to get to this point. I’ve experimented with a lot of different ways of image making, and have developed working in a way that excites me. I’m always developing and I still get excited trying out new mediums and techniques.

We know some of your work is currently being sold in Dowse, what advise would you give budding illustrators wanting to get their work into design shops?

I’m employed by Dowse as an in-house print designer as well as working in the shop. It’s taught me a lot about how to approach businesses you want to stock your work. My advice would be, strike up a conversation with the shop owner. Make your work appropriate and targeted to the shop. No matter how good your work is, if it’s not appropriate to the market the shop is selling for then it won’t really work. Have a professional looking document with examples of your work and your wholesale prices, and introduce yourself. Being friendly goes a long way.

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What has been your greatest achievement to date?

The thing I’m proudest of is that I’m beginning to make a living out of doing what I love everyday. I feel a sense of achievement when someone buys my work, or emails me to say they discovered my work and enjoy it, or comments on my photos. At the risk of sounding cheesy, these are things that really keep you going. Being self employed or a freelancer can be really difficult but having the support from clients, other artists and the public makes a massive difference.

If we want to purchase any of your other prints where can we get them?

I have a little web shop over at lucysherston.tictail.com

Lastly can we take a peek at your work station?

This is my desk space in my bedroom. It suits me really well and I get great light, although I’d love to have my own studio space one day. If I’m working on larger pieces or working with wood I use my parents garage.

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Instagram – @lucysherston
www.lucysherston.com

 

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