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Artist Talks// Julia de Graaf

I first came across the work of Julia when I sold my own stuff at the Flock Fair organised by Illustration students at Falmouth University.  I was drawn to how she used media in combination and how she has a real eye for colour. 

Today we met up for a coffee in Espressini and talked all things art, music and work ethic. I was also looking forward to seeing some of her sketchbooks. I am always intrigued how other artists/designers document their day to day life and sketchbooks give a good indication to working process. 

When first looking through her books it's clear that straight away she is not afraid to experiment with media. Over the christmas period last year she started posting drawings done in brush pen and in smaller sketchbooks. Seeing this partly motivated me to start working in smaller sketchbooks and doing this has taken the pressure off and just drawing to document a day rather than being precious about it. 

I relate strongly to her use of line to capture narrative. She uses it confidently to convey shape and tone within subject matter.


It's clear that Julia is passionate about what she does. We talked for ages about having confidence within your work and knowing when to take criticism and advice. I left feeling more confident in my own ability and what I am doing which was a really nice feeling to have. 

Some of my favourite work Julia has made is how she documented other creatives and how they use their studio space.  These pieces are strong because of how text and layering have been combined. 




Seeing her work has also motivated me to push on with continuing to anchor my own practice and combining mark making create narrative.

You can see more of Julia's work on Facebook//

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