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Nature Collective: Illustration

I've been fortunate to get the chance to travel up and down the country for work and this has meant I've met more creative people to share with you. It's been so rewarding and lovely to connect with people who have a similar interest, whether it be subject matter or medium. I have put together a few people whose work has been inspiring me in the last couple of weeks. These people I'm showing you have a share interested in nature. The first in this series is the work of illustrators and how they capture nature and the environment.

Kat Burton

My friend Sam showed me the work of someone he went to university with on the same course at Bournemouth. I instantly fell in love with how Kat uses water colour in such a controlled but expressive way. I have always stayed away from watercolour because I have a tendency to not mix the colours very well together. When I think of her work straight away the thing that comes to mind is something very delicate and something that has been creative with a lot of thought and sensitivity.

Kat says,  'My work is often influenced by locational trips to museums and places within nature such as botanical gardens and wildlife reserves. I use watercolour paints to create brightly coloured and detailed illustrations, with the aim of capturing the intricacies and beauty found in natural forms.'

Her attention to colour is very strong and in combination with a confident range of mark making captures the essence of the natural subject matter.

Caroline Pedler

I came across Caroline's work in the last couple of ways and instantly felt an emotional connection to her playful, honest pieces of work. Her approach and combination of mark making and collage makes me want to push myself more with how I am approaching making my work more illustrative.

Her work is tactile and just makes the viewer feel alive and appreciating the scene or moment it is depicting. I am very inspired by her process at the moment.

Polly Baker

Whenever Polly posts work I am instantly drawn to her combination of mark making and solid structures. I think this is why I resonate with her work because she plays with this idea of structure and spontaneous mark and what this can mean. Her fluid approach to drawing always motivates me to pick up a pencil and just focus on mark making and see what happens.


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