Each edition, we look forward to unveiling the latest local artist to feature in Taste of the Wight and our summer edition is no exception. This season’s artwork comes courtesy of our youngest artist yet, Jess Jolliffe. Jess is a freelance illustrator from the Isle of Wight who recently graduated from Arts University Bournemouth. Her illustrations are driven by a passion for nature, animals and character design.
In this illustration that you will find on page 60, Jess was inspired by the Isle of Wight’s fun festival season, and the elegance of the Island’s local distilleries. A love of cocktails and gin was influential to the design and the consideration of the flavours that emerge when combining spirits and fruity ingredients. Blurring the lines between reality and fantasy, Jess built upon her real-life experiences of the Isle of Wight to create her own utopia.
To create this fantasy world, Jess looked at architecture and nature as inspiration; especially as the Isle of Wight Distillery’s Mermaids Gin is infused with natural botanicals. Drawing the rough design first with fine liner pen and black ink, Jess then scans her illustration into either photoshop or illustrator and traces her design using a drawing tablet, adding more detail and intricately re-arranging the composition as she draws.
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