An illustration inspired by London Fashion Week.
I am pleased to announce that my series of illustrations ‘(Not) Predicting The Future’ is a winner in Creative Quarterly 37.
A complete list of winners can be seen online and my work will be published in the next issue of Creative Quarterly (due out in Winter 2014-2015.)
I also received a lovely surprise in the post last week - a certificate! This is to recognise my winning entry in CQ34, which appears in the current issue of Creative Quarterly.
Website update time!
I have updated my portfolio website and decided to make some changes to the layout at the same time.
I am now using a design which focuses on individual images instead of entire projects. The thumbnails show the entire image rather than a square crop - this means that visitors are able to view my work more efficiently.
You can see it here: http://www.zaraillustrates.com
From my project based on traditional dolls and figures from around the world, this illustration is inspired by Ukrainian motanka dolls.
Motanka dolls are created by winding and tying cloth. The absence of the human features in the dolls’ faces is meaningful - a cross or ribbon is used in the place of the face, symbolic of the sun. It’s believed that this sign keeps positive energy inside the doll. Motankas were traditionally part of the rituals of life and community, representing female wisdom, fertility and family ties.
From my project based on traditional dolls and figures from around the world, this illustration is inspired by Voodoo dolls.
A Voodoo doll (also known as a Louisiana Voodoo doll) is associated with some forms of Voodoo and folk magic. The Voodoo doll is an example of sympathetic magic. The dolls are popularly associated with cursing an enemy - however, they are more usually used to bless. The use of pins is not intended to cause pain in a particular area of a real person, but rather to reinforce the spell being cast.
From my project based on traditional dolls and figures from around the world, this illustration is inspired by Ndebele dolls.
The Ndebele are one of the smallest tribes in South Africa and these beaded dolls play an important part in Ndebele culture. The dolls are often symbolic of life events for tribe members. For example, during courtship a suitor places a ceremonial doll outside a young woman’s home, signalling his intention to propose to her.
From my project based on traditional dolls and figures from around the world, this illustration is inspired by Hopi Katsina figures.
Also known as Kachina dolls, the figures are carved by Hopi people (a tribe of Native American people) to depict the many spiritual beings central to their beliefs. The Sun Kachina/Katsina (also known as Tawa) represents the spirit of the sun. Tawa is highly revered as he and Kokyanwuhti, the Earth Goddess, are credited with the creation of Earth.
From my project based on traditional dolls and figures from around the world, this illustration is inspired by Guatemalan Worry Dolls.
Worry Dolls (muñecas quitapenas) are tiny dolls traditionally made in Guatemala. They were originally created to relieve worrying. According to folklore, when a person is kept awake by worries, they can tell the worry to the dolls. The dolls are placed under a pillow and take over worrying on behalf of the person, allowing them to sleep peacefully. The dolls take the worries away during the night so that in the morning, the person wakes up without the worries.
From my project based on traditional dolls and figures from around the world, this illustration is inspired by the Japanese Daruma doll.
Daruma dolls are considered to be symbolic talismans, given as gifts to encourage luck and perseverance. The dolls are bought with blank eyes - the recipient paints one eye in to signify a goal or wish. The second eye is painted upon fulfilling the goal. The one-eyed Daruma serves as a reminder to focus on what you wish to achieve.
A project inspired by traditional dolls and figures from around the world. I wanted to focus on the concept of dolls as objects imbued with symbolism and meaning, rather than playthings.
I hope to post these illustrations individually soon, with some information about their significance.
Columbus Monthly commissioned me to create a series of maps for a double page feature about adventure trails to explore by bicycle.
The magazine is out now, so if you happen to live in the area - get a copy and get cycling!
Rather pleased to be featured in the Computer Arts Illustration Annual.
(Can you tell I’m trying to be cool about it? SO EXCITED.)
The annual is full of beautiful work from around the world and I’m delighted to be included alongside so many outstanding illustrators. You can buy the print version in WH Smith or online here, or pick up the digital version via Apple Newsstand (UK edition or US edition).
I have lots of illustrated items available for sale in my shop including prints, tote bags and wall clocks. Many illustrations are also available to buy as framed prints and stretched canvases.
Items in my shop* have free shipping until Midnight Pacific Time on 13th July 2014 - simply visit the shop using this link to take advantage of the promotion.
(*excluding framed prints, stretched canvases and throw pillows with inserts)