I am a UK based illustrator currently graduating from Huddersfield University. I began painting and drawing at a young age and soon discovered that art was my passion and haven't put down a pencil since. I mostly illustrate using traditional techniques such as ink and watercolour, finishing the pieces digitally to combine the two methods seamlessly and create a unique and personal outcome. I enjoy working with nature and the female face as a source of reference for my work, but equally enjoy the accuracy of working with programmes like Indesign and Photoshop to create clean and crisp outcomes with typography integrated within the deigns. When given a brief my skill easily adapt to what the client is looking for, with many of my illustrations working well commercially or as stand alone pieces of work to be adapted in to prints. Instagram : montannajade_illustrations
- Monochrome Illustrations - Colouring bookA collection of monochrome illustrations created using ink and layout paper to achieve a crisp scan, then digitally manipulated and adjusted to create contrasting intricate images. Designed for the purpose of an adult colouring book with nature and wildlife as the main focus, but would easily adapt to framed prints, making the perfect addition to any modern interior.
- The Ability of NatureA collection of illustrations formatted and edited to create the inside double page spreads for a book informing the user of the benefits of different flowers, herbs and roots. The images displayed make up the background layouts for text to be manipulated around for publication. To produce these layouts I have used a mixture of different techniques, including watercolour, ink and fine-liner, along with digital manipulation and layering techniques. I have included the drawing sheets of some of
- The Ability of NatureIllustrations to make up a section within my Final Major Project, informing the user of the different uses and benefits of herbs. To create the illustrations I used fine-liner drawn on layout paper and scanned in to Photoshop, then digitally rendered the individual herbs to create the illustration for each page. A print of all has also been included, a welcome addition to anyone's kitchen.
- Trouble - An Anthology of short storiesA university brief designed by the English department, to produce a cover to incase the short stories produced by the students with the topic of the troubles across different countries. To produce this piece I created a watercolour painting of the female eyes, representing a window in to a persons soul. I then used photographs I took of fire, silhouetted within watercolour pooling in photoshop, layered with trouble written in different languages. Thus creating a flowing and colourful piece.
- Norwegian Wood by Haruki MurakamiA university project to bring a new lease of life to an existing book, Norwegian Wood written by Haruki Murakami. the produce this I used a combination of watercolour and gouache to create the main element features on the front cover. I then used a mixture of photography and layering in Photoshop to create the watercolour wood effect background, layer the music to the song Norwegian Wood by The Beatles over the top to create a more complex and interesting base to hold the existing text.
- Menu DesignCommissioned to create a menu for an up and coming restaurant - Ten Fourteen. To produce this I used a combination of typography and Indesign to create a menu design that would be striking and stand out, whilst also being easy to read for the customer. Working closely with the client to produce an outcome that fitted the brief adhering to the needs of client.
Projects credited in
- The University of Huddersfield, BA (Hons) IllustrationThe illustrator gathers, enlivens, softens or perturbs – drawing our surroundings, histories and desires together in a journey from eye to hand. To draw is to navigate thresholds of difference and representation, in order to stage an encounter between singular, subcultural and majoritarian ways of seeing. Escaping the page and crossing the frame, line and narrative become vectors. Wending, weaving and spreading, they seek new surfaces, and explore new contexts. By infiltrating disciplines an15