Simona De Leo
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Simona De Leo

illustratorLondon, United Kingdom
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Simona De Leo
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Simona De Leo

illustratorLondon, United Kingdom
About me
I'm a freelance illustrator based in London. Being originally from Puglia, the Heel of Italy, I'm in love with the sun and the sea, which I really miss sometimes, and I recall their beauty in my illustrations with an energetic use of yellow and turquoise. Working with both digital and classic watercolour techniques, I like to combine the two and develop a unique and fresh style. I like to illustrate subjects that make me feel good and to communicate this feeling to those who look at my illustrations. My characters are daydreaming, enjoying their music, feeling good about themselves — as will be anyone who looks at my illustrations. My main inspirations are floral motifs and capturing the essence of music, which I love listening to live in tiny hidden music venues around London. When I'm not working you can find me there, with my sketchbook and my dancing shoes. In fact, my passion for jazz and swing dance gives a touch of vintage flavour to my colour palette and subjects. I'm an excellent visual communicator, able to condense feelings and emotions in just a few lines of drawing. ​
Projects
  • Tits'n'Tales
    Tits'n'TalesOur mission: Tell raw stories based on taboo-breaking, meaningful topics that we care about. Why Tits'n'Tales? Narrow. Side-set. Small. Empty. Asymmetrical. Saggy tits with stretch marks and hair around the nipples, all drained by rhetoric that has reduced them to mere market meat. We are a community that wants (*and needs*) to re-appropriate that symbol by giving it a new value. How? By telling raw stories based on taboo-breaking, meaningful topics that we care about.
  • Women empowerment
    Women empowermentA series of illustrations dedicated to women.
  • Mental health awareness week 2021
    Mental health awareness week 2021
  • Pattern design
    Pattern designHandmade watercolor patterns
  • Art For a Cause: How To Translate Emotion Into Illustration
    Art For a Cause: How To Translate Emotion Into IllustrationHave you ever struggled with expressing yourself through your illustrations? Sometimes we feel anxious, stressed, or simply restless, but we cannot find the words to describe the weight of what we are holding inside. We all know art can be therapeutic and an outlet to relieve difficult feelings. Thanks to illustration and visual communication, we can learn to connect with others by conveying our feelings and emotions on paper. In this class, I will teach you how to create art for a cause that
  • How to relax during a global pandemic?
    How to relax during a global pandemic?A little self-initiated editorial illustration project. These are my top tips on how to relax during a global pandemic, which ones are yours? For editorial and spot illustration commissions drop me a message here or at deleo.simona@gmail.com
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Projects credited in
  • Issue 2
    Issue 2We are a magazine that celebrates emerging artists and devotes 100% of its net profits to charity, with each issue supporting a different one. Centring around all types of artists, including illustrators, photographers, writers and more, who tend to focus their time & energy around building an online portfolio, where they aren’t quite established yet or don’t carry the following they genuinely deserve, we offer a genuine platform where artists can collaborate and depend on the idea of being the
  • Children's Book - Maya in the Rubbish Sea
    Children's Book - Maya in the Rubbish SeaThe book focuses on environmental challenges, such as climate change, pollution and ocean conservation. Using themes of magic and adventure, the story brings young readers a satisying and entertaining educational tale about some of the challenges facing the oceans today. Young Maya has a magical talent. With her friend Finn, a talking Parrotfish she helps to solve some of the man-made problems for her new marine friends that they meet along their underwater adventure. The story has scope f
  • Context Magazine
    Context MagazineIssue One of a new art & design history magazine. Edited, designed, and, in places, written by Geoffrey Bunting. Cover art by Simona De Leo with Nicholas Jeeves, Robert Lloyd Parry, SolePorpoise, and Tafadzwa Takuba contributing.
Work history
    Wicked Weather Watch logo
    Wicked Weather Watch logo
    Illustrator/designerWicked Weather Watch
    Bath, United KingdomFreelance
    My contribution to help our planet heal. It's my pleasure to volunteer for this charity and dedicate part of my time to create illustrations and design for the charity and its social media channels.
    Skillshare logo
    Skillshare logo
    TeacherSkillshare
    New York, United StatesFreelance
    Have you ever struggled with expressing yourself through your illustrations? Sometimes we feel anxious, stressed, or simply restless, but we cannot find the words to describe the weight of what we are holding inside. We all know art can be therapeutic and an outlet to relieve difficult feelings. Thanks to illustration and visual communication, we can learn to connect with others by conveying our feelings and emotions on paper. In this class, I will teach you how to create art for a cause that you care about, such as mental health, wellbeing, equality, etc. I will teach you how to create an illustration from scratch using visual communication, color theory, and layout to better translate your emotions into images and connect with your audience. You don’t need to be an experienced illustrator or artist, although prior knowledge of basic drawing techniques or digital drawing software such as photoshop is required. If you want to create a poster for a particular cause or a project to give voice to your ideals and raise awareness on a specific topic, this class will give you the right tools and help you to create your project from start to final artwork. https://skl.sh/3ikoqSO
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Skills
  • Abobe Illustrator
  • Adobe Indesign
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Book Illustration
  • Children Illustration
  • Graphic Design
  • Freehand Sketching
  • Visual Communication
  • Editorial Illustration
  • Digital Illustration
Education
    Kingston School of Art logo
    Kingston School of Art logo
    MAKingston School of Art
     - London, United Kingdom
    MA Visual communication: Illustration Final grade: Distinction
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    CPD graphic designLondon College of Contemporary Arts - LCCA
     - London, United Kingdom
    modules: Computer Graphic Applications Typography Web Design Illustration Visual Communication Digital Publishing Visual Merchandising Corporate Identity Branding
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Awards
    The Big Draw logo
    The Big Draw logo
    1st prizeThe Big Draw
    Draw the "The big draw" logo