I was asked by Varoom!, the illustration magazine based in England, to create a cover for their current issue. The topic of the issue is all of the new illustration that is coming from various parts of the world. The main idea that came to my mind was of a figure that embodied the various cultures covered in the issue (Chinese, Brazilian, Indian, Russian). With that as a starting point, I got to work.
Lately, I've been trying some new ways of working, some of it including collage. I've been painting random shapes, flower, animals, etc. on paper, cutting them out, and bringing them together into several collages. I decided to start off like this.
Collaging and moving around all of the elements allows me to try different compositions, vary placement of items, find different meanings and so on. Below is more of the process and various details.
The inside of the Varoom! issue also includes an interview and photo of my studio
Final artwork â€” acrylic, watercolor, and coffee on paper, 22" x 26"