Jess Wilson Artist Biography
London-based illustrator Jess Wilson produces bold prints packed with humour, colour and energy. She creates her engaging images with whatever she can get her hands on; from colouring pencils and crayons, to screen print and temporary tattoos. Jess Wilson always loved drawing. She graduated from university in 2006 with a 1st class honours degree in 'Graphic Design' and naturally went down the illustration path. She has been living and working in London ever since, getting her illustration work out there and creating beautiful limited edition art prints. She uses a wide variety to media, including crayons, paints, inks, rotering pens and paper to create her unique illustrations and hand drawn typographic works. She uses traditional drawing techniques, crossed with bright colours. "Firstly I draw a rough which is the most important part", explains Jess Wilson, "I use a light box to create the position of the piece, the old fashioned way. I then scan it and I'm good at Photoshop so if I need to retouch something I do. But mostly I just change the colour levels slightly." Jess Wilson is particularly interested in typography, "I like the expression and extra meaning you can give to a word when its hand rendered type. I have always done it so really it's just natural... Sometimes the type can give extra meaning to the illustration". Humorous events in the media and her real life are a major source of inspiration. She's also inspired by people watching in Weatherspoons, "I enjoy observing the world around me and documenting all sorts of eccentric occurrences". She likes Techno music in the morning and You Tube. She's less keen on Norwich City Football Club, Bono and badly made gravy. She admires illustrators Paul Davis, Ralph Steadman, Cristina Guitian and Adam Heyes and "I really like the big shows that Le Gun put on," revealed Jess in an interview. Jess Wilson often participates in live art projects. It is thought that she was the world's first artist-in-residence at a fish and chip shop. For a week Jess plastered every inch of South London chippy "FishClub" with artwork inspired by the conversations of customers and staff. She even designed an alternative to the traditional newspaper wrapping for the shop that served Jackson Pollock and chips! Jess Wilson has worked with top clients producing bespoke illustrations and graphics for magazines, clothing ranges, books and packaging. Her international clients have included Starbucks, Guardian, Creative Review, Quarto Books, Radley Yelder, Made by Many and the BBC series "Hustle". As well as working with clients, Jess Wilson exhibits her artwork as much as possible. In 2012, her work was featured the "Vand A Hollywood" exhibition. She has also exhibited at the East End Arts Club, the British Library and Kermick in Estonia.