The sweeping curves and angle-bodied figures of Julianna Brion’s work first made an appearance on AOTM when we took a look at a selection of artists featured on Poolga. We thought her charm-filled illustrations deserved a closer look.
Julianna explains that she likes to experiment with materials and it can be seen in the interesting surfaces and filled-in areas. Part of the identity she creates has a clean, planned design to it, seen in the beautifully aligned corners and rises in the forms she creates. The other, freer marks and little moments of sketchy play balance perfectly with this. She talks about the this play, materials she uses, and a creative way of recycling old books.
When it comes to my illustration work, I use a mixture of traditional and digital. I draw in graphite and mix that with either gouache or flat digital color. My personal work has become a great counterpoint to the way I work for clients. I play around a lot with collage, I paint in old found books, use unconventional materials— anything that takes me out of my comfort zone! I also quilt and have been teaching myself to whittle in my spare time.
© Julianna Brion, 2012