Fionna Fernandes fully embraces wild colours, unabating patterns, and the glorious potency of kitsch 90s sticker albums to create her wondrously vibrant illustrations.
By bringing in influences from children’s stationary products and pop culture, Fionna creates work that is wilfully light-hearted and joyous.
She talks to us about how she constructs her illustrations from the initial inspirations to the materials and figurative aspects that interest her.
“I draw distinctive portraits for clients in fashion, editorial, advertising and more. Playful, fun and energetic, my work usually features female models in fashion scenarios, but I’m just as adept at depicting men, animals, lifestyle and landscape scenes too.”
“There’s a youthful flavour to my aesthetic, and I enjoy drawing attention to certain aspects of the female face— the eyes, lips and hair— using brighter colours and patterns. This gives my portraits a unique feel and some extra punch.”
“I use an Artline pen & paper for my line work, and a brush & acrylic paint to come up with the light-hearted patterns that I often use as backgrounds. These elements are scanned in and rendered digitally.”
“I use Adobe Photoshop and a Wacom Graphic tablet to add colour, shading and distinctive highlights to my illustrations.
“I also use Adobe Photoshop to combine digital and hand-generated marks. I experiment with collaged backdrops and adding stickers to my compositions, enhancing the mixed media feel.”
All images © Fionna Fernandes