A Light-hearted Yet Brazen Tone in Inky Illustrations by Jacky Sheridan

Strong lines, big colours, and brutally honest character observations are all part of Jacky Sheridan’s work, which is charmingly bold, both visually and in humour and tone.

While Jacky certainly has a talent for laugh-out-loud, topical fun, it’s never so much that it detracts from her skills for striking designs. Even the most light-hearted of illustrations are accompanied by thought-out compositions and a pleasantly free, inky drawing style.

Jacky talks to us about where she thinks the tone in her work developed from, and also about a few of the process she uses to create her work.

“I work mainly in producing editorial illustration & branding with my typographic work. I think between the bold lines and vibrant limited colours, the guts of my work has a lot of humour and controversy in it. Probably influenced from growing up as a little punk kid (and never really growing out of it tbh).”

“I’m very lucky to belong to an illustration agency here called UsFolk where I have my own space in house to work freelance overlooking the glamorous sights of Belfast—a big Boots and several pound shops. My desk is easily identifiable by the plethora of ink stains on it.”

“As I work by hand, I generally start an illustration by adding to the horrendous amount of screen shots on my Mac desktop as reference or ‘research’ then move onto little thumbnail roughs for composition purposes or make an absolute monster in Photoshop to use as reference – think MS Paint-esque Frankensteins made up of various composite images.”

“Once they’re done, I’ll draw the separate pieces of an illustration with a lightbox and ink so I can play around with scale, perspective and layering elements later when I transfer my scans into Adobe Illustrator which I use to colour everything.”

All images © Jacky Sheridan, 2018

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