During a recent trip to the Giant’s Causeway I discovered the illustration work of Mark Seaton. His digital artwork has a beautiful pen and ink aesthetic with a modern twist. The use of colour is also very atmospheric. He also has a design studio based in Belfast.
In my final year, one of my projects was called ‘A Grand Day Out’. I chose the North Coast as my subject, and literally went on ‘A Grand Day Out’. As part of my research I collected current postcards, photographs and paintings of the North Coast. I found the material to be quite traditional, and that there was very little contemporary work out there. The style of work is something that I’ve been developing over the last 7 years and I felt it suited the project.
After graduation I had two exhibitions in London, and as a result of these I had work featured in The Big Book of Contemporary Illustration and Design Week. I decided to move home in October 2008 to develop the Northern Ireland series, using the Grand Day Out project as a basis for the range.