Location: England Web: http://ifxm.ag/j-davis Email: firstname.lastname@example.org ME DIA: Photoshop
Jacqui has spent the past three years as a freelance illustrator, creating art for board games and children’s publications. “I work primarily in Photoshop with my trusty Cintiq,” she reveals. “I started out learning to be a 2D animator, so the tablet reminds me of the old light boxes. My terrible dancing showed me that I had no sense of timing and I soon decided to stick with my first love, which was illustration.”
While she works Jacqui usually has either a good fantasy show or documentary playing (“Who doesn’t love David Attenborough?”), which is where she gets a lot of ideas for her personal work.
1 Lion Sleeps Tonight “I had a couple of weeks completely client free, so I decided to be a bit selfindulgent and paint one of my characters. It was the first piece I’d painted using masks in Photoshop and wow, did they save me a lot of time!”
2 Formula E “One of my first board games was Formula E for Game Salute. The art director was great to work with and helped a lot with this piece. I’ll always look back on this painting fondly.”
3 Arctic Fox “One of my favourite TV shows growing up was The Animals of Farthing Wood. I later read the books, and this piece is a homage to both. I spend a lot of time drawing my own band of foxes and it was really my first ventures into character creation.”
4 In the Woods “I feel I tend to use quite static poses, so in this piece I was trying to go for something with a bit more action than I usually do. Halfway through I accidentally flattened the file and almost abandoned it, but was glad that I didn’t. When I do non-client work I usually try to do something new and here I worked on trying to create an atmosphere with dappled light.”