Jo Blakely

ImagineFX - - Issue 137 August 2016 - Lo­ca­tion: Canada Web: lit­tle­ Em ail: lit­tle­ ME­DIA: Manga Stu­dio

Jo be­gan her ca­reer as a fash­ion de­signer, study­ing and work­ing in Paris. “I still love play­ing with the folds of drap­ery and pat­tern in my illustrations,” she ad­mits.

“Cur­rently with my art, I’m play­ing with a fu­sion of ab­strac­tion and rep­re­sen­ta­tional”, she says. “I have al­ways done both, but only re­cently be­gan com­bin­ing them.”

Jo re­veals that she en­joys il­lus­trat­ing myths, re­li­gions, folk and fairy tales, or ex­press­ing some­thing per­sonal through multi-cul­tural archetypes. 1 WILD SWANS “An illustration based on Hans Chris­tian An­der­sen’s fairy tale Wild Swans. The swans are her broth­ers and she must knit them sweaters to re­store them but can’t speak un­til she does. There is so much sad­ness in this story and I love il­lus­trat­ing emo­tion.” A BEAUTI FUL DECE PTION “This was in­spired by the Por­tuguese Man O’War: a deadly but beau­ti­ful siren. Bring­ing a bit more char­ac­ter de­sign into my work.” AWE “Part of a se­ries that’s a bit of a re­oc­cur­ring theme in my work, of the world and uni­verse and every­thing in it an­i­mated by soul. I’m a spir­i­tual per­son but hate talk­ing about it – I pre­fer to ex­press it through my work.”

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