Gemma Wil­son

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Lo­ca­tion: Aus­tralia Web: Email: owl­ ME DIA: Pho­to­shop A free­lance il­lus­tra­tor and vis­ual con­cept artist, Gemma lives in Perth. It’s not a city known for its abun­dance of cre­ative ca­reers, but she says she can’t imag­ine do­ing any­thing else.

“One of my big­gest in­flu­ences grow­ing up was Roald Dahl,” she says. “His sto­ries would take my imag­i­na­tion to the edge and back. Osamu Tezuka is also high on the list. His work re­minds me that you don’t need a se­ri­ous style to con­vey a se­ri­ous mes­sage.”

Gemma mainly uses Pho­to­shop to paint, but also loves to work with mark­ers and gouache paint.

1 Camp Out “Two of my char­ac­ters from a fu­ture comic pro­ject en­joy­ing a camp­fire meal be­fore they are rudely in­ter­rupted. An­drea (the small one) is used to the wilds, whilst Ben (the big one) is used to the finer things in life, but lends his strength in a tight spot.”

2 Gar­net “Gar­net is from the bril­liant car­toon Steven Uni­verse. She’s such a strong, stoic char­ac­ter. I ad­mit I took lib­er­ties with her shoul­der pads. Paint­ing that many ir­reg­u­lar facets was a chal­lenge, but I re­ally en­joyed try­ing to em­u­late the re­fract­ing light and guess­ing which facets should sparkle the most.”


Loll y “Lolly is another char­ac­ter from my comic pro­ject. She’s an an­thro­po­mor­phic leech and ever since I made her I kind of think of leeches as cud­dly look­ing. This im­age started off as a quick colour sketch on pa­per, but I liked her ex­pres­sion so I painted it in Pho­to­shop in one hour.”


So­phie and her Fuz­za­wump

“So­phie en­joys long peace­ful dreams as long as her Fuz­za­wump keeps her com­pany. The fluffy beast pro­tects the young girl in the land of slum­ber whilst driv­ing away her nasty night­mares. I still need to prac­tise paint­ing fo­liage, but I en­joyed paint­ing co­pi­ous amounts of fur.”

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