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Traditional Drawn Illustrations Using Alcohol Markers

Traditional Drawn Illustrations Using Alcohol Markers

Illustration Portfolio

Illustration Portfolio

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The Intention

Jessica is a natural born storyteller. Finding a story in everything she sees and always inventing new tales. The most logical choice for her career path was that of an illustrator. Her goal started out to tell other people's stories with her illustrations (which she still does), but as time went on she found her voice through her artwork and found she had her own stories to tell, messages to spread and to pull forth emotions out of her followers. she does this through detail rich illustrations parred with a linework method unique to Jessica where she uses a strong variation of thin and thick lines and then enhanced with vibrant saturated color. Jessica's favorite genres are science fiction, fantasy, paranormal and horror. These themes are found throughout her portfolio, along with a strong emphasis on mental health.  Her intention is to make her audience question their reality, and ultimately learn something about themselves.

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The Materials

Jessica is versed in many different mediums, however her favorite medium is alcohol markers. Their high bendability and vibrant colors allow her to layer color on top of color to get the affect she is looking for. Her alcohol marker brand of choice is Copic. Sometimes she will add colored pencil or liquid ink (acrylic and alcohol) or acrylic paint to her illustrations in order to get the affect she is looking for. 

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Find Out More About The Artist Here

Inkblot Monster  Portfolio

Inkblot Monster Portfolio

Traditional Drawn Illustrations Created With Splattered Ink and Alcohol Markers

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A Different Perspective

This is another section of Jessica's portfolio. She has had a strong interest in psychology and a fascination with ink. She has a BFA in Illustration and Professional Development Credited Courses in Psychology.

She applies her educational background to her work. The Inkblot Monsters is one aspect of this.

The concept behind the use of inkblots is not new. We are all familiar with the Rorschach test. But, are we familiar with how the Rorschach test works? This became an area of study for Jessica as she combined her love for ink with her love for psychology. She learned about pareidolia, how we see meaningful things in meaningless objects. Which is why we see shapes in clouds and faces in tree bark. Inkblots work the same way. Exploring this concept, Jessica splatters ink on a piece of paper and doodles her monster in and around the ink. Never having a plan or knowing what will come out of the ink. Thus, her monsters are born. She has taken her exploration of Inkblots further and given speeches on pareidolia and run workshops at conferences. Regularly you can drop into Jessica's studio and make your own inkblot monster. And, discover what you see in the ink. 

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