This afternoon’s creative has a strong passion for art and illustration, which reflects in her impressive portfolio. Clare Corfield Carr is currently studying at Falmouth College of Arts and is excited to enter her third year.
“I set up my twitter account January 2012. Since then, I have found so many inspiring professional illustrators as well as students, endlessly browsing through online portfolio’s. Twitter is where I stumbled across society 6. An online shop selling t-shirts, prints, iphone and laptop skins. I feel like my work has excelled using this shop. I have found a theme in my work within this shop, drawing animals and integrating geometric shapes, bold bright colours, with a graphics element. Having an audience through this shop has made me more aware of commercial elements of illustration.
However, as I am still a student (at Falmouth College of Arts), I find this as an exciting side project to my university projects. I will be entering third year this September, and will be pushing new exciting idea’s that will excite potential clients for the future.
My most successful project this year has been a series of illustrations based on ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ by Margaret Atwood. A dystopian novel set in the future, where women have no freedom. The strong imagery within the book gave me a great visual language within this project. Working with line shapes and patterns, I could create a very bold conceptual imagery that reflected on the themes of the book.”
“I studied Art foundation at my home town Stafford. In this time explored my dynamic use of line work and textures. My work has a realistic element to them. At A-level, I was drawn to realism style. Using traditional techniques, as chiaroscuro (power of light and dark) I still have a very strong interest in traditional portraiture.”
“However, as I have progressed over the years into my degree in Illustration, I have added a decorative stylised quality that has grown to be my own visual language. I feel the wolf drawing portrays this boldly.”
“I couldn’t pin down a specific artist that majorly influences my work, as I am constantly browsing for new inspirations. However, I believe my main influences stem from Art Nouveau artist Alphonse Mucha, the whiplash lines are seductive and can be seen through my work, especially my decorative quality.
There are so many options within the world of illustration. The projects I have really excelled and loved at Falmouth are book covers and editorial work. However, I would also like to see my work in surface pattern, curtains, bed sheets, wall paper design. I want to push myself into more challenging projects in my third year, and considering advertising continuing to push my visual language.”