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Line is a main feature of my work and I enjoy to keep a simple palette, often working solely in black and white to create very detailed hand drawn narrative scenes, or complex patterns. I also produce digital work in Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator with a cleaner, more colourful graphic approach. I take inspiration from the line work and approach to character of Jesse Chapo, Tom Guald and Conrad Keely as well as the use of pattern in Ross Holden's mandalas.

My self-directed project began as a response to visual identity, how mankind use depictions of animals as a way to represent themselves. The hybrid animals found in ancient egyptian and babylonian wall carvings, and mythical gryphons and unicorns that appear in European heraldry hold symbolic relevance. Certain animals embodied valued talents, powers or qualities, so the combination of multiple animals in a single creature conveyed a list of attributes fit to represent an individual, group or deity. Based on this I have designed my own coats of arms and mythical beasts to describe contemporary nations from a less flattering neutral perspective.

I also explored the idea that the world map, the ocean and naval ships are visual symbols for Britain's Empire. This lead to my final piece, a 34 page concertina book inspired by the Bayeux Tapestry, illustrating the abbreviated story of Britain between the Roman invasion to the height of

the British Empire.