Who are you:
Jessica Townsend, a freelance Illustrator and Graphic Designer based in London but originally from sunny Cornwall!
What do you do:
I freelance as an Illustrator and Graphic Designer as well as teach Graphics and Photography. I also work on my own projects such as developing Children’s picture book concepts and expanding my greetings card line.
How did you start:
I am one of those people that was always drawing as a child and who knew from the very beginning that it was what I wanted to do with my life in some capacity. I completed an illustration degree at University College Falmouth, followed by a PGCE in Art Education. After University I worked in-house as a Graphic Designer which helped shape my style as I discovered the joys of computer aided design. I have been working on freelance projects intermittently since I graduated.
A Personal statement about you or your work:
I am obsessed with illustration and spend the majority of my time creating it, collecting it, or being inspired by it. The illustration style that I have developed allows me to use my love of freehand drawing with the flexibility of computer-aided design.
I collect Children’s picture books, spend a large proportion of time with a camera to my eye (to the annoyance of all who know me), have a thing for random vintage finds, really want a dog, and have an identical twin sister (who isn’t artistic at all!).