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Introverts / Extroverts

An editorial illustration for Springwise.com. The article focused on the subject of different characters within the office, their personality traits and how these might manifest in working methods / the productivity of ideas.

Keywords: Abstract, Colored Pencil, Figurative, Line with Color, Pen & Ink, Silhouette, Texture, Pattern, Editorial, Web Illustration

© Grace Holliday

Mortality

An illustration taken from a book entitled 'Mortality'- a study exploring interpretations of death throughout different phases of life, from juvenility through to elderly maturity. Insights gained conceptualised symbols of religious belief systems, introduced compositions of personal dreams and responded to existing poetry extracts. This particular example approaches the identity and 'feel' of the sublime.

Keywords: Collage, Conceptual, Figurative, Line, Pen & Ink, Silhouette, Texture, Pattern, Religious, Spiritual

© Grace Holliday

Red and Blue Houses

An artists book encased within a recycled binding that broke down the material elements of domestic environments. From mapping geographical locations, to compiling shape profiles of familiar objects - this project became an exploration of our surrounding, live-in patterns.

Keywords: Abstract, Colored Pencil, Mixed Media, Pen & Ink, Silhouette, Texture, Decorative, Pattern, Architecture, Maps

© Grace Holliday

Red Fur

A surface illustration of feline fur - part of a larger project mapping the anatomy of natures bodies.

Keywords: Abstract, Pen & Ink, Stylized, Technical, Texture, Pattern, Nature, Textiles, Wildlife

© Grace Holliday

Tomb Stones

A surface illustration from the project 'Mortality' intended for large-scale mural status and reproduction in textiles print.

Keywords: Abstract, Graphic, Impressionistic, Pen & Ink, Texture, Decorative, Pattern, Textiles, Spiritual, Surface Design

© Grace Holliday

Blue Texture Sketchbook

An artists book dedicated to the emerging narratives of engraved surfaces. This book explores the relationship we hold with humble making tools, and seeks to celebrate the visual indulgence of line, its textural rhythms and marked invitations.

Keywords: Abstract, Conceptual, Impressionistic, Line, Line with Color, Pen & Ink, Texture, Decorative, Pattern

© Grace Holliday

Red Sky Line

An illustrated page layout influenced by Paul Auster's 'The New York Trilogy'.

Keywords: Collage, Cut Paper, Mixed Media, Pen & Ink, Texture, Pattern, Architecture, Landscape, Urban

© Grace Holliday

Feather

An Illustration taken from a series studying the organic patterns of nature. This particular collection within the series studied the delicacy of animal features / forms.

Keywords: Figurative, Pen & Ink, Realism, Texture, Decorative, Nature, Wildlife

© Grace Holliday

Buried Treasure, Hidden Jewels

Collaged Illustration from a narrative series capturing the embellishment of natural textures. 'Buried Treasure, Hidden Jewels' combined the consuming nature of dense foliage with hints of crystalised light. Main elements included precious stones, leaf formations and material borders.

Keywords: Collage, Colored Pencil, Conceptual, Figurative, Line with Color, Mixed Media, Pen & Ink, Decorative, Pattern, Nature

© Grace Holliday

Remnants

A comprehensive research project that created a visual platform for the architectural 'remnants' of Victorian London to be admired in all their imperfect glory. Featuring original illustrations, creative writing extracts and material excavations 'Remnants' culminated in an installation exhibited in the Hockney Gallery, at the Royal College of Art.

Keywords: Abstract, Collage, Figurative, Mixed Media, Pen & Ink, Technical, Pattern, Vector

© Grace Holliday

Grace Holliday Illustration

Biography

Grace Holliday is a London based illustrator / mark-maker. Her practice explores detailed drawing techniques to create hand-made works of either archival or narrative quality. With a particular emphasis on process and pens, the way that she makes is intense, often playing with a tension between chance and perseverance to construct marks that leave behind a physical trace of the tools application. Visual rhythms, sense of place and ephemeral existence are all regular themes found within Grace’s personal, as well as commercial projects. Predominantly, such collections of surfaces, patterns and form are made for editorial, print, textiles or installation but Grace is always experimenting and searching for other platforms to explore and projects to become part of.

Style/Techniques

Abstract, Collage, Colored Pencil, Conceptual, Cut Paper, Figurative, Graphic, Impressionistic, Line, Line with Color, Mixed Media, Pen & Ink, Realism, Silhouette, Stylized, Technical, Texture, Decorative, Pattern, Vector

Subject/Specialties

Architecture, Editorial, Landscape, Maps, Nature, Religious, Textiles, Web Illustration, Wildlife, Spiritual, Urban, Surface Design