Camilla Perkins illustrations and surface designs are born in curiosity, in her fascination for the world around her whether it be food, creating commemorations to personal heroes, zoological and marine specimens in a museum, strange curios and artifacts or outsider art. All of it comes into play, is brought to life in her vivid artwork.
Working without limitation Perkins designs can be found on everything from a ceramics to kitchenware, posters to book covers, wallpaper to stationary, she has no fear just an inner belief that colour can bring the world to attention, can uplift and enrich everything around it. Her process begins with drawing everything by hand – either with a black marker pen or with paint – on to acetate after which she then scratches the surface with a knife. The colours are then changed, the process repeated and everything is put together in photoshop.
The range of Perkins work is quite extraordinary but I thought I’d show you her portraits and more figurative work. They’re fun. And her layering of colour and line gives each image a wonderful emotional depth and texture, each picture vivacious, hopping off the page, almost breathing. Its quite an incredible technique and given that shes only graduated in 2012 will serve her well over the coming decades.