To create dream-like animal portraits and illustrations, Amy Hamilton, Kingston-based graphic designer, uses both digital and traditional tools. Mostly her work is inspired by the great nature.
In the beginning, Hamilton is using the conventional instruments like ink, graphite and gouache – (thickened opaque pigment ground in water) to create the elegant softness in each of her illustration. Only when she needs to emphasize the comforting quiet texture in her work, she would then add in the digital elements.
Her artwork somehow have quite a rustic feel, even if they are illustrated in unique and imaginative designs. This makes them have a sense of roughness that clearly shows the natural world with its untouched wilderness. And to add some effects and bring tension to the animals, she would use both warm and cool colors. So, when her brush stroke style is combined with these contrasting colors, they will bring the earthy animals to life.