There’s happiness to be found in Jacqueline Colley’s illustrations. There’s also an abundance of color. “I actually regularly pin or photograph things just for the color combination,” Colley remarked once in an interview with Yes I’m a Designer. “Sometimes I want to work with a color combination so bad I will design a screen print specifically for it so that I can play with it.”
After studying Visual Communication at Chelsea Art College, Colley went on to work in print design for six years before returning to her roots in illustration. But her background in graphic design is very evident in her work, with her illustrations being approachable (making them commercially appealing) without losing their artistic edge.
With clients that include Twitter UK, Kate Spade, and FLOW Magazine, as well as an impressive following on Instagram, there’s a lot going on for Colley these days. But like most creatives, her practice is mostly solitary, requiring time and patience.
“I work by hand a lot with felt tip pens but everything ends up in photoshop which I love as you can do so much in that one application,” she explained her creative process. “I make my patterns in there, change colors, re-draw things touch up photos for my online shop and just recently I’m learning to make GIFs which is an exciting new thing to learn!”
Follow her Instagram page for a punch of color and pattern.