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There’s something so nostalgic and comforting about Amy Leonard’s illustrations.111 Whatever it is, we’re huge fans. Marked as one of D&AD’s Ones To Watch this year, Amy grew up in a small seaside town in the very east of England. “I have loved art for as long as I can remember, and always thought it would be the path I would take,” she tells us. “I had always loved painting and taking the likeness of people and places. It wasn’t until I discovered illustration through my tutors at my college that I realised that I realised that was what I wanted to do.”
So Amy enrolled on the Illustration course at Arts University Bournemouth and got into the illustration world. “I met some of my best friends there, who introduced me to so many artists I hadn’t heard of before, but now make up most of the influences behind my work. I think there through a lot of experimenting; I discovered that although a lot of modern Illustration is very conceptual, I work best when sticking to my roots and what I loved the most – painting.”
This also explains many of the themes behind her recent work, which features “atmospheric and emotive landscapes, from seemingly mundane urban settings,” as she puts it.
“My portraiture work combines realism with abstract elements, usign digital media to imitate painting techniques.”