Liverpool Based Illustrator Bex Hornby
We kick off thursday morning with the work of illustrator and designer Bex Hornby, who is based out of Liverpool. A woman with extraordinary talent and extremely humble, in 2012 she has been shortlisted for jobs with channel4, the Tate Gallery and a wedding at the MGM grand in Las Vegas.
I’m Bex a 23 (soon to be 24) illustrator and designer from Liverpool, I have always wanted to work within the creative industry and could never imagine myself in any other environment! even as a small child I knew I wanted to pursue the arts above and beyond anything else and up to now I am happy to say I have stuck to it! I would have to describe my illustration work as eclectic, brash child like and colorful I love experimenting and refuse to draw something accurately as i find expressive broken lines far more interesting. My pet hate is perfectionists, I love chaos and mess and I draw in pen only for this reason If I make a mistake I embrace it and work around it.
I draw inspiration from anything and everything, I recently found an old broken Kaleidoscope which resulted in my current obsession of creating bright repeat patterns of my illustration work, my favorite being a pattern made from a double deck bus.
Artists I admire range from the playful work of Mary Blair to the controversial Takashi Murakmi, I love there bold use of colour and shape.
2012 has been a great year for me so far, in the past few months I have had many amazing opportunity’s including designing and creating for a wedding at MGM Grand Las Vegas , being shortlisted for a design job at Channel 4, to working for the Tate gallery for the incredible Monet Turner and Twombly exhibition. All-though this has been a fantastic year for me and my work, It has not always been the case and I have had many setbacks and moments of doubt as I’m sure many artists do.
My biggest regret would have to be moving away from Liverpool and attending University. Although the University was fantastic and I learned many skills and made life long friends, in terms of career progression this choice was not for me and I personally feel my work and creativity suffered because of it. It took me along time to realize that University is not for everyone and in hind sight I wish I would have spent those four years differently.
My future plan is ambitious but at the moment I am currently working very hard with a fellow artist (Kyle Richardson) to set up a very special business we are in the early stages so we are keeping it incredibly secret .. but I will say some pretty exciting things are happening and I can not wait to launch and when we do Jared and the lovely people of Business Boom Collective will be the first to hear about it!..watch this space.