I'm Louise Byng, a recent (ish) graduate from The Arts University (College) at Bournemouth. I currently work as a freelance illustrator in my homeland of the midlands as well as acting as the Assistant Editor for Another Escape magazine. Tackling a variety of subjects I use graphite and vibrant pencil crayons to create reflective drawings, built upon the use of strong expressive mark-making. To me every drawing is a 'wild frontier' and a form of cautious play, gradually feeling my way around the page with each stroke until the image has been built up. Having developed a recent interest in portraiture, the images here show my experiments in using boldness of colour to enhance the character of the subject in a distinctive manner. Focusing on current affairs, I try to use illustration as a form of timely documentation, creating work on what is happening both around me and more broadly in terms of society and culture in order to strike up a meaningful dialogue with others (now made easier through the instantaneous sharing of the www). Drawing is my passion because I find it continually challenging. There is always more to learn, to try out, to be proud of and to fail at, and my tactile aesthetic reflects a respect for drawing as a process, not just a finished product.


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