Hannah Nixon, illustrator

Illustrator Hannah Nixon at her desk in the Reid building at the Glasgow School of Art.

I’m in my final year at Glasgow School of Art, where I’m studying communication design. I spend most of my time in my studio, preparing for the degree show in June. It’s my ideal place to work as I’m surrounded by my classmates. I get a lot of support from them and we swap ideas. When I was 18 my flatmate showed me a book of works by Ralph Steadman. Obviously I’d been into art for a long time before that, but this book really inspired me to pursue illustration. His style is incredible: his drawings are frantic and surreal but also extremely commercial in terms of his clients. Seeing those two elements together was really inspiring, and while I wouldn’t necessarily use him as a reference these days, he definitely opened me up to appreciating other forms of art. For a while I was drawing dogs all the time, mainly as commissions and because it’s fun trying to capture the personality of an animal. I also like drawing architecture and strange buildings, but mainly I enjoy drawing people – I like creating characters that are influenced by people in the public eye or people I know. Illustration suits me because I really love working with a narrative.

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