Part-Indian and part-America, Jessica Singh grew up in Perth, Western Australia. She admits to having a wanderlust, and has also lived in London and Melbourne. At the moment she works out of her studio in Berlin but watch this space – at any minute she might move to Tokyo, or New York
She is definitely a Japan-o-phile, and has been obsessed with Japanese animation and street styles since she was young. She collects vintage fabric, particularly old Japanese chiyogami or floral prints from the 60s, and loves making her own clothes. Music inspires her both creatively and emotionally, and she likes artists whose lyrics she can connect with like Bjork, Cocorosie and Sufjan Stevens.
Jessica has a BA in Graphic Design specialising in Illustration from Central Saint Martins in London.
Jessica’s approach is based on making mental associations, and on emotion. She uses a lot of imagination, and can often see the image, or parts of it, in her mind as she works. Playing music stirs her emotions, helping her draw, and she likes to work quickly – the longer it takes the less distinct it feels to her. Her main tools are Photoshop and her graphics tablet, however recently she’s been working with Palomino pencils and a sketchpad.
Jessica works in two main styles. The first she calls Girl. It’s contemporary, colourful and unusual, drawing in Japanese, Indian and fashion world influences. Whimsical, fantastical and vibrant, images in this style feature a strong female character, however there’s plenty of subtle detail too.