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GEMMA WELLS

gemmawellsillustration@gmail.com          www.gemwells.com          @GemmaLWells          +44 (0) 7545 450332        

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I have a passion for communicating about the things in life that I feel are important. I originally studied Ecology and have come from a career in the wildlife conservation sector so a lot of my work is driven by my love for the natural world.

I am incredibly curious about how to use my illustration and writing to encourage empathy – whether that’s for the environment, each other or ourselves. So far I‘ve been exploring this theme though narrative and non-narrative picture books and illustrated fiction for young adults.

Over the course of the MA I learnt to illustrate digitally, which is now my favourite way of working. I am inspired by screen printing and papercutting but love the way that digital work can be produced so quickly and intuitively. I enjoy overlaying bold colours and using simple block shapes and minimalist-influenced design to create warm, expressive images.

 A spread from  Somewhere Out There, Right Now , a picturebook of mindfulness for children

A spread from Somewhere Out There, Right Now, a picturebook of mindfulness for children

 A spread from  Somewhere Out There, Right Now , a picturebook of mindfulness for children

A spread from Somewhere Out There, Right Now, a picturebook of mindfulness for children

 A spread from  Terry , a narrative picturebook about a surprising T Rex

A spread from Terry, a narrative picturebook about a surprising T Rex

 A spread from  Moa , a non-fiction picturebook about an extinct bird

A spread from Moa, a non-fiction picturebook about an extinct bird

 Book cover for  Little Women

Book cover for Little Women

 A self portrait

A self portrait