BOLD FEMALE GESTURAL LINES - Interview with Jena Marie

I’m an Australian illustrator and graphic designer based in Melbourne. With my background being in graphic design, my work draws heavily on design principles, specifically bold gestural lines coupled with negative space and simple muted color palettes. The emphasis of my illustrations is on the role between the beauty of the female form and how it interacts with fashion.

What is it about illustrating that you love?

Illustration is my form of meditation. It’s my creative escape and it takes me to a place of pure focus without the interruption of every day life.

You paint a lot of female portraits, how come?

People fascinate me and I’ve always been attracted to the beauty of the female form. I have a lot of strong women in my life, but they are soft in their strength and I guess that’s what I love - the duality of what it is to be a woman. I’m drawn to capturing that essence.

What influenced your style and how has it changed, or progressed, since you began illustrating?

In the last year I’ve moved towards digital illustration. Previously, all my work was hand done, but funnily enough I’ve found a new sense of freedom and experimentation working in a more digital space.

You are currently specializing in fashion, can you tell us a little more about that?

I’ve always loved fashion and it ties in with my design background. I really enjoy the interplay between the structure of fashion and the softness of the female form. I also love the immediacy of it, I tend not to overthink it and I prefer the work that comes out of that organic space.

Are you currently following, or experimenting, with any design trends?

Design will always play a massive role in my work, it’s definitely a part of my identity. I can’t look at a blog or read a magazine without making a mental note of how it’s put together. Sometimes, I think my brain is a never ending Pinterest board!

What triggers your creativity?

I love learning and I get inspired by experiencing new things and putting myself in different environments. I take time out to travel, go to galleries and walk in nature.

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not illustrating?

I love to travel. I’ve recently come back from a two year stint in London which allowed me to travel all over Europe. It was so inspiring and eye opening. Meeting people from different cultures and exploring new cities is my favorite thing to do.

What do you think people take away from your art?

Hopefully that delicate balance between strength and softness, art and design.

Do you have any projects in the works at the moment?

I’m working at putting together an online store.

What is your favorite song, artist or band you enjoy listening to while you work?

"La Femme d’Argent," by Air.