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Rachel Urquhart is an illustrator we have been working with for a number of years now, printing her ever popular edition prints. Her work is inspired by all things natural and has a strong free bohemian feel to it. Rachel has an impressive instagram following and is currently an ambassador for clothing label Volcom.
Title / Occupation:
My day job is actually as a magazine journalist, but I moonlight as an illustrator in every other spare minute.
Where are you based?
Melbourne, but I’m originally from the mid-north coast of NSW.
How long have you been illustrating for?
I’ve always played around with drawing and painting, but have only really taken it seriously – and started working on commercial jobs – for the past three years, since moving to Melbourne.
Education and background:
I’m mostly self-taught as an illustrator – I studied journalism at university (and am still wondering why!).
Growing up on a farm in rural NSW had a big influence on my work, both on the content (I spent a lot of time wandering through bushland collecting feathers, rocks, bones, flowers, leaves…) and on my creativity and work ethic (there was no reliable internet, no other kids within walking distance, a fairly strict policing of television intake, and a total ban on video games… so I was always either drawing/making things, running around outside, or running around outside making things). Also, my dad is a leather and wood worker; he taught me a lot about patience, practice and how to fix things using only twine and some polyethylene pipe.
Describe your working environment:
It usually involves paper, pens and paint strewn from one end of the lounge room to the other – I don’t really have a dedicated workspace – much to the dismay of my housemates. There’s usually also an awful crime show or 90s teen movie playing in the background.
I love working on clean-line ink illustrations with plain old black fineliners… but I also like making a scratchy mess with graphite and paint pens.
Favourite tool of the trade?
Unipin fineliners (0.1 and 0.3) and Posca pens.
Who inspires you?
Melbourne-based artists Two one and Miso are my favourites, but words by Cormac McCarthy or sounds by Townes Van Zandt work just as well for inspiration too.
My first solo exhibition at Southset gallery in Moorabbin closed on May 31st, so after that I’ll have to think about what’s next… In the short term, I have a few exciting graphic projects coming up with local and international clothing brands, and hopefully I can dedicate a bit more time to personal illustration projects and future shows.
Twitter & Instagram: @raychponygold
- Elena K -
I would like to say huge Thank You to everyone at Image Science for making my last week's order happen on such a short timeline, I appreciate it very much. The prints are just beyond amazing. I was speechless when I opened the package and saw them. Also very touched by how carefully they were packaged.
I first came across your website when I was looking for art paper and pricing for printing to see how it compares to local. The more time I spent on the website (especially the Knowledge section) the more I felt how experienced you must be and felt 100% sure I should go with you. I am so happy with this decision.