LEGGY GORDON

15/01/2018

“ I WANT TO KNOW WHAT THEIR STORIES ARE.”

ALLEGRA GORDON HAS A STRONG ILLUSTRATIVE IDENTITY, HONED WHEN DOING HER FOUNDATION COURSE AT KINGSTON UNIVERSITY, WHICH SHE NOW STUDIES AT FULL TIME. STARTING HER CAREER AT BRIGHTON SHE RETURNED TO KINGSTON TO CONTINUE HER DEGREE, BRIGHTON WASN'T A GOOD FIT. ALTHOUGH SHE SAYS THE UNIVERSITY HAS AMAZING FACILITIES AND SUPPORT FOR HER TALENT, IT JUST DIDN'T WORK FOR HER AND WANTED TO BE BASED MORE CENTRAL WHERE SHE CAN GARNER MORE INSPIRATION AND CHARACTERISTICS FOR HER ILLUSTRATION.

 

COMING FROM A CREATIVE FAMILY ILLUSTRATION IS A TALENT, HER MOTHER CAMILLA CHARNOCK IS AN ILLUSTRATOR AND DESIGNER BASED IN SOUTH LONDON. SHE HAS HAD A RICH CAREER AND NOW ILLUSTRATES HER OWN CARDS WHICH ARE SOLD WIDELY ACROSS THE COUNTRY. ALSO WORKING ON LARGER ILLUSTRATION PROJECTS, A CHARACTERFUL MURAL WALL AT THE HIGHLY VISITED WIMBLEDON'S WINDMILL. LEGGY SAYS IN NO WAY WAS SHE PUSHED INTO A CREATIVE CAREER TO FOLLOW ON THE FOOTSTEPS OF CAMILLA, BUT INSTEAD WELCOMED IT AND IN FACT WAS A BONDING LINK BETWEEN MOTHER AND DAUGHTER. HOWEVER, THEIR ILLUSTRATION STYLE COULDN'T BE MORE DIFFERENT. LEGGY HAS A STRONG ILLUSTRATIVE STYLE AND FITS A DIFFERENT NICHE MARKET, SHE PRODUCES QUIRKY AND UNUSUAL CHARACTERS WITHIN HER DESIGNS.

LEGGY WILL HOPEFULLY BE FULFILLING HER DREAM OF WORKING FOR LAIKA PRODUCTIONS IN THE FUTURE, WATCH OUT FOR HER.

LEGGY’S PERSONAL STYLE IS VERY CLOSE TO HER OWN IDENTITY. SHE DRAWS AND ILLUSTRATES FROM HER OWN INTERESTS AND CHARACTERISTICS. SHE IS INSPIRED BY HER EVERYDAY WHICH MEANS SHE IS NEVER SHORT OF INSPIRATION WHEN IT COMES TO HER ILLUSTRATING. SHE SAID THAT SHE LIKE TO MAKE HER CHARACTERS FROM THE PEOPLE SHE SEES ON HER BUS JOURNEY EACH DAY AND SHE WILL FABRICATE A STORY FROM THAT “I JUST THINK ITS SO, LIKE YOU DON'T REALLY NEED TO LOOK ANY FURTHER THEN JUST PEOPLE YOU SEE ON THE STREET. MY BUS JOURNEY INTO UNIVERSITY EVERYDAY, LIKE THERE'S ALWAYS SOMEONE NEW ALSO REGULARS I SEE EVERYDAY”.

I WAS INTRIGUED BY HER PERSONAL STYLE OF ART WHEN I SAW HER CHARACTER PUPPET SHE MADE ON INSTAGRAM, WHEN TALKING WITH HER ABOUT THE CONCEPT FOR THE PUPPET SHE SAID “I WAS JUST REALLY STRUGGLING WITH CREATIVITY AND STUFF, I JUST WANTED TO DO SOMETHING FUN THAT WAS COMPLETELY DIFFERENT AND NOT RELATED TO MY OTHER WORK, PLUS I LOVE ANYTHING MINIATURE AND MAKING TINY VERSIONS OF THINGS” HE WAS CREATED WHEN SHE WAS IN A NEGATIVE HEAD SPACE AND THE PUPPET MAKING PROJECT HELPED HER DEAL WITH IT AND COME OUT OF HER DEPRESSION ”. SHE NAMED HIM SILAS WHICH IS LATIN FOR ‘OF THE FOREST’.

LEGGY IS VERY INSPIRED BY LAIKA PRODUCTIONS, CREATORS OF CAROLINE AND KUBA AND TWO STRINGS.  YOU CAN SEE THE INFLUENCE THEY HAVE ON HER OWN ILLUSTRATIONS WITH THE AMOUNT OF CHARACTER DESIGNED INTO EACH ILLUSTRATIONS. HER WORK RESEMBLES CAROLINE THE MOST, AS A LOT OF THE DETAIL IN THE CHARACTERS ARE VERY UNUSUAL AND UNIQUE.

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