Jade, also known as Pocket Lockett is a freelance Illustrator and Designer from Huddersfield. She loves to draw animals, create collages and colourful kaleidoscope patterns. She currently works at a Wedding Stationery and Christmas Card company called ‘Collisons’ as a Creative Artist. She was also the first pattern maker for Old Tat, featured on our inside covers of issue 01!
How would you describe your style?
I would describe my style as soft, vintage, feminine, delicate and colourful.
What inspires you?
My biggest inspiration is nature. I love to create my own representations of nature and woodland animals. I can’t fully explain why nature inspires me so much, but the main reason is its beauty and femininity. There are a number of illustrators who inspire my work. All of these illustrators have similarities. Lots of pencil drawings, digital combinations, watercolours and nature. My favourite illustrators at the moment are Gabriel Moreno, Denise Nestor and Teagan White. These illustrators always create amazing work that pushes me to create the best work I can.
How did you discover you could draw?
I learnt how to draw during my Graphic Illustration class at Huddersfield New College. After I learnt how to draw, I still preferred to create work digitally through photo manipulation. This is where my Kaleidoscope patterns originate from. Drawing did not come naturally to me and it has taken me a few years to reach the level I have. However, now I couldn’t imagine illustrating any another way. It brings me so much happiness to see a finished pencil drawing.
You seem to be able to do a number of different things – what is your favourite style and thing to draw/create?
During my studies I was encouraged to try a range of styles. This was so I could learn about different techniques and see how I preferred to create work, I was lucky enough to suit a few styles. I love all the styles of work I create and I think that they give me a wide range in my portfolio. My favourite style would have to be pencil drawings combined with watercolours, this can be seen in my recent project titled ‘The Red List’. I think that combining watercolours with detailed pencil drawings makes them soft and helps to highlight detail. I love to have lots of detail in my pencil drawings, so they look realistic.
Who are you drawing for? Who is your audience?
When creating illustrations I don’t often think of an audience. My designs are my own personal reflections and a way for me to appreciate the beauty of nature. I imagine my audience are mainly women of any age. I think this because my style is very soft and feminine.
Your work includes a lot of animals. Why is this? What do they represent?
As a child I loved Beatrix Potter’s books, Peter Rabbit was a favourite of mine. Her animal illustrations are so realistic, yet fun and childish at the same time. Her work has always inspired me, so I guess this is where my love of drawing animals comes from. I like to think that my illustrations of animals are playful, interesting and realistic. I also like my drawings to represent how important animals are, childhood memories and to look cute and friendly.
Your work feels very delicate, feminine and very Springtime. Is this a conscious decision in style? Talk us through that.
My style of work is definitely a conscious decision. When I plan my work I always imagine it in a delicate and soft style. The delicate style mainly comes from my pencil drawings. The first drawing I did when I was learning how to draw was a rabbit. When I was shown how to draw it I was told to use lots of delicate lines to represent its fur, this is why all my drawings replicate this. I like that my work now has a clear style, for many years I felt that I didn’t have a style. After years of experimenting I have now found my signature style and I am very happy.
There is a lot of symmetry involved in your work – talk us through this choice of style.
The use of symmetry in my work was not a conscious choice. When I started to learn about illustration I was inspired by the work of Cecilia Carlstedt. Her work uses lots of collaged images and drawings. Not many of her designs are symmetrical, but the first design I focused by her had a very structured shape. This inspired my first ever illustration which was a mirrored illustration of Peter Rabbit. It was the first design I was proud of, which is why a lot of my work still replicates that mirrored style. The illustration showed me that I like things to be mirrored and very precise. Recently I have been trying to get away from symmetry in my work, so that my designs look more fluid. However it always manages to creep in somehow!
What are some of the downfalls to being an illustrator?
I love being an Illustrator, however it is true that there are some downfalls. The main downfall is how competitive the field is. There are many Illustrators in the world and sometimes no matter how good you are you might never make it big. This is something that has always scared me about my decision to become an Illustrator. However you have to do what you love, even if you fail trying.
What kind of techniques do you use, for work such as your kaleidoscopes?
To create my Kaleidoscopes patterns I use a combination of photography and collage. I use personal photography which tends to involve flowers and nature, and then I manipulate the photographs until they start to merge together and create a mirrored shape. Once I have a shape I repeat and combine it until it creates a pattern. Using photography and collage in these designs helps to create interesting shapes and detail. These designs are always very fun as they are so colourful and jewel like. These designs make a nice change from detailed pencil drawings.
Do you have days you cannot draw? Tell us about when that happens.
I think everyone has days where they think they can’t draw. When these days happen to me I am normally working in the studio with my friends, they tell me to stop being silly and convince me that I can draw. When they do this I forget all about my worries. However if I am on my own, I tend to take a break and come back to the drawing later. I believe there is no point forcing yourself to complete a drawing if you are feeling bad, you will more than likely ruin the work.
What are your dreams?
I have many dreams when it comes to my career as an Illustrator. I would love to one day, be able to work for myself and have my own studio. I would also love to be a Creative Director of a greeting card company or work as an Art Director for a magazine. However my main hope and dream is that I will continue to enjoy what I do, create the best work I can and have success.
Words by Loo Loo Rose