Jess Douglas is an illustrator currently living in a small coastal town off the coast of south-west England. Growing up in Ibiza, Jess moved to the city of Plymouth to study illustration and found that her work quickly began to rebel against her country upbringing.
“[It began] reflecting a growing interest in the grunge and grime of the urban environment” she says, and it’s clear to see this reflected in her work. Shop fronts, buses, signage and grungy old streets make up the focus of her work and the resulting images are terrific.
Her portfolio is made up of images from sketchbooks, as wells as portraits, urban landscapes and images of cars, trucks and buses. Much of it reminds me of the work of Evan Hecox and, for me, that’s no bad thing. “Everything I discover around me has potential”, says Jess, adding that she finds “the ugly and mundane to be beautiful”. When translated into work like this, I tend to agree with her.
You can see more illustrations and sketches on Jess’ website here.