MDes Communication Design School of Design

Simone Zhang

I am an illustrator making illutration and children’s picture books. Memories and the mundane inspire my work. Observational drawing is key to my practice, celebrating and documenting the subtle details of everyday life. My children’s book ‘Alina and the Gorgeous Daisy’ reflects these daily observations. My work explores a range of materials, including paint and collage. My love of drawing details of objects involves varying their scale to develop unique graphic works on paper, exploring how to make the familiar unfamiliar. I hope you share my sense of discovery when viewing my work.

Contact
simonezhax@outlook.com
X.Zhang9@student.gsa.ac.uk
Website
Instagram @simone_z_illo
Works
Alina and the Gorgeous Daisy
Waiting to be Occupied
Other Works
Sketchbook

Alina and the Gorgeous Daisy

My project follows the story of a young girl, Alina. She finds herself bored due to the repetitive and mundane routine of the small town in which she lives. One day, Alina discovers a handmade daisy and goes in search of the maker, noticing on the way that everyone was making something extraordinary. Her curiosity about the flower led her to a fuller understand of the towns people and discover what marvels are hidden in everyday life.

Waiting to be Occupied

This is my observation of the art school building and the return to school life. As we are coming out of the lockdown, a lot has changed. I feel that the building is waiting for us, waiting to be occupied by us, our artworks, creative activities, and conversations without any masks or social distance rules.

Zine For Sale: 13cmx19cm, 28pages

Other Works

Fish

42x30, tissue paper collage
For Sale: original £40 / postcard £2

Late Summer

42x30, soft pastel
For Sale: original £40 / postcard £2

Life Drawing

30x21, Soft Pastel & Watercolour
For Sale: original £40 / fine art print £10

Nightfall

37x55, charcoal
For Sale: original £60 / fine art print £10

Sketchbook