#WhyIGetOutOfBed : Gabhriela Swann

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Who are you and what do you do?

My name is Gabhriela Swann and I come from a little town in Derbyshire. I am 21 years old, and I am in my final year at Loughborough University studying Illustration and Animation. Time has flown by, and in a few months my life as a student will come to an abrupt end and I will be entering the creative world as a budding illustrator. The thought of this is petrifying but also ridiculously exciting.

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How are you?

I am pretty content at the moment with self initiated briefs, I am also tired; late nights tweaking on Photoshop are becoming a habit, I’m a bit of a hypercritic.

Tell us about your work

It has taken me a long time to figure out how I could allow myself to portray everything I am interested in. Whilst I consider my visual language still developing, particularly now in the most important months at university, I have learnt my process comes from the desire to figure out how to show my inspirations. I ultimately like to tell stories, I consider my love for film highly influential through the narrative, composition, symbolism and emotive feeling. Music, fashion and everyday findings also play importance. I love to sit, draw and observe interesting places, and particularly people. Mood plays an important role within my work, I like to experiment with subtle light and shadow. Using minimal texture and a selective colour palette, I carefully consider composition, allowing quiet spaces within my work.

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Do you express yourself through creativity?

Art in general has always played a huge part in my life. I keep a collection of drawings I made as a child, this was the first thing I would want to do after a day at school, its appears that exotic animals were my thing. It is my healthy obsession, I hoard almost everything I have ever created, so I guess I do express myself, as it means a lot to me

What was the last thing you created?

Today I drew a page of trees.

What has inspired you of late?

Currently working on some self initiated briefs, I have taken up a nerdy habit of collecting photos and screen shots of interesting angles from film and TV. I want to explore more with inventive and obscure perspectives, and possible set designs. Stanley Kubrick is dominating my collection so far.

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What Are you reading/watching/listening to at the moment?

The National – ‘Slow Show’. Great lyrics.

Why do you get out of bed in the morning?

The luxury of being able to have a full time hobby, and hopefully one day being paid for it. I like to spend time with nice people, eat spicy food and watch Breaking Bad.

Check out more of Gaby’s work over at http://gabhrielaswann.tumblr.com/ and follow her on Twitter at @GabhrielaSwann

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Written by: Ben Tallon

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