I am an American/Danish illustrator born in New York City and living in Auckland, New Zealand. I come from a family of artists and spent my childhood drawing and travelling the world.
I studied in London, completing a bachelor’s degree in Textile Design from the Chelsea College of Art, and a Masters’ degree in Illustration from the Royal College of Art. My illustration career began during the first year of my illustration masters.
During this time, I self-published my first book titled “Arana” which gained awards and made its way into the private collections of the MoMA Library in New York, the V&Amp;A Museum library in London and the MACBA Library in Barcelona.
Following the success of “Arana” I continued producing books; “Agatha’s Men” which was self-published, and my last book “Visa Run” published by Café Royal Books.
I enjoy creating work (@sofiadrescher) for all audiences as much as I love to illustrate controversial subject matters with a humorous twist.
I’m currently working on a children’s book that I have written and illustrated. Through creating books and releasing them to the public, I started to receive commissions and freelance work.
I enjoy storytelling and narrative challenges, which are some of the foundations of illustration. I love to travel and live overseas and found that freelancing suits my current lifestyle.
My name is MC Barnes, I am 24 years old, half Chinese, half American and based in London. I graduated from the University of Arts London, with a degree in BA (Hons) Fashion Photography.
Juggling all these jobs can be at times quite stressful, however extremely exciting and rewarding. My main goal in my photography work is to increase the visibility & platform of voice and opportunities for/of People of Colour, to reconstruct the narrative, and, as well, to continue an empowered narrative of Women of Colour in particular.
As my background is half Chinese, I recognise the past, and perhaps still present, narrative Asian women are attached to through assumptions and generalisations and feel it absolutely necessary to break these.
I also love creating otherworldly environments in my photos, as I really get excited working with Photoshop (though never to alter the model’s shape or aesthetic weight).
I feel utopian environments are so thrilling and are an escape from today’s world. With layers of truth and honesty, I likewise always want to create a sense of optimism in my work. Check out my Instagram and YouTube channel to see what I get up to.
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