Artist Lyndsey Green’s beautiful illustrations are inspired by nature and wildlife. I spotted a tote bag adorned with her Winter Fox in Nest, Brockholes Gift Shop, and had to find out more about the Manchester based illustrator.
How long have you been illustrating?
I’ve been drawing pretty much since I was old enough to hold a crayon, but it wasn’t until I took my Foundation in Art and Design that I realised I wanted to do illustration. I graduated from Manchester School of Art with a degree in Illustration just this summer, and have been building up my range of handmade items on my online shop ever since, and selling them at Art Fairs.
Are you based in Manchester?
Yes, I moved here from the Wirral 4 years ago to take my Foundation in Art and Design and loved it, so I stayed and took my degree here. It’s a wonderful city to study art and design as there is so much creativity and talent.
Why do you find nature so inspiring?
I was always brought up surrounded by animals with regular trips to nature reserves and zoos, so my passion for nature has always been there. I just love how no matter how much you learn there is always something new and incredible to discover. I am constantly stunned by some of the beautiful things that occur in the wild.
Where do you like to get out and about?
One of my favourite places to go is Chester Zoo! I’ve been going ever since I was very small, probably where my passion for animals truly began! It just continues to grow and gets better with every visit, and they do wonderful conservation work. But I love to go anywhere beautiful, there are quite a lot of nature reserves around Manchester, and there are some stunning places across the Pennines.
Do you have any other inspirations?
I think my love of film also has an influence on my artwork. I studied media studies at A-level and particularly the composition and storyboarding aspect of it inspired bringing a narrative to my illustrations, which led to my other big love which is children’s picture books. Some particular favourites would have to be books by the incredibly talented Shaun Tan with his thought provoking and quirky tales. I’m also inspired by many wonderful illustrators, particularly Sandra Dieckmann’s beautiful work.
Where can people buy your illustrations?
I have an online shop with Etsy, and some of my handmade items and illustrations are available in two shops. The first is in Chester city centre called Funky Aardvark, which sells a diverse range of gorgeous items and artwork created by lots of talented people. I also recently began selling in the gift shop of Preston’s Brockholes Nature Reserve. It is a lovely place to visit, and 100% of the commission they take goes straight back to the nature reserve which is great. When I can I really enjoy selling my work at craft fairs, having recently had a wonderful time at the Manchester Print Fair and Liverpool’s Winter Arts Market.
All images are copyright of Lyndsey Green. Take a look at her beautifully designed website.