“It’s just baffling that anyone thought that these were appetizing things,” says illustrator Lucy Sherston, of the ‘strange 70s dinner-party concoctions’ she’s been researching for this month’s cover. “I just want to know if people actually ate them, or if they were just spectacles…” Her creation is based on a real-life recipe card that she found online, showing a jelly centrepiece filled with fruit and meat, which she’s embellished with frankfurters and garnish. “I thought it might tie in quite nicely with Halloween, and it looking a bit gross and scary.”
Her vibrant, playful pieces cross the boundary between illustration and collage. She explains her process: “Initially I’ll sketch out the vague layout or idea, and then I’ll draw elements of it with ink and a brush, or try to create some textures that are to do with the image that I’m focusing on. I’ll scan all that mess in and layer it up in Photoshop, blocking in the bits that are working well, removing the bits that aren’t working. Once I’ve got the handmade bits done, the more physical elements that take more time, I’m in a position to work really quickly to manipulate them into something that I’m happy with.”
Lucy’s work takes many forms: from prints, to installations, to murals. She’s recently been working on a project for Deliveroo Editions, a delivery-only kitchen in Portslade, which makes the food-delivery service available to peopleliving outside of the city centre. “They were brilliant to work with,” she says. “I’ve seen a lot of the stuff they’ve done for these local sites, and I think they work with really great illustrators, so it felt really good to be involved in that. I’ve just finished designing a postcard for them, and I’m hoping to do a mural in the space as well."
Lucy was adopted into the Brighton art scene after moving down here from Leeds three years ago. She sells work through the prominent design outlet Dowse, and is a regular at illustration fairs, including the DIY Art Market (which returns to Brighton in November), and Brighton Illustration Fair, taking place this month. “I love doing the markets,” she says. “I always get super anxious before doing them, but then as soon as I’m there… I’ve just met some of the best people. And even though they can be hit-and-miss in terms of selling work, it’s so much more about being in those spaces where you’re just meeting so many interesting people. I’ve had some great opportunities that have come from people not buying stuff.”
Lucy has been selected as the local Guest Artist at this year’s Illustration Fair, which has moved to the Sallis Benney Theatre on Grand Parade. The event, which is open on the 21st and 22nd, showcases work by artists from Brighton and beyond, with a programme of talks, workshops and screenings running throughout the weekend. As well as exhibiting some of her recent work, Lucy will be putting on a workshop with fellow local illustrator Pippa Toole. For all dates and times, follow the fair on Twitter: @wearebif.