Breath-taking detail and realism are what define the work of Australian illustrator Nicole Evans. Whether it’s a portrait or a mural, every eyelash, smile line and hint of shading is meticulously rendered, making you look again… and again. Her ability is truly captivating.
Following university, Nicole worked as a sign writer and muralist, developing an outstanding ability to paint at very large scales. Today she takes on a range of illustration commissions as well producing ultra-accurate portraits of people and animals, and food drawings that look eminently eatable.
She draws artistic inspiration from Renaissance artists like Da Vinci, Caravaggio and Degas, and the Realist work of Chuck Close, Gerhard Richter and Serge Marshen. Nicole has a bachelor degree in Creative Arts from the University of Tasmania, and a Masters in Fine Art with Distinction from RMIT University Melbourne.
Most of Nicole’s work is completed by hand using pencil, paint, gouache or ink. She usually uses several photographic references when drawing, piecing together a final composition. When it’s done, she scans it into Photoshop and does some final tweaks.
No matter what the subject matter, Nicole focuses on accurate forms and meticulous detail. Her style is crisp, clean and clear, delivering superb levels of realism in monochrome or rich colour.
Nicole’s clients have included Lamborghini, Universal Music, Kraken Rum, Budweiser, Wolf Blass, Universal Music, Infinity Ingredients and OMD.