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Vanessa Dell

Vanessa Dell's Photo - People and Portrait Illustrator based in the UK

Life and personality jump off the page or screen with one of Vanessa Dell’s portraits. Vivid colours and an emphasis on facial features make her paintings seem more real than real, as they reflect the spirit of the subject as much as their unique look.
Based just south of London and with over two decades of illustration experience, Vanessa has always been fascinated by faces and has studied them since childhood. Then, her subjects were Bugs Bunny and Sylvester the Cat, but today her influences include Lucian Freud, Stanley Spencer, Peter Blake, Sidney Nolan and Patrick Heron. Vanessa received a first class honours degree in Graphic Design, specialising in Illustration, from Kingston University.

Approach

Vanessa’s main medium is oils, with some coloured pencils added in. She loves the physical act of painting, the feel of the oils and the paper textures. Photoshop comes in towards the end of the process, to compose the elements and to tidy up an image.

Style

Composition is more important to Vanessa than perfection, and her style captures the life and personality of her subject with a human feel. It’s idiosyncratic, fresh and sensitive, perhaps reflecting a little vulnerability and even awkwardness from time to time. That’s why people connect with her paintings more than they might with photographs.

Client list

Vanessa’s clients include Time Out, Rolling Stone, Slate, Waitrose Weekend, Trailer Park Inc, Kiehls, Radio Times, Elastic Creative, The Times, Smithsonian Magazine and Good Housekeeping.
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Greenhouse Management Magazine Cover
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Rag n Bone Man
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The Critic Portraits  of man for Opinion magazine
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Leila Slimani
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Daughter mother relationship for Discoveries Magazine
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food illustration of Marmite
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Selfie Self-Portrait
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The Lanksburys Potraits
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Portrait of Singer/Songwriter Ed Sheeran
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Portrait of Judy Garland
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Graphic poster Running to stand still for Trailer Park Inc.
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Mission Possible Employee Potrait for Trailer Park Inc.
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Gin Poster
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Portrait of Alan Titchmarsh in a garden
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Portrait of Marie Antionette
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Portrait of a young Prince Charles
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Vine Tomatoes | Food and Drink illustration
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Portrait of Hillary Clinton
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sketch of onion
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Colorful butterfly poster for Universal Pictures
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food illustration of Cucumber
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Business Woman
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Portrait of Audrey Hepburn
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Portrait of Alan Titchmarsh in a garden
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Old Man
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Illustration of cats
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colorfill art of Goldfish
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Pets
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Pencil drawing of a man as a pitch for book
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Traveler relaxing in a hotel
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Muse
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Dizzy
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Portraits of Hitchcock & Wertham
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Portraits of Liam and Noel Gallagher
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Portrait of Jean
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Food Expert
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Jeanne Moreau
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Eastern European Youth
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Food Expert
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Dahlia
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Portrait of Marlene Dietrich
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Keihls Elderly Love
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Homopromo
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Cycling Hero
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Male Fashion Model
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Leopard
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Lunch
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Illustration of abstract Peony
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Portrait of Peter Capaldi
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Crimped portrait of a young girl
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