Fionna Fernandes is a Sydney-based illustrator who draws distinctive portraits for clients in fashion, editorial, advertising and more. Everything she creates has a touch of fun to it as she selects key details to highlight in a rainbow of colour, adding in patterns as a flourish that give her work its highly individual visual language.
Taking inspiration from Lisa Frank, Super Mario and My Little Pony, you know you’re in for a colourful ride with the young Australian artist. The 90s, Japanese culture, and the artists Laura Callaghan, Hattie Stewart and Georgia Perry are just some of her influences.
Fionna has a Bachelor degree in Design in Visual Communication from the University of Technology in Sydney. All the elective courses she took were focused on illustration.
Fionna’s work combines hand-drawn line work and acrylic paints with digital colouring for the best of both worlds. She often creates collaged backdrops, adding stickers to the compositions to enhance that mixed media feel.
Playful, fun and energetic, Fionna generates a youthful aesthetic. She enjoys drawing attention to certain aspects of the female face – the eyes, lips and hair – using brighter colours and patterns. This gives her portraits their unique feel and some extra impact.
Some of Fionna’s clients include Nickelodeon, Fanta, Chupa Chups, Kiko Milano, Toyota, Glamour, My Little Pony, Women’s Running, Ad Age and Scholastic.