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Caroline Church

Caroline Church - Middlesex, UK based illustrator

Caroline Church is a scraperboard artist, and the perfect illustrator to approach if you’re after something with a vintage engraved look to it. Based in Twickenham, she grew up in Uganda, where she had pet chameleons and was encouraged to make greetings cards by her mother.

Training

First, Caroline got a BA in Illustration at the Chelsea School of Art. She then learned wood engraving as a guest student at Royal Academy Schools.

Approach

Scraperboard is card with a layer of white clay covered in black ink. Caroline marks out an initial drawing using transfer paper and then scrapes away the white layer with a craft knife into the black, creating the look of an engraving. She has used computer software in the past but finds it frustrating and unnatural. The authentic look requires the true, physical medium, though sometimes she’ll add a colour wash in Photoshop to come up with something a bit different. When complete, her work is scanned and sent to the client digitally. Amendments can be made either by going back to the scraperboard, or using Photoshop.

Style

Caroline’s style is reminiscent of 19th century engraving, so it tends to lend itself well to projects that aim to convey traditional and time-honoured values. Not surprisingly, her main influences include the engravers Thomas Bewick and Gustav Dore.

Client list

Domino's DDB Helsinki Atlantic Books Virgin McCann Erickson, Dublin Marks and Spencers Waitrose Envision Marks and Spencers DDFG, Vienna Crispin Porter + Bogusky, Colorado
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Illustrator Profile - Caroline Church
Illustrator Profile - Caroline Church
Caroline Church is a scraperboard artist creating illustrations with a vintage engraved look.
Illustrator Profile - Caroline Church
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