Narrative illustrator and multi-purpose image maker.
Sci-fi and fantasy lover with a sweet tooth.
Born and bred in East London, I have recently completed my degree in graphic design and illustration at the London College of Communication.
Feel free to email me or ask me questions. You can also check out my official portfolio at lisadagz.com or check out what I got up to on my placement year during 2011/12 on my class's blog.
Here’s the original design of Rockette. I’m actually going to start a new book of splatters because some of these just came out looking really cool. If Splatterworld doesn’t end up working as a book/narrative, I think it’ll still be pretty excellent as a series of weird character designs.
More of an illustration than a life drawing, nonetheless it was done in life drawing class. Brush pen portrait in a half hour sitting.
This one, however, I think turned out pretty good! This one’s based on this character (who I’m unofficially naming Mother Apron because I’m original like that). She’s going to feature in the 16 page graphic narrative I’ve decided I’m doing based around these characters as my final piece.
My Tumblr’s been quiet this week because I took a bit of time out from uni work to create this acrylic painting on canvas of my friend and her little boy. She commissioned me for it as a Christmas present for her parents and she seems very pleased with the result, which is great!
I really enjoy doing portraits, I wish I had more time to look for more commissions. Maybe I can advertise my services more next Christmas when I’m done with uni!
So, I have two ideas for my final product for my Imaginary Worlds project that I really like and I can’t decide. Maybe you can help?
The first is that I create an book or poster that illustrates a world containing all these bizarre places and creatures. It’d mean I can spend time on some pretty illustrations and create a reproducible (sellable) piece of print.
My second is that I investigate juxtaposing these creatures with the real world, putting together photography (of London in particular) and either real or digital 3D models of the characters in collages or Photoshop. Here I could explore the themes of escapism and the stress of city life so there would be more of a point to the piece, but it would be much more experimental in terms of aesthetic and more likely exist as a gallery or portfolio piece rather than a distributable object.
But yes, input is welcome at this point, if I want to stay on target and finish this project by the end of term I have a little under a month until my self-imposed deadline.
I was going to have the old lady looking out of her window at a fantastical scene but I ended up using one of my blob-inspired-characters of a faded, beautiful young woman. I think my gerontophobia is showing.
Uh… I mean my fear of ageing, not fear of old people…
Pieces of crumpled paper can be used for this blobby experiment as well for a more straight edged image…
And more weird creatures. The top one looks like Venusaur… actually, a lot of these guys just end up looking like Pokémon to me…
Now I’m trying to put these weird little characters into some kind of context. I’m liking the idea of looking at escapism in a mundane reality, and it makes for a pretty picture…
Making scenes instead of just one character or thing is better for stretching the imagination. But then I just indulged in my 9-year-old self’s dragon obsession.