India Pearce, originally from Oxford, is an illustrator, designer and printmaker based in Edinburgh. Having begun her artistic endeavours on an Art and Design Foundation course at Abingdon and Witney College, India is currently a student at Edinburgh College of Art where she continues to refine her illustrative practice.
Largely taking a digital approach to her work, India uses vectors to create playful illustrations which are rich in character. Her working method predominantly involves the use of Illustrator, Photoshop and Indesign, and her illustrations manifest themselves as an array of prints and digital pieces.
India’s work is often landscape-based or influenced by the surreal, creating layered illustrations which are inspired by her observations of the places she visits. Commonly working with a limited colour palette, India’s illustrations are vibrant and exciting, populated by distinctive creatures and characters.
“My process is very organised, a reflection of me. I work from rough sketches in my sketchbook, where I plan out and choose ideas. I then move to Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop to do a rough final sketch. From there it is just a case of methodically building up each element in different layers until I’m done.” - Pearce
Alongside illustration and design, India enjoys the art of traditional bookbinding and often makes her own sketchbooks. Bookbinding is also something which she incorporates into her practice as an illustrator, making zines, hand-bound books and catalogues of her work.
As the current president of the Edinburgh University Design Society, India helps to organise extracurricular exhibitions and projects throughout the year, as well as juggling the role of Illustrator for the newly launched CO&CO company, an ECA-based platform for artists and designers to collaborate across all disciplines. Not stopping there, India is currently working alongside a Philosophy graduate in Canada to create an illustrative website providing information on the variety of careers that are available if you have an interest in solving Climate Change.
"It's fun stuff, I might be making some 3D moving illustrations." - Pearce