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Avalon Nuovo

Avalon was born and raised in Los Angeles, and went to school in Pasadena at the Art Center College of Design. After getting her BA in illustration Avalon moved to London to work on the Nobrow & Flying Eye Books editorial team. She now lives and works in Cambridge, where she’s a full-time freelance illustrator.

What inspires your work?

The human form, mythology, sentimentality, music

Tell us a bit about your writing/illustration process…

I rely a lot on my sketchbook for documenting ideas about ways of capturing ideas, techniques, ideas; usually go back to them for things to take and expand on in more finished work. A lot of times I draw without agenda while looking at reference images, research, watching some particularly visually arresting films and TV shows (usually historical). When it comes to making a cohesive piece of storytelling there’s a lot of procrastinating and erming and ahhing before a particular thought makes me stop and examine more closely; that usually starts the ball rolling and then I try to work uninterrupted for as long as possible!