Brighton, United Kingdom
Tonwen likes to troll her collection of 1950s magazines in search of images, objects and textures to manipulate for her surrealist creations, which reveal her comical take on everyday life. She enjoys drawing complex motifs in ink or pen, mixing styles and techniques, and using a light and airy colour palette.
Here is our seventh CREATIVE CAPSULE. This month, we invite you to meet Tonwen Jones, English illustrator based in Brighton full of vintage references and surrealist creations who revisits with humour funnily the daily life. Good discover!
Describe your creative lab in a few words?
Inspirational, fun and close to the sea.
In two sentences, how would you describe your work technique?
I am predominately a collage illustrator who combines photographs (often vintage), hand drawn elements, patterns, textures and paper ephemera. I scan and assemble everything in photoshop and end up with a digital illustration file that tends to have a comical take on everyday life.
What is the project of which you are most proud of?
London Zoo Map for the new Lion Exhibit and several of my illustrated maps that were featured in the Gestalten book ‘Mind the Map’ showcasing maps and cartography. It was a proud moment!
What are your favourite colors to create?
Bright pinks and blues with maybe a hint of mustard.
Why did you become an artist?
It was in my blood. Both my parents are artists so I’ve always been surrounded by art, printmaking presses and interesting artefacts.
In four words, how would you describe your style of illustration?
Humorous, vintage, eclectic and colourful.
What is the project of your dreams?
Illustrating my own book of maps, some real and some of the imagination.
What does a typical day in the life of Tonwen looks like?
I always start the day with a fresh pot of coffee and once I turn my computer on, I also tune into Radio6 Music. I often browse through several blogs for some inspiration and then I make a start on whatever job I’m working on at the time. After several hours of drawing and assembling in photoshop, I might pop out for a stroll in the North Laines district in Brighton to browse through the flea markets to get some inspiration or along the seafront to get some fresh air. Then I get back to my drawing board and feel fully charged to start drawing again. I often work late and several of us often get a take out if we have a big job on!
What inspires you?
Exhibitions, junk shops, museums and the seaside where I live.
Essays of style + BBC Focus magazine
Tonwen Jones widens her creative horizons with the trying of a new style in her researches for a project on the food theme. Beautiful dishes that will give you the creation hunger ! She also illustrates a map which shows the cultural attractions of Manchester city for BBC Focus magazine in the UK.
Com' Ent magazine
With a little of delay, we present you a topic which handles with the question of the identity, through, on one hand, a philosophic approach (who am I? I am the same throughout my existence? etc.) and, on the other hand, the problems of brand identity (logotype, positioning, storytelling). Illustrated by Tonwen Jones for the magazine Com' Ent of last spring.
ESH 2014 annual report, Les Entreprises Sociales pour l’Habitat
The 5 files of the ESH 2014 annual report - Entreprises Sociales pour l'Habitat - were elaborated as maps and illustrated by Tonwen Jones.
Here is an idea of holiday destinations in the Province of Quebec for this summer with these beautiful maps illustrated by Tonwen Jones that make us discover in details Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region and the summer activities suggested there. These illustrations were made for Immense Magazine, a touristic publication about the region. Enjoy the visit!