November 16th, 2016
Artist Charlotte Jeffrey-Bannister creates stunning art work, but it’s her female characters that are the most prominent. They are sexy, cute and look bad ass! Reminiscent of Fafi Dolls, Charlotte’s work shows the unique culture of today’s youth. The symbolism of taboo vices in society these days is beautifully relayed in her work, as well as the importance of music.
Where are you from?
I am originally from Liverpool in England; I moved around the country a lot with my family, I've lived in Essex, Manchester and Wigan. I now live in Adelaide, Australia and have done so for the past 4 years.
How did you start on this journey?
Well, I've pretty much been drawing ever since I could pick up a pencil; it’s the only real hobby I have a true passion for. I remember thinking to myself at 7 years old 'I want to be good at drawing when I'm older!' and that was it, pretty much just kept practicing from there!
What was the first thing you ever made?
First thing I ever made!? That's going back quite a few years! I honestly couldn't tell you that far back but I can tell you when I was around 10ish I began drawing very anime style characters and faces, I was very interested in the graphical elements of anime and aspired to draw characters in that style, so I guess that's where you could say my starting point was for my art now.
How would you describe your art work?
I would describe my artwork as just girls in their natural habitat, doing their own thing and rocking it.
Your work is reminds me of Fafi's. Where do you find your inspiration?
A lot of my inspiration comes from the Gorillaz artist Jamie Hewlett, I find more recently though my inspiration coming from artists found on Instagram such as loll3, Alister Dippner, Pushead, Sarah Catface, Madelen Foss and a few others.
What jobs have you had besides being an artist?
My daytime job is photo processing at a home entertainment counter in a large retailer. It’s my first job and I've been at it for nearly 3 years now; I actually enjoy it. But of course it’s not forever; I am hoping to go to university eventually to study something like design and marketing.
What kind of music do you listen to?
Ahh the best question of all! I primarily listen to Drum n Bass! Absolutely love it and have done for many years; a lot of DnB elements can be found in my work! I honestly couldn’t sit down and draw without listening to my fast pace drums and heavy basslines! My favourite type of Drum n Bass is Neurofunk and Jump Up. Absolutely love artists such as Dimension, Mefjus, MackyGee and London Elektricity.
What is your process for creating a piece from start to finish?
My process is fairly straight forward. First I have to have some good beats playing! Then I'll begin with a rough sketch sometimes using a reference photo for perspective and proportions, then I neaten it up with the pencil and begin inking out the lines; generally with a Copic multiliner [pen]. After erasing all of the pencil marks I then begin colouring in the piece with Copic Ciao markers. I try not to use so many colours in one piece so it looks more aesthetically pleasing with a simple colour scheme.
Are your characters based on any particular person?
A lot of my girls actually end up looking like myself, mainly with the faces as I don't tend to use references for this, so automatically my brain sort of draws out my own face without realizing it as it's the face I see the most every day.
How much of yourself do you see in each piece?
Each piece I would say is a representation of a little part of me, I always try and add little references in my artwork that relate directly to me, with it being perhaps the clothes she is wearing, or what she is doing etc.
Do you prefer Oreo or Fudgee-O cookies, or something else that's delicious?
Ooo I've never had Fudgee-O cookies before so I can’t give you an accurate answer! But I do love my sweets!! I probably couldn't pick a favorite but I'm really fond of the half coated chocolate tiny teddies we have here in Australia! :')