Ann Elson. BA Hons Illustration and Graphic Design


Un-commissioned | Professional

Why did you make this work:
Embarrassed by my own body hair protected under my towel, I realise other woman are not judging me because they too are busy hiding their own bodies. Society is embarrassed by natural body hair, unlike the hair that frames our faces. In contrast to this mirrored idea, towel sits uncomfortably shielding the shy upper body leaving lower body unprotected, uncovered and revealed, ready to be judged.

How was the illustration used:
Intended to show beauty by unveiling body hair, blemishes and marks in all its natural glory. A beautiful and interesting exploration, expressing personal experiences relating to the exposed natural female form, the relationships and attitudes towards this. I am challenged to be personally exposed by putting this idea on display for others to judge, but proud to add this piece to my portfolio.

How did you make this work:
Created with biro and pencil onto Calligraphy Parchment paper. The material resembles transparent and flawed natural skin with watermarked blemishes and the biro permanently tattooing the skin and veined Parchment paper. Scanned and edited in Photoshop to be perfected as my best entry piece, this is ironically a technique used to perfect the female form for media consumption.

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Currently Based:
Bristol, England.

Ann Elson. BA Hons Illustration and Graphic DesignGraduate of Bath Spa University, School of Art and Design in 2004. Ann Elson is an illustrator living and working in Bristol, clients have included Methuen Drama - Bloomsbury, Radio Times, Petiteposte and The Big Issue.Over her career Ann has exhibited work at The Millennium Dome and The Old Truman Brewery in London, aswell as the Watershed, Bristol.Her pieces express strong lines of biro and pencil drawings that are often accompanied by an assemblage of components using paper, photographs and things found to create layers of interesting textures and colours.