Gail Armstrong


Commissioned | Professional

Why did you make this work:
As a migraine sufferer, I wanted to create an image other migraineurs would identify with. More than just a headache, the sense of person fades as the pain takes over. The white figure fading into the page winces and holds their head in pain, delicate in contrast to the clashing colours of a brain in migraine with its throbbing epicentre, every external sound and light, another bolt of pain.

How was the illustration used:
The illustration was used across a double page spread in the May issue of Lifespan Magazine. The article entitled “What’s causing your headache?” looked at many of the common triggers and causes of migraine and tension headaches, with tips on how to avoid them and advice on when to seek medical help.

How did you make this work:
I began with line drawings, then cut the final image from different papers, layering, folding, curving and gluing. I then photographed the completed paper sculpture, and finally did some minimal retouching in Photoshop.

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Eleanor Cooper
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Gail Armstrong, represented by IllustrationX, is a London-based paper sculpture illustrator and an alumnus of Glasgow School of Art. Her wide-ranging international clients include Kleenex, M&S, Rotary, Macy’s NY, SOGO Hong Kong, National Geographic, Jack-In-A-Box and United Nations. She has exhibited in several group shows, CreativeBoom naming her one of "20 exciting illustrators to watch in 2020”