Steph Coathupe
Don't Let The Sea Catch You Crying


Commissioned | New Talent

Why did you make this work:
I was commissioned to illustrate a gorgeous short story by Lisa Blower. Our unnamed narrator returns to a coastal village where she lived when she was a child, in an attempt to reattain the inspiration for her writing. Symbols of tides, blue paint, and the sea recur throughout. I wanted to capture the foreboding pull of the tide, whilst balancing it with the strength of the narrator.

How was the illustration used:
Printed in The New Issue magazine alongside the short story 'Don't Let The Sea Catch You Crying' by Lisa Blower

How did you make this work:
Using colours inspired by risograph printing, I picked a bold bright blue and offset this with a saturated magenta. By layering them with different opacities using multiply blending modes, I was able to mix the tonal values to create shadows and depth.Tools: Adobe Fresco, Kyle T. Webster brushes, iPad Pro, Apple Pencil

Commissioner Name :
Kevin Gopal
Commissioner Company :
The New Issue

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Falmouth University
Masters in Illustration
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Steph Coathupe is a British contemporary artist and illustrator. She graduated with a BA(Hons) from Manchester School of Art, and is currently studying for her Masters at Falmouth University.Coathupe’s interest lies in the liminal space where colours overlap. Her illustrations aim to translate the emotion perceived in its accompanying text, often in a conceptual way.