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My favourite project: 10 layers of dolmen magic

My favourite project: 10 layers of dolmen magic

Friday 31 December 2021

My favourite project: 10 layers of dolmen magic

Friday 31 December 2021

A former archaeology student turned illustrator found herself inspired by a local dolmen this summer, leading to a beautifully detailed watercolour with an eerie quality.

Ali Robinson (Ali Artology) specialises in detailed illustrations of flowers, insects and landmarks which she creates using techniques picked up during her archeology degree.

Ali studied Archaeology at university before finding herself in the finance industry after she moved to the island with her partner, who is from Jersey.

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A couple of years ago, she decided to go back to her creative roots and make more use of "the artistic part" of her brain.

Colourful and detailed illustrations inspired by the natural and historical environment are Ali's specialty.

Her practice is heavily influenced by the technical drawing techniques she picked up during her archaeology degree which she uses for “an artistic purpose”.

Given her favourite subject matter, Ali is never short of inspiration in the island and this proves true once again over the summer, as she explained.


CLICK TO ENLARGE: Ali's illustration of Faldouet Dolmen features a stippling technique and up to 10 layers of watercolour.

"I participated in the Ramparts’ Elizabeth Castle exhibition and I had absolutely no hesitation deciding which of Jersey’s many amazing heritage sites I wanted to paint first – the Faldouet Dolmen.

"My Faldouet piece has two distinctive parts: firstly, an illustration of the Dolmen, which is rendered in a stippling technique, highlighting tiny variations in the surface texture of the stones.

"Secondly, I masked the illustration and applied eight to 10 layers of watercolour for the sky, palest to darkest.

"Once all the layers were complete, the stars were added with white pen and pencil. I hope my painting captures the magical beauty of such a special place."


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