Art and illustration portfolios, techniques and inspiration of Linda Mayoux

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Watercolour and Quink on paper

I am a photographer, artist and writer based in Cambridge, UK.

Image-making is my way of living, experiencing life and discovering new ways of looking at the world around me. Some of my work is political. Some emotionally dark. Other more ‘human’ work aims to help myself and others laugh and ‘look on the bright side of life’.

 I work in a range of media. The basis is generally photography or sketching and painting from life in natural media or on my iPad. These images may then be collaged as the narrative basis for further development in different drawing, painting or printmaking media, digital software or animation. Some of my work is more experimental and abstract, exploring the range of intentional and accidental effects that can be achieved in different media, then adapting these and pushing the range of styles I can produce in other very different media. I am also interested in different forms of narrative. Some of my images are brought together as books, on-line experiences or moving image.

Much of my work has been around journeys and social and political issues in Africa and Asia connected to my professional work as consultant with international development agencies. My current work increasingly focuses on issues nearer to home – the social and environmental challenges we face in Europe and my own responsibilities within that. Alongside my own artistic practice I hope to support processes for international collaborative art, photography, video and web communications as part of peoples’ own documentation of their lives, building on participatory methodologies I used overseas.

Zemni Illustration blog brings together my illustrations and drawings in physical and digital media.

Site currently being re-designed and updated.

Other blogs and websites

This blog complements and links to my other creative and professional blogs and websites

  • Zemni Images professional website that houses high resolution images of my Visual Communications portfolios and my photography portfolios and archives.
  • Zemni Images blog a portfolio site that showcases the best work from my previous and current Visual Communications courses.
  • Visual Communication for Development  looking at issues in my professional work in international development  for the OCA Visual  Research course.
  • Zemni Printmaking being developed and updated from my OCA printmaking courses.
  • Zemni Photography from OCA photography courses I tool as a leisure student
  • Zemni Moving Image blog for OCA personal development module Moving Image 1 animation.
  • Gamechange Network professional consultancy blog that houses and links participatory pictorial methodologies and other outputs from the different international development projects and partners I have worked with.

Recent Posts

  • Cambridge Inspiration

    Cambridge has a very vibrant artist community with annual Cambridge Open Studios and flourishing urban sketcher’s group with blogspot and Facebook page with photo gallery. There is also a tourist market with a number of art galleries selling original, print and also cards, some of are images of Cambridge. Cambridge Contemporary Art with on-line gallery of…

  • Coffee painting

  • Urban sketching: watercolour

      Teo Yi Chie based in Singapore Watercolour pencils

  • Urban sketching: approaches and materials

    Urban sketchers website Steps Materials Sketchbooks     Techniques Pen and ink Watercolour

  • Urban Sketching: pen and ink

    Styles Alphonso Dunn A very good series on the process of constructing a scene. First think about the type of line – drawing with arm, wrist or fingers. Framing and focus. Can see things in different ways. Importance of simplification.

  • Figure Sketching

    Alphonso Dunn Basic drawing Gesture Blocking in Portrait Hands and Feet

  • Drawing Buildings

    Architectural illustration requires a high level of observation, analysis, and accuracy in your drawing. There are a number of ways you can achieve this, from using the principles of perspective to represent visual space, measuring proportions by eye using an outstretched arm and your pencil as a guide, or simply by taking your time to…

  • House of Illustration

    Amy Higgins

  • David Shrigley Examples of his cartoon animations Talking about his work Guardian article

  • Anna Boghiguian

    This is the first major UK exhibition devoted to Anna Boghiguian (born 1946, Cairo, Egypt). First organised by Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, it brings together notebooks, drawings, paintings, photographs, sculptures and large-scale installations, including a new work made for Tate St Ives. Books have been central to Boghiguian’s work since the 1980s, from…