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

  • Chris Ware

    Chris Ware has been an important influence on the way I look at issues of image, text and narrative, and the possibilities of non-linear approaches. Edited from Wikipedia Franklin Christenson “Chris” Ware (born December 28, 1967), is an American cartoonist. His works explore themes of social isolation, emotional torment and depression. He tends to use a…

  • Eric Sousanis

    Use of symbolic metaphor leaps of imagination

  • Tracey Emin

    See: Google images for Tracey Emin Self Portrait Tate page on Tracey Emin Self

  • Stanley Donwood

  • Ink

    Sketching with different types of pen Drips Japanese styles Blobs and pools Alphonso Dunn Markers David Usher Alphonso Dunn Markers David Usher

  • Gouache and Watercolour

  • Graphite, charcoal and pen

    Quick sketching Pencil tonal drawing Graphite sticks using shavings as powder for tone to contrast with the sharpened point. Charcoal

  • Laura Grace Ford

    Ford 2018 quoted Wikipedia Laura Grace Ford. Savage Messiah 2011 pxvii  Iain Sinclair reviewing the Savage Messiah for The Guardian, quoted Wikipedia Laura Oldfield Ford (also known as Laura Grace Ford born 1973) is a British artist and author. Her work explores political themes and focuses on British urban areas. This draws on her experience of growing up in Halifax,…

  • Paper Cuts

  • Veronica Lawlor

    Veronica Lawlor is a freelance illustrator based in New York. Most of her work is urban sketching and reportage. Her illustrations often include a combination of buildings and landmarks, street furniture, figures, crowds, and transport and convey a sense of place. She is known for her ability to do many fast sketches as well as…