Bev Coraldean

Cityscape Pieces

Outlook has the power to change any situation. Stillness exists in crowds, adventure lies in chaos. When we search the darkness for the good and the pure, it can only unfold a thousand times. New situations often bring with them fear filled with expectation, leaving us feeling overwhelmed. But what if the unknown was a new start? A fresh beginning and a trove of opportunity? What if you could create your own space and your own world out of the existing one, somewhere that feels familiar, like home?

Bringing an element of control to something that cannot be controlled is our way of attempting to make sense of life. We each make our own path, navigating new lands, times and scenarios. Bringing our own stamp to the same places that are ever-changing, like manning a boat at sea and moving with the waves.

An artist since she can remember, Beverley Coraldean focuses on creating architectural illustrations.

“I’m obsessed with cities and how it feels to be in them, how it feels to be a tourist and how it affects how we live,” says Bev. “I also like creating a sense of feeling overwhelmed – maybe that’s how I feel when I go somewhere – it gives you a sense of excitement but also frustration.”

Having graduated in games art and design in 2007, she has a passion for creating spaces that feel interactive – even if they’re not.
“We got a lot of time to inspire each other and come up with crazy, strange characters and ridiculous worlds,” she says. “I then did a masters in animation which was a great way of learning how to breathe life into the environments I draw.”

With an eye for detail and a passion for cities, Bev created a colouring book detailing various parts of Norwich.

“I was involved in the Norwich Fringe Festival and drew some environments on the wall and then invited people to colour them in,” she says. “I found adults spending hours colouring them in. People who live in Norwich really love Norwich, its architecture and the individual scenes – and they really enjoy being in them too. It was a nice way of making an art book as a keepsake for people who are visiting or who are moving away, as well as doing a bit of colouring.”

With a background in digital drawing, Bev initially created everything digitally but now does it all by hand.

“I really like drawing on paper and then colouring things digitally. I often do a lot of screen printing too,” she says. “I have millions of pens and paints and I use enamels for larger scale murals as well as fine liners.

“I think things tend to have a better feel in the long run if you can create them naturally. Maybe it’s a style I have fallen into that resonates with my work. It’s relaxing but after a while, it’s chaotic.”

When it comes to colour, Bev enjoys using a limited selection for greater impact choosing mainly browns and greys with a few brighter colours for her palette.

“I love turquoise, blue and a blend between pink and orange but I have to limit myself from using them too much. I love the contrast between simple black and white.

“I focus on shapes – the impact of the chaotic and overwhelming sense that you get. I like that you can pick out where you want to be when you see a place, rather than the place telling you where you should be with colour. Using limited colour allows you to explore the place in the picture yourself.”

For Takeaway Art, Bev created a limited edition piece which has been screenprinted and laser cut into a jigsaw.

“I find jigsaws very therapeutic and also I enjoy the complexity of them,” says Bev. “This one is a scene that involves factories near my studio. It’s a really cool place to look at.”

The jigsaw is 140 pieces and comes with a screenprinted, gold leafed poster of the scene.

“When people see my work I want them to feel what it would be like to be inside an awesome place – like how I see a new city when I go to visit. I get really excited by the limitless possibilities – it’s both overwhelming and exciting.

Find out more about Bev and her art at www.genealityart.com

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