Briony Cloke is a 22 year old illustrator from Cornwall. Having graduated from Plymouth College of Art just last year she is now building her portfolio, starting with Watergate Bay.
You may already be familiar with Briony’s illustrations as they feature in our Another Place magazine. But now, she is working on a series of drawings for our new restaurant, Zacry’s.
Why did you choose illustration at university?
I have always favoured art over any other subject at school and loved drawing. I took GSCE Art and then Applied Art for A-level. I knew I wanted to go to University and study something along these lines. I was drawn to the illustration courses, even though at this point I had no idea what illustration really involved. However, after attending various open days I fell in love with the illustration and decided on it as a career.
What other projects have you been involved in?
I have a passion for illustrating book covers and during my time at Plymouth College of Art I illustrated varied children’s stories that I loved when growing up, such as ‘The Magic Finger’, ‘James and the Giant Peach’ ‘The Fantastic Mr Fox’ & ‘The Wind In The Willows’.
As well as this, I was fortunate enough to work on my first commission for a company called ‘Cloud Nine Marshmallows’ where I illustrated packaging for a jar of yummy marshmallows! I then went on to produce a double page spread for one of my favourite magazines – TinyPencil. I have also produced my own illustrated story called ‘Deforestation’ which was published by Pylon Press.
What have you enjoyed about working with Zacry’s?
It’s been so different to anything I have done before which made this even more interesting and fun for me. I have always had interest in illustrated food packaging and always wanted to produce drawings for a menu, which made this project all the more special!
Who’s your favourite artist or illustrator?
This is a tough one as I have many…but I do love Lizzie Stewart’s work, one word – stunning!
What is the funniest thing you have been asked to draw?
I haven’t actually been asked to draw anything funny… however when studying Applied Art I remember drawing my sisters face with part of her brain showing… weird!
What does the future hold for Briony Cloke?
I would simply just love to carry on drawing anything for everything!
And now a bit about you…
What is your favourite food?
I love all sorts of food…chocolate [of course], leeks, fruit, crisps, I’m not fussy!
What’s your favourite restaurant?
At the moment our local curry house. Completely different to Zacry’s
Do you prefer working in colour or black and white?
Black and white…but maybe with a hint of colour, in true Briony style!
Dogs or cats?
I have always been a dog person. I love taking my cocker spaniel, Archie (the big softie), out for long walks on the beach – lucky to have this so close to home! And at the moment I’m currently saving for a bulldog who I would like to call Edgar!
Keep an eye out for Briony’s illustrations on the menu and around the restaurant.