Jenna Coverly is a twenty-two year old Brisbane graphic designer by day and freelance illustrating ninja by night. Like most creatives, she's a deep thinker and a little sarcastic but theres a sunny side to her personality thats bubbly and curious. Her detailed work, which is often an exploration of the surreal relationship between humans and wild animals leaves a striking impression. We were keen to find out more about her.
Change. Are you freaked out by it or have you embraced it? Yes, for sure. I think it’s important to embrace the fact that as an Illustrator your work will constantly change and evolve over time. It’s only through experimentation and trial and error that an authentic artistic style is developed. I am currently trying new things and learning a lot about myself as an artist and about the mediums that are best suited to me.
What do you do in your down-time? When I’m not drawing, I spend a lot of time with friends. I love socialising, drinking coffee, eating sushi, watching movies at the cinema and exploring on weekends. I also love to play the piano, I received it as a gift for my fourteenth birthday and it’s 100 years old…literally. It’s so out of tune, but I think that’s what I like about it.
What's your creative process? I honestly need to carry my sketchbook around with me more often. Everyday I come home with some kind of paper that has been shamefully subjected to being scrawled on. I usually jot down stick figures of my ideas accompanied by key words and lots of arrows. When I get home I get all of my “notes”, lay them out on my desk and then start to refine the sketches before opening up Photoshop and collaging images (from my sketchbook and from the internet) together. I then print a photo reference and begin drawing!
Whats a habit everyone should have? I would suggest taking the time to get to know people, you can learn so much. While studying at uni, I worked at an old age home on weekends, something I never envisioned myself doing. There were so many residents there that were affected by dementia and some that were mentally challenged. I got to know all 31 of them on a first name basis and their stories. My perspective on life expanded and I think the interesting people you meet help mould your personality and keep you grounded.
Who is your biggest inspiration? I would have to say my parents, as cliché as that sounds. My mom is one of my best friends and she is possibly the kindest person I’ve ever met. My dad has always taught me, in his words “what the mind can believe the body can achieve” and he is so headstrong it’s crazy. I think a combination of kindness and courage goes a long way in life.
Do you have any words of wisdom you'd like to share?
think the most important advice for other creatives or anyone really is to trust yourself. Trust in your decisions, your strengths and trust your path. I think a lot of people (me included) spend too much time comparing ourselves to others based on what we think we know. Do your thing!
To hang out with Jenna follow her on Instagram @jenna_coverly