Illustrator Miss Swanne has produced work for TV and web advertising, publishing, along with the odd private commission or two. She loves the rockabilly attitude to life, and is a big fan of the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. These themes crop up often in her work.

Illustrator Miss Swanne’s seeming-effortlessly simple vector art style has found favour with clients as diverse as the makers of Surf washing powder to the publisher of the popular My Sister The Vampire series of teen novels. Here she takes us through the design of a poolside-based personal piece called The Sound of Silence.

“I wanted to create a Miss Swanne girl, who was cool and relaxed as she lounged in the pool,” she explains. The title was inspired by The Graduate and borrows from the Simon and Garfunkel song, Sounds of Silence. The track is used while Benjamin, played by Dustin Hoffman, ignores his parents and floats in a pool.

In this Masterclass, Miss Swanne reveals how she balances vector techniques with retro themes, as well as what gives her work its individual charm.

Time to complete

1 day


Illustrator CS5, Photoshop CS5

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