Bex Glendining | Communication Arts

Janice K. Johnson

In the work of Ramsgate, United Kingdom–based illustrator Bex Glendining, dramatic shadows and theatrical compositions draw the eye around what almost feels like an illustrated still from a movie with realistic environments and figures posed naturally. “I’ve always been drawn to [creating] quiet moments, imagining a real lived-in place or space even if there are no people in the illustration,” Glendining explains. “I like drawing clutter and items, which mirrors my dislike for minimalism in interior design.” Initially a student of graphic design at Canterbury Christ Church University in Canterbury, United Kingdom, specializing in printed media, they began posting their illustrations on Tumblr and opened a small print shop before completing a master’s in research on racism, sexism and white feminism within British tattoo culture. “During the time I immersed myself in the world of tattoos, my love for illustration only grew,” Glendining says. “Toward the end of my education, I received my first industry job illustrating a cover for [Dungeons & Dragons campaign anthology] Rolled & Told, thanks to my fellow illustrator Steenz, which really solidified my move from graphic design to a career in illustration.” Glendining notes that their penchant for drawing tranquil scenes in realistic or fantasy scenarios brings viewers peace in a chaotic world. “Everything is so much all of the time,” they say. “It’s easy to become overwhelmed and spiral into a ball of negativity, so I use art to keep from falling towards that. A quiet slice-of-life scene, a moment of peacefulness and getting lost in the [outcome] … hopefully gives a tiny moment of comfort to anyone who comes across my art.”

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