Courtney Finch tells epic stories with her fantasy watercolour illustrations

“I see myself as a narrative illustrator,” says Courtney Finch, another great discovery during our recent visit to this year’s D&AD New Blood. “I work largely in watercolours and coloured pencil and have recently started gold leafing my illustrations.”

Based in Manchester, the recent University of Central Lancashire graduate and illustrator enjoys spending time researching and scrawling thumbnails down of ideas and inspirations she sees, almost like an idea diary. “I prefer to know about my subject before I start creating paintings, especially on cultural concepts which deserve respect and thoughtfulness. I always aim to have visually interesting paintings, that when the viewer reads the backstory they can take a second look and see a whole new perspective within the illustration.”

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