Jessica Fortner couldn’t be classified as a simple illustrator, in the strict sense of the word. After all, on her creative process the Canadian artist replaces pencils and paints for polymer clay, producing detailed sculptures and sceneries that are photographed and then receive a digital post-production. That’s what she calls a “hand-sculpted illustration”.
“I always begin by sketching out the illustration to refine the concept and composition. The preliminary sketch is also useful for communicating the vision to the client”, tells Fortner on her website. “Characters are constructed using aluminum armature wire and clay. Clothing is hand stitched. Sets and props are built form a variety of materials (clay, fur, wood, fabric and found objects)”.