chrysa koukoura drawing

Chrysa was born and raised as a child on the island of Rhodes, Greece; mother English, father Greek. 
At the age of eight she moved to the UK, where the concept of rain, ice-creams  and HappyMeals all year round was a pretty exciting prospect.
At eighteen she moved to London to study for a degree in Graphic design; she graduated from the University of the Arts in 2009, where detailed illustrations had played a prominent role in her work and something she would later look back on and develop into her distinctive style today. The next couple of years were spent discovering, and Chrysa switched up London for Melbourne, then city for country, now working from her studio in the Northern Rivers NSW. She has worked on numerous projects with clients such as Diesel, Icebreaker, Wholefoods and Kia, and contributed to several books and publications. She produces a range of hand-screenprinted artwork that is available through several stockists, and her online store.

“With a slight hesitancy in working with colour, I use fine pen on paper with meticulous detail, my aim being to draw the viewer in for a closer look .
I love the simplicity and the restrictiveness of working in black and white, as it requires me to bring something extra out of an image that wouldn't usually be there had a colour been involved.”

Chrysa’s work always starts of as a pen on paper drawing; This is then scanned in to create a digital file, which can then be used as it is or adapted for projects. 
Chrysa finds inspiration in nature around her, old diagrams and textiles. The length of time taken on pieces varies greatly, some small pieces taking as little as a couple of hours, and larger more detailed pieces taking up to twenty-five hours of solid drawing time.

Chrysa completes illustration commissions as well as working independently on projects incorporating illustration and graphic design. If you are interested in working or collaborating together or becoming a stockist of prints or cards, please do get in contact.