We asked our November cover artist Ilinca Sivoglo to tell us more about her inspirations...
Tell us a bit about yourself…
I’m Ilinca – I’m a graphic designer, illustrator and marketing specialist. My main interests are horror films, games and experimenting with second-hand fashion.
What was the inspiration behind the cover?
I looked at the Ghost in the Shell manga and Masamune Shirow’s general style, alongside other artworks representing the downfall of humankind through technology. The concept behind this cover was to have the main character crucified on a circuit board which represents the map of Nottingham.
How does it compare with some other projects you’ve worked on?
This is the first front cover of a magazine that I’ve worked on, so it was really fun to contribute with it being my favourite independent publication. I love that LeftLion always has artwork on the covers and I feel really special and grateful that I am one of the illustrators.
What was the biggest challenge that you faced in creating the piece?
Although the amount of creative freedom I had to illustrate this was a dream, it was a little scary not having specific guidelines, as that’s what I normally follow. Deciding between my concepts was also challenging because I had a few ideas I really liked, but now I’ve turned my second option into more content for inside the magazine!
Tell us about some projects you have worked on in the past…
Aside from my graphic design work for Nupsala, I have previously illustrated a variety of topics for LeftLion like podcasts and short stories/films and have a background in commission work.
What have you got planned for the future?
I’d like to create more illustrations, in particular working for magazines and eventually combine this with my love for video games and explore the world of games art and design. Travelling as much as I can has also hugely inspired my fashion and art style – exploring and thrifting in South East Asia is my ultimate goal.
Is there anything else you’d like to tell the LeftLion readers?
I’d like to say that I’m incredibly grateful for your support and hope the cover design resonates with you as we explore the world through art and creativity.
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