Who is Chloe Swingewood and what do you do?
I’m a freelance Graphic Designer and Retoucher, with skills in design & typesetting of books, as well as high-end retouching and digital illustration. I earned a BA in graphic design in 2009. My interest in fashion as a social statement and a ten year ongoing affair with Photoshop cemented my love for retouching and colour correction. Attention to detail on every level interests me and being mindful about transforming skin whilst maintaining its texture is of utmost importance to me.
How would you define your style or art?
Detailed, yet expansive – employing as many styles and techniques as I can broaden my skill set.
What inspires your work?
Popular culture and trends with the focus on fashion and popular culture but basically whatever catches my eye!
What are you currently working on?
I have recently relocated from Johannesburg to Cape Town and am on the mission of marketing myself to the industry. Currently I am designing: restyling a logo and a profile booklet; I constantly practice and hone my retouching skills by creating digital illustrations for my marketing platforms. I’ve just been to Singapore as a colour specialist for Triple M Design to oversee the print proofs for a book of John Meyer’s (a South African artist) newest paintings.
What advice would you give young creatives looking to do what you do?
Constantly be on the lookout for new techniques and keep in mind that making mistakes are learning opportunities that if embraced will lead one to success. Seek out creative people that you really admire and strive to mimic them and thereby expand your own toolbox. Learning from experts grows one’s own ability!
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