Jenny Barron is a fourth year Creative Industries student at Ryerson. Splitting her time between specialities of Interior Design and Printing and Publishing (formerly known as Graphic Communications Management), Jenny has masterly created a portfolio that pushes beyond one sole medium. Her work beautifully merges digital graphics with her ink-drawn, self-proclaimed doodles. I say self-proclaimed because these doodles are really much more than doodles. They are detail-filled with a complexity that instantly pulls you in. Much like she credits her influencers, I see her work and it kills me.
I sat down with Jenny to get some insight into her methods and go-to’s for inspiration.
RADmag: What are you most inspired by?
Jenny: My first obsession were doodles, and then shoes! Definitely shoes!
think we can all agree, talented is an understatement when it comes to Jenny and her jaw-droppingly realistic designs. But for her it is much more than just her photorealistic eye, it is her want to self express - “I want to be able to put myself in it”. Jenny describes her inclusion of Katakana lettering and favourite characters as a way of referencing herself and cultural background in her work.
Brimming with detail, Jenny’s designs also make for the perfect fashion piece, which can be seen in her 94’ branded graphic tees (you can see the shirt in our cover pic!). Using a heat transfer method, Jenny has made numerous original prints, which let’s face it, are so. damn. cool. (I’m eagerly waiting for mine).
RADmag: Are there any artists that have inspired your work?
Jenny: Kerby Rosanes, he’s this illustrator from the Philippines that works with black ink pens and when I saw his work it killed me. Also Hayao Miyazaki and Yohji Yamamoto, they are both favourites of mine.
RADmag: What do you want to do after you graduate?
Jenny: I want to travel to Japan and learn more about my culture while also exploring the language, fashion and design that inspire my work. But most of all I just want to doodle.
RADmag: Can you see your designs turning into a brand or business in the future?
Jenny: Yes! That’s definitely a goal of mine. I’d love to start making tees that specifically reflect Toronto and my on-going experiences as an artist.
Want to see more of Jenny’s stunning work? Follow @jennaybarron on Instagram!
By: Sasha Downie-Ross