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About me

I am a illustrator from South London that has been developing my skills as an artist over the past few years from being inspired by nature, astronomy, and the importance of social awareness. During her last year of university, she showcased her artwork in an exhibition at Solent University by producing a range of gig posters and vinyl covers using her abilities in printmaking, painting, and Adobe Photoshop.

In the summer of 2018,  I gained experience at Somerset House as a volunteer. Throughout my experience there, I communicated with other artists on the thought process behind their work and asked visitors at the museum their views on the installations. I have started to become more creative with my artwork and started to produce visual animations with my own vocals of song covers.

A couple of years later, I participated in a course in visual effects to create compelling stories. For the project, she produced a music video of a cover of Billie Eilish’s, ‘Six Feet Under’. In the process of making the video, she used After Effects to produce a melancholic and luminous atmosphere of a girl wandering around in a cemetery at the dead of night being in a dream state using effects, filters, colour correction, and 3D animation.

I extended the scene of the character entering the cemetery by creating an overlay of second-hand imagery of tombstones and a mist effect which gives a mysterious environment to the film. Also, the glow of the moonlight reflecting the character gives the scene more of a dreamy sequence.

What I want to accomplish with her art is to raise awareness for the mental health and other pressing issues such as, climate change in a larger scale. Also, want to give a sense of hope through my artwork and to make sure to anyone that you are not alone and its ok to be not ok especially during this difficult time.  

Publications: Shepherd, M. April 2021, Manisha Rekhi's Spiritual Illustrations.  The Collective Mag 

Skills and techniques:

Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator,  After Effects, Premiere Pro, mono-printing, animation, Lino printing, ink, graphite, photography, and painting 

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