Aless Mc’s series Fifty Shades of Green illustrates different strains of cannabis
2020欧洲杯决赛分组The Montréal born-and-bred illustrator uses silkscreen and Risograph to produce her bold, colourful portfolio.
- Ruby Boddington
- 25 March 2020
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This style is then applied across myriad projects, from editorial illustrations to branding and also murals. Aless even conducts workshops with children and young adults from time-to-time. Keeping on her toes in this way is something Aless particularly enjoys about her medium: “I like the fact that you can’t really rest on your laurels because the field is constantly evolving and there is so much amazing talent out there. It makes the job more challenging and interesting knowing that you have to keep your work fresh and relevant.”
One series which particularly drew us in to Aless’ portfolio is titled Fifty Shades of Green, a project she’s been working on since late 2018. It sees her illustrating various strains of cannabis and it’s a work which has “been really important in defining my style and technique,” as well building upon her love of integrating typography with illustration. Off the back of the series, Aless was commissioned by a Canadian cannabis producer to illustrate their strains.
“This is both an exciting and challenging continuation to the series because I have to work around legal restrictions,” she tells us. “For example, in these new strain illustrations, I can’t illustrate characters or faces at all because this would make the strain too appealing to children. This has led me to explore objects and symbolism in my work and has brought an increasing importance to typography and design in the images.” We recently explored the creative potentials but also the moral dilemmas and restrictions of designing cannabis in a feature titled The cannabis conundrum: How should designers navigate the marijuana business?
Looking ahead, Aless is starting to work on an illustration book on volcanoes in collaboration with Montréal-based publishing house La Pastèque. “The content has been developed by a volcanologist and covers different aspects of volcanoes throughout the world. I see this as a great opportunity to work on finding different ways to illustrate a recurring subject,” she adds. With other commissions also underway, a longer-term goal of Aless’ is to turn Fifty Shades of Green into a line of unique objects and gears for smokers.