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A south London-based illustrator of the sinister.

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“I decided to become an artist when I was in year one.” That means Peckham illustrator Hetty Douglas was a future creative at five- years-old – for those of you who are too old to remember your school days. “My mum was the first person to tell me I was talented,” she adds with a mandatory “LOL”.

“I remember doing a painting of a malnourished man when I was 13 and I was proper stoked on it.” These days, the 23-year-old’s subject matter skips between the innocent and the cartoonishly sinister. Her sketchbooks are lined with scratchy emblems of sad smilies, palm trees and cigarettes, next to sensitive self-reminders: phrases like “be gentle with yourself” and “luv you as a mate.”

“‘Luv you as a mate’ I made to take the piss out of myself – I always say it to girls when I’m trying to pull them. Most of my work is about relationships, girls and myself.”

Photographer: Alec McLeish

Words: Lily Walker

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