It's always a pleasure at any convention to make a discovery — find an artist or creator whose work you don't know, but that simply blows you away. Well, for me, today at Nine Worlds In Hammersmith, that was the comic book work of Jess Taylor.
Set up in a corner of the vendor's room, she tells me that she's only started doing this work in the last year, as well as working as a storyboard artist.But it strikes me as incredibly accomplished, fresh out of the gate.
I picked up a copy of one of her comic books, Arrow Borne: Fate Loves The Fearless, part of what is intended as a longer comic book narrative. An art style that rejects the black pen line (though borders are okay) in favour of the block, or the feather, of colour, it's a gorgeous style you could feel would be at home on the cover of a Titan, Boom!, or IDW title but could also provide a narrative and character strength that could go a lot further.
She has only done a couple of shows. Any more, and someone will snap her up. The only question at this stage is: who will be first? Her website is here.
Photo of Jess at her booth, taken with permission. She's just hiding a bit.