Paraphrase is an exploration of London’s diverse atmosphere employing a blend of motifs inspired by Renaissance artist Albrecht Dürer. Dürer’s work captures snapshots of his time, giving an insight into the life of different layers of society. This piece attempts to do the same in a contemporary context by asking questions about identity formation in relation to consumerism as part of a cross-cultural dialogue. One of the most exciting features of Dürer’s work is his ability to integrate his characters into inherently German environments regardless of where the story he illustrated was originally set. This intercultural approach created a curious mixture of motifs that were subjects of endless interpretation during the past centuries. The aim of Paraphrase is to join into this international discourse by presenting its own set of motifs and proving that if Dürer could place Adam and Eve in a German forest of his time, his characters can still be valid in the London of 2017.
Fatso is a series of illustrations condensed into a small publication based on the short story of the same name written by Israeli author Etgar Keret. I only recently discovered his work and instantly felt like our ways of seeing share something in common. His disturbing, absurd and oddly humorous writings resonated with the atmosphere of my illustrations.In terms of visuals I decided to go for a vintage interiors inspired aesthetic as I thought it would work well with the tone of storytelling. The colour palette I used was also based on ‘70s, ‘80s interior design and publications, board games from the same era, mostly from Hungary.
Hungarian Etudes
Hungarian Etudes is a series of images and short animated sequences attempting to present Budapest and its citizens from a personal, and rather sarcastic point of view. My aim was to capture everyday life as I experienced it during my 18 years of living there; with its grey tones, awkwardness and a certain type of humour that I believe can’t be found anywhere else. To make my illustrations come alive, I teamed up with Lorna Searl and Eszter Jánka who worked on the sound and animation.
Paraphrasing DÜrer
Albrecht Dürer’s engravings with their curious blend of motifs, dubious looking characters and mysterious settings have been subjects of endless interpretation during the past centuries. As so many others, I have always been fascinated with Dürer’s work, his fantastic skills inspired me to start drawing. What I found especially exciting about his images, is that no matter where the story he illustrated took place originally, the settings of the composition were always inherently German in his interpretation. So I started to think... If Dürer could place Adam and Eve in a German forest, why not take his characters to a trip to London? I selected three of Dürer’s less well known pieces that I thought had the most potential; Adam and Eve (1504), The Four Witches (1497) and Three Farmers in conversation (1497). My aim was to place his figures in a contemporary context; to create three etchings that communicate a rather sarcastic approach to Londoners while keeping the compositions of the original engravings.
Skag FjÖrd
Skag Fjörd is a commission I got from Kristjana S Williams Studio. My task was to come up with three different chocolate packaging designs, each representing the wild life of Iceland.
Footnotes is small collection of selected sketchbook drawings I produced in the past year, bluntly documenting my journey as a human being, just like they were pages of a diary. The body of drawings presented in this booklet is an amalgamation of returning motifs I associate with my hometown, Budapest, and one off characters that can be traced back to a particular day, event, person or state of mind. My aim with this project was to distill the essence of this seemingly random flood of doodles into a more digestible form while preserving their intimate and personal disposition.
Sisters is a series of illustrations I produced during the summer of 2016 as I was travelling around London. My aim was to depict a number of female characters based on real life people I had the chance to observe and meet during my journey. The images were created using acrylic paint, pen, pencil with a bit of digital colouring.
Brand New Ancients
The three posters of Brand New Ancients are based on the synthesis of three different ideas and directions. My main inspiration was the poem of the same title by spoken word artist Kate Tempest whose work is exploring the notions of contemporary urban lifestyle and identity. The second factor that contributed to the creative process was the relationship with my sister, who just moved to London too so we had to come to terms with each other once again in this new, unfamiliar environment that brought us a lot closer to one another. The third ingredient was the work of contemporary feminist artists who had a great impact on my way of seeing in the past years. My aim was to create a series of posters that successfully merge these three aspects in a visually coherent and engaging way.

I am Berta, an illustrator and graphic designer from Budapest, Hungary. I have just graduated from BA Graphic Communication Design degree at Central Saint Martins. My work is created through an amalgamation of analogue and digital techniques, mainly exploring the notion of identity formation and female sexuality in relation to consumerist culture. As an illustrator fascinated by human behavioural patterns and emotions, observation plays a crucial role as part of my creative process. My primary focus is on character design and publication design, with a growing interest for branding and animation.
IG: @bertavallo

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