Monday, September 15, 2014

Blog Hop Q&A

Hey! Natalie Singh from The Homely Place nominated me for the Blog Hop. I have to answer a few questions about my creative life, then pass it on. Been a long time since I did one of these! What did it used to be called? Can't remember.
Check out Natalie's lovely work on Not On The High Street, you'll probably recognise it. 

Next Monday the lovely Nancy McKenzie will answer the questions. Nancy's one of my compadres from the Lilla Rogers Bootcamp. Though the course finished earlier in the summer, the facebook group continues to be a great source of inspiration and advice. You can find Nancy's beautiful work here.

So, here goes...

Why do I create what I do? 

I find it hard not to create. I get an idea and I have to get it down on paper. I have long list of projects that are either just ideas or are in progress. Here are a few:

Tiles of Olhao (started sketching)
I am a mammal! (idea complete in my head)
Bodega Cat (started sketching)
Camping (almost finished but not quite happy with it yet)
Spy paper (sketched and ready to start working on)
Flea Market (in progress)

I love drawing, and I want my work to be accessible, so art prints and cards was the direction I went in.
Most of my ideas come from an image that jumps out of nowhere, or something I read in the paper, something someone has been talking about. A lot of stuff comes from the kids, like Heroes & Villains, they're really into disguises at the moment.

How does my creative process work?

I get an idea, I write it down immediately or will forget it. If I don;t have a means to write it down I have to concoct one of those visual stories and commit that to memory so it's easy to remember!
I brainstorm ideas or just start sketching. I refine my drawings and trace them if needed. Then I scan in and start working on them digitally. I think about colour palettes, will it be limited or multi. I might go through my elle decos or my pinterest and find colour palettes that would work. I scan in found textures if needed and use them for depth. I refine, refine refine. Then it's done.

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

People tell me my work is recognisable which is nice, I would definitely aim for that. There's a lot of retro-inspired work out there a lot of mid-century love, but I guess you put your stamp on it with a combination of subject matter, inspiration, and drawing style.

What am I presently working on?

See question 1! I also have a big trade show coming up - Top Drawer - it takes a lot of time and energy to prepare for so that's my main job at the mo. I also just licensed one of my designs to a greeting card company so I'm preparing the artwork for that and looking over the contract.

Who inspires Me To Create?  

My kids a lot of the time. Something they say, do, or are into. Also my creative peers inspire and motivate me. I want to be the best that I can be, but that's an ongoing process and I don't think I'll ever stop wanting to be better at what I do and make my next favourite print.

A favourite quote?

If you know me at all, you'll know Rosalie Gascoigne is one of my favourite artists, for many reasons other than just her work. I love this whole interview with Rosalie Gascoigne but this is my favourite quote. I think about it sometimes, because it is really is a primal thing:

"Did you become an artist or did it just take you a long time to realise you were one?"
"I didn't ever become one, I was one. I was that sort of animal, no credit to you."

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