Recently she started 'boy in a bear suit' as a challenge for herself. There she posts daily, keeps it simple and does not use bunnies. She really put a lot of effort in this interview and for that I would like to thank her. Please make sure to check out her blogs and let her know how this interview inspired you.
I’ve drawn for as long as I can remember. Though I started getting serious commissions, and by this I mean from people not related to me, about 4 years ago.
In your 'Boy in a bear suit' you have been avoiding bunnies. How did the bunnies in your illustrations start?
Bunnies have always been an integral part of my imagination, but as I got older I thought I had to stop drawing them to be taken seriously. So I drew other stuff, and honestly it was all crap. Eventually I started letting bunnies back into my illustrations and finally found my ‘style’. Only when I stopped denying sides of my creativity did I grow and that is a message I find really important to share with aspiring creatives.
Explain the process of creating an illustration for someone who does not know anything about it.
|Step 1 - I choose a theme. ‘scruffies’: term I use for the comfy and by no means sexy clothes|
I wear when working in my home studio.
|Step 2 - Research and inspiration|
|Step 3 - I draw a thumbnail sketch.... here is an example of an actual thumbnail sketch and the respective final image.|
|Step 4 - I scan the thumbnail and enlarge it, then print it out and use it as a backbone for the detailed drawing on the light table.|
|Step 5 - I figure out the perspective points (if relevant). I often tape multiple extensions to the image for the perspective points and use really long rulers.|
|Step 6 - I draw the basic image in pencil. Then ink the image.|
|My tools. When I doodle I just put pen to paper and try not to think too much.|
You are definitely popular for all your illustrations. What other creative activities do you do?
I love photography. I travel as often as I can and take lots of pictures. Increasingly I take pictures that I can use as inspiration for drawings. I also really love to build stuff like furniture or architectural models. And if by some odd fluke I have some free time, I like to knit.
If you could choose to be anything or anyone in another life, what would you be?
I think I would be an octopus... I’d love to explore places not naturally accessible to me in this life.