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Today we are talking with the wonderful illustrator Louise Boulter, of Louise Boulter Illustration.
- How did you get started in illustrations?
When I think about it, I was illustrating to text when I was at school, creating stories and illustrating them. My first job was for a lovely lady who owns fashion label Brat and Suzie. She got me going by asking me to come up with some illustrations for her t-shirts.
That sounds like a lot of fun!
- Has art been a lifelong passion of yours?
I grew up with my mum who was an artist and Studied fine art at Wimbledon school of art. So I grew up in that environment. It felt unnatural and intimidating studying fine art, but drawing and illustrating has always been something I’ve done, like sitting down to a good book.
My mom is also an artist, and my illustrator, but I could never draw well enough to suit myself so I stuck with writing. I think it is always amazing when someone can draw and create like that!
- How do you want people to feel when they see what you’ve created?
Most of the time the work I produce is commissioned by a client. So I want them to like it. I do family portraits so I would like the client to feel I’ve captured the nature of their family in one way or another.
Understandable! You want to make sure you capture what they want…which would drive me crazy. In my opinion, that is probably much more difficult than creating what pops into your own head and then hoping people in general enjoy it!
- What media do you prefer to draw/create in, and why?
I love drawing with a scratchy fountain pen and quink ink when its all scratchy and unpredictable.
I enjoy writing with a fountain pen as well, mostly because the ink flows in funny ways and the scratch is very ‘old world’ and satisfying.
- What is your creative space/working environment like?
A complete and utter mess. I am currently surrounded by receipts for tax, scraps of paper, pens rolling around the desk top and as it stands 4 empty teacups. I try and tidy it once a week.
I don’t believe in completely clean work spaces! I always feel like if the work area is clean (while you’re in a project anyway) that you are probably having issues with the job at hand.
- What is something new that you’ve either learned or noticed recently?
These wonderfull GIFs that have been floating around. Ive seen so many beautiful moving images recently.
I love those!
- What illustration related projects would you love to be able to do in the future?
A childrens book. I am currently going though a process with a writer.
Wonderful! Children’s books are so much fun!
People and nature. I find I don’t really need to walk far at all until I see someone interesting. The sensations of walking by the sea or in a forest or clifftops is almost like my fuel to keep me inspired and happy.
Nature is so amazing, ever changing and ever solid. I find a lot of inspiration there as well.
Thank you Louise for joining us today! It has been a lot of fun getting to know you and I look forward to seeing that children’s book soon.
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