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Posted November 26th by Design Splat in Illustrators

Today joining us on Design Splat is Fiona from Pink Paper Circus!

Hi Fiona, get us started by telling us a bit about what you do:

I draw pictures, sometimes for money ūüėÄ

How did you get into Illustration?

I’ve always been into it. I was always drawing and colouring as a child. I was a bit slow at learning to read so I would just spend hours gazing at the pictures, drawing my own versions and making up my own story instead.

When creating illustrations, what to you is the most important aspect: planning design or implementation? and why?

I have learnt [though it took a while] that my favourite jobs are the ones that I initially dread.¬† I guess it’s because these are the jobs that push me out my comfort zone to do something different, to think differently. Sometimes it’s hard to draw anything successfully when you’re handed a concrete concept, but if a brief’s too open it can be equally hard. ¬†Having that lightbulb moment of inspiration after struggling through hours of frustrating designing is a great feeling. ¬†

Do you create your pieces by hand or with the use of the computer? Or both?

Both. I draw the main image in pencil and then layer up each colour on a¬†separate piece of paper using a light box. This means I can be as messy and scribbly as I want and the colours don’t merge into a giant mess.Then everything gets scanned, and layered up in photoshop.

Where do you get inspiration for your illustration pieces?

Everywhere. Though they usually stem from an object, photo, word or story.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Struggling. But hopefully slightly less than I am now!

What’s the dream ambition?

To make enough money from drawing to live on…no more part time jobs. So I can wake up everyday and think, YES, time to go to work!

Does fame attract you?

Recognition attracts me.

How do you rate yourself as a designer?

I love designing. I think you have to understand design to do anything creative. My best work happens when I don’t think too much, when I let the design just happen, naturally.

What makes a good illustrator?

Originality. Playfulness. An honesty in the way you draw.

Do you think the design Industry will be difficult to get into? Are you worried about the amount of competition?

Incredibly difficult. There’s so many amazing illustrators out there. And designers. And paper cutters. And collage-creators. And animators. And general image-makers….

Best not think about it too much.  

What do you think it takes to become successful in the design industry?

Determination. Passion. And the ability to survive on not much sleep.

Three words to describe yourself?

Obsessive. Perfectionist. Tired.

Hobbies and Interests?

Drawing. Reading. Exploring. And recently, Brandy.

Favourite Illustrator?

Impossible question. I fall in love with new illustrators everyday. I’m currently in total awe of Olaf Hajek. Beautiful.

Tools of the trade?

Nice sharp pencils. The odd splash of paint. A good scanner.

Best and worst piece of work?

I’m always super critical, which is both a positive and negative trait. A favourite at the moment is my London Heroes¬†project. ¬†As for my worst piece… I’d rather not dwell on it.

To finish it off are there any Tips or advice you would like to share with aspiring designers?


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