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Posted April 8th by Design Splat in Artists, Illustrators

As our last feature of Artist week and Feature 90 we have Rachel Lovatt who’s work is a combination of obsessive pattern , fragile sketches and collage. She is heavily influenced by fairytale – specifically tales rooted in folklore where once upon a time really did begin…



Hello and Welcome to Design Splat Rachel!

Now to get the readers started tell us a bit about what you do:

I am a bit of a hybrid, in that I create illustrations/pictures using pen ink, spray paint and collage. I sell them in galleries or take on commercial projects for industry

How did you get into Illustration?

Through books and a general love of illustrative art. I followed my heart and it bought me here.

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

For me it’s the research stage that is the most important , that is where the ideas begin to form and it feeds your imagination.  For my research I draw as much as possible visit different places, read books and collect vintage papers, I let my illustrative pieces evolve from this .

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

I create them all by hand, I love to just lose myself in the patterning.

Where do you get inspiration for your illustrations?

It comes from fairy tale, children’s literature, poetry, mythology- all the things that I am naturally interested in

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I have just been accepted by two galleries, which I am excited about as they will work with me on my career progression . In 5 years I hope to be a successful exhibiting

What’s the dream ambition?

The dream is to move to a cottage in the country and open studios for myself and other artists to work from- we will eat cakes and drink tea and be happy!

Does fame attract you?

No, you’ll find me at the cottage drinking tea if it comes knocking! Critical acclaim would be nice though.

How do you rate yourself as a designer?

I don’t think of myself as a designer, more a picture maker/artist and I am still a fledgling.

What makes a good illustrator?

A dollop of imagination and a pinch of silliness.

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

It is competitive there is no doubt about that. I sent my work EVERYWHERE and have just been accepted by two galleries but it has taken 100 years and 1, gazillion pieces of artwork to get there. I may have exaggerated slightly! but that’s how it felt and you just have to keep doing what you do and keep trying.

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

Determination, determination, determination.

Three words to describe yourself?

Dreamer, silly, romantic.

Hobbies and Interests?

Silliness, daydreaming, drawing, marshmallows, books,

Favourite Illustrator/Designer?

Sara Fanelli,

Tools of the trade?

Pencil, pen, vintage collage , stitch, spray paint.

Best and worst piece of work?

Ooooo I couldn’t possibly say, it would upset them.

Any Tips or advice to share with aspiring designers?

Invest in some, water off a ducks back. You may need it.


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