Name: Connah Brecon
Describe your illustration style in ten words or less.
Hopefully it’s believable to the audience. Contains essence.
Can’t live without pencil & paper. Music or a good podcast for my ears. My Mac, which is where the magic happens after the pencil & paper bit.
Do you have a favourite artistic medium?
Currently I work digitally on Final Art, but I love the initial exploration of a story in pencil; finding out who the characters are, how the scenery might look etc.
Name three artists whose work inspires you.
I admire many illustrators but I tend not to scrutinise their work too much. As for past artists, I am a big fan of Turner especially, but also many other artists. I tend not to lean to other artists for inspiration, instead allowing the story text to drive much of that.
Which artistic period would you most like to visit and why?
I love the period we are in right now. I feel if I went back in time, the many negatives would outweigh the artistic positives. Now is fine thanks. Also, I think my family would probably miss me… probably.
Who or what inspired you to become an illustrator?
A very nice lady introduced me to illustration when I was pretending to be an artist. I thank that lovely lady very much.
What is your favourite part of the illustration process?
This is a little tricky to answer, as each part of the process of putting a book together has it’s own challenges & pay-offs. I do really love the initial exploration of what the characters in a story might look like, how they feel they might be if they could walk off the page. Equally, that final moment when you have completed the finished art & look back into this world you have brought to life, that is pretty cool.
What advice would you give to an aspiring illustrator?
Don’t stop. You’ll feel like giving up many times, honestly, it’s something that never goes away, questioning if you are up to the job, but that is the challenge. Also, read a lot, read a lot of whatever tickles your fancy, reading is good imagination food.
Lastly, remember to have fun.
August 11, 2022 at 12:35AM Katrin Dreiling