Name: Deb Pilutti
Describe your illustration style in ten words or less.
Usually quirky or humorous. Hopefully evolving.
What items are an essential part of your creative space?
A laptop and large monitor, easel, paints, pencils and crayons, a scanner, toys and things
I like to look at vintage packaging or colourful buttons.
I love the humor and candor in Maira Kalman’s work. She taps into relatable feelings and emotions. I’m drawn to the sparse and graphic illustrations of Alice and Martin Provensen. They are pros at distilling images to the simplest form, something I try to work toward. Eyvind Earle created ethereal landscapes and concept art for many of the Disney films. His use of colour and value is illuminating.
I don’t know about a specific period, but I’m always drawn to outsider art, or folk art of a particular culture. It’s often so personal and visceral and specific to a place or experience.
Who or what inspired you to become an illustrator?
My mother was an art teacher and we did a lot of art projects with her, but I also watched a lot of TV when I was a child. I credit Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Chuck Jones and Jay Ward as my first teachers in design, storytelling and animation. Still, I didn’t realize it was something I wanted to do until much later, so I worked as a graphic designer for many years before I ventured into illustration.
I have a big messy wooden table that I always have to clear off when I want to draw. (Sometimes I do my sketching at the dinner table so that I can spread out more.) my laptop and monitor are also on the table and I will composite work digitally there and prep for printing. My easel is in a nook. I like to paint standing up because I feel like I put more energy into the work.
Deb Pilutti writes and illustrates for children. She feels lucky to have a job where reading, playing with toys and watching cartoons is considered “research.” Before becoming an author & illustrator, Deb was a graphic designer and created toys for Oliebollen.com and graphics for SeaWorld and Warner Brothers theme parks.
For more information, please visit Deb’s website.
December 23, 2021 at 12:35AM Katrin Dreiling