Describe your illustration style in ten words or less.
Figurative with a twist and a smile, lots of layers.
What items are an essential part of your creative space?
I would say, acrylic colours, colour pencils, scissors and glue but also many other media like ink, gouache, liquid pencils. Other than that- always coffee and surrounded by art and objects I collected over the years.
I really love working with several layers. Usually I have an acrylic base and then work on it with colour pencils, graphite and sometimes a collage. The base layer could also be watercolour with colour pencils on top. I prefer working the traditional way- getting my hands dirty and mixing up the coffee mug with the brushes water jug. I do use the digital illustration option, not for book illustration but for more graphic works like illustration based surface pattern design.
Which artistic period would you most like to visit and why?
I think meeting some of the impressionists would be an honour. I am amazed by their ability to capture the light and textures with the colour schemes and brush strokes. I can look over and over again at Monet’s water lilies.
Who or what inspired you to become an illustrator?
I have been an exhibition designer for many years, but being an illustrator is something I always wanted to be. I always had stories drawn in my head. About 15 years ago I pursued this dream and found an amazing book illustrator and mentor Yana Buckler who introduced me to this amazing world. I learned so much from her and her guidance. Truly the best teacher I could wish for. Since then I accomplished several projects, illustrated books and participated in group exhibitions.
Can you share a photo of your creative work space or part of the area where you work most often? Talk us through it.
I have my own corner with my studio table and all art materials. I collect around me all the things I like. It could be prints from illustrators I love, photography, anything I picked outside during a stroll, and illustrated books I collected over the years.
What is your favourite part of the illustration process?
If the project is a book then my favourite parts are researching the periodic elements, the environment in which the story takes place, researching the characters of the book and how they relate to each other. Of course I love to do the final illustration with all the fine tuning.
With stand alone illustration, I really love the process of capturing the essence of the theme- be it an animal, an object or a human character- it’s a process of getting from the realistic stage to almost an abstract point that represents the theme.
Ofra lives and works in the UK with her husband and 2 grown up daughters. All of that combined makes life just perfect for her.
March 24, 2022 at 12:43AM Katrin Dreiling