Describe your illustration style in ten words or less.
I’d say my work is whimsical, quirky and simple
What items are an essential part of your creative space?
I’ve had a few different creative spaces but one thing that has been present in all of them (apart from hot drinks and music) is found objects. I love collecting things I find outside, be it bits of nature, metal, anything really that spikes my interest. What I really like is then being able to incorporate them into my work, though this is probably more visible in my 3d work like my paper-maché houses.
Do you have a favourite artistic medium?
I like to use varied materials when I’m working and hardly ever just use one but I really love to paint and my current favourite is acrylic-gouache.
There are so many but three artists that come to mind straightaway are Mary Fedden, Alfred Wallis and Laura Carlin.
I’m pretty happy where we are to be honest. I love the fact that art is so easily accessible these days and there are so many different ways of making art and sharing it too.
Who or what inspired you to become an illustrator?
I loved reading as a child but would get really excited by books that had illustrations, even the black and white ones – I felt like there was so much more being said in the pictures. I suppose my love of illustration began then.
This is my studio which is in the upper part of my house. I feel lucky to have such a big space. Despite my best efforts, I make quite a bit of mess when I’m working so it’s looking quite tidy here.
What advice would you give to an aspiring illustrator?
I’d say if it’s what you really want to do then just keep going, work regularly, be open to learning new skills, nurture your own style and when possible avoid comparing your work to other people’s.
June 10, 2021 at 12:33AM Katrin Dreiling