ARTIST OF THE WEEK: CAMELLIEOctober 6, 2016
We talk to freelance illustrator Camellie (who has produced designs for Vodafone, Cbeebies and the Telegraph to name a few) about the creative process of her pastel designs and her development as an artist.
UO: Where do you find inspiration?
It’s hard to pin down one thing that inspires me but I guess the music I listen to sets the right mood for work and some of the articles and books I read.
UO: Your work uses a lot of pastels and muted tones; what made you decide on this colour theme?
I’m drawn towards pastel colours mainly because they are perfect for the peaceful atmosphere I want to send through my work.
UO: What is your creative process like?
Usually when I work on a brief, I sketch some ideas on paper and then transfer them to a computer using a graphic tablet.
UO: What is your favourite medium to work in?
I like to draw with ink even though I’m mostly drawing digitally. Recently I’m getting more interested in ceramics and crafts, to create more tangible objects.
UO: Who are the artists do you look up to? And are there any new artists that you’re a fan of?
I really love Liekeland’s illustrations and Jiwoon Pak, Whooli Chen, Wu Peng, to name a few.
UO: Describe your artistic style in three words.
Soft, light, tranquil.
UO: What is the key lesson you’ve learnt from being a freelance illustrator?
I think self-promotion and keeping busy with personal work are really paying off.
UO: What has been your favourite project to work on to date?
I’m grateful to have worked on some amazing projects and I guess the ones I liked most was one for a Vodafone brochure and a Telegraph article.
UO: How have you seen your art progress over the last few years?
When I look back I see that I used to overdo it, believing that the more details I add, the better the piece will be. I’m glad that over time I’ve realised that I can send a better message through a clear and simple composition, which I actually find harder to do.
UO: What are your top tips to keeping motivated/ creative?
Setting goals and always love what you work on.