October 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.

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