Amsterdam Fashion Illustrator Who Rediscovered her talent AFter 10 Years
I started drawing when I was a kid and followed art classes during high school. When I went to university I completely forgot about drawing and didn't do any drawing for more than 10 years. Last year I went to a very rough time and on a day I started drawing again somewhere in 2015 to give me some distraction and ease my mind. Now I am totally hooked, more than ever.
There are a ton of things you could have illustrated, Why fashion?
For me, fashion illustrations are at the heart of fashion. If you look into an old Vogue magazine you will be happily surprised by the beautiful illustrations, they capture something 'magic' for me. It is great that my love for fashion and my imagination come together when using pen and paper.
Managing a busy office job next to my illustrations can sometimes be difficult, but luckily I see my illustrations as something I really love to do, you can say it is a passion. As soon as I got home, I get my stuff ready and start drawing. It is addicting in a good way. Since I am sharing my artwork online, I am even more encouraged and inspired to come up with new things and interact online with other art and fashion lovers.
Describe the perfect work environment. Personally I love to have music playing, a cup of my favorite coffee, and no one around to distract me. What about you ?
My perfect work environment is at home. I fully use my table, got my Spotify playlist ready, and a big pile of the latest magazines next to me to give me inspiration when I need it.
As mentioned, when I started to share my artwork online it gave me so much inspiration and motivation to keep on doing what i am doing. It is great to be inspired by others and share a passion. Also, I love to travel and wandering around in cities to get inspired by new locations and styles to draw. In addition, magazines, style blogs and fashion books are perfect sources when I lack inspiration.
Did anyone teach you how to draw or Are you self taught ?
Mostly I am self taught, but I started to take fashion illustration lessons in 2015 from Charlotte Greeven, a very talented fashion illustrator in Amsterdam. I am planning to take more lessons in the future to keep on track and learn more about different materials and techniques.
Good, solid paper, a sharp pencil and black fineliners are a must, but I am mostly in love with my copic markers and golden ballpoint pen. With my copic markers I can create very natural skintones, with the golden ballpoint I can glam everything up when I feel like it.
Are any of your illustrations for sale? If so where can your work be purchased?
At this point my illustrations are not for sale yet, but I am planning to launch my website in 2016 where I will sell my artwork as well, so stay tuned!
I think social media is essential for both networking and sharing your artwork with the outside world. For me it was very nice to see that there are many like-minded people out there, sometimes on the other side of the world who share the same passion. It is great if you can meet and collaborate through social media.
Have you overcome any obstacles that would've come between your ability to draw ?
The funny thing is that I actually started drawing to overcome difficult obstacles in my life. At this point in time, things are at peace again and the most difficult thing now is to find a balance between work, drawing and social life. However I try not to be too hard on myself, if I don't find time to draw on a day, I try to make up for it later that week and plan some extra time for it. Usually that will do. Luckily my boyfriend, family and friends support me in my aspirations and that gives me a certain 'peace' to do my work.
Just do it and don't be afraid to do what you love. For me it was really scary to share my illustrations, because you are always afraid of what people think. Some may like, some may not, but I learned that the most important thing is that you love what you do. And although I just started with my illustration adventure, I can say that I am in that place now.