I was recently Invited by Lien Geeroms to participate in the worldwide "Who Inspires Me" Blog Hop. Lien is a prolific illustrator and designer based in Belgium and she is one of the many friendly and supportive artists that I've had the pleasure to meet through our vast online community. Her work is so imaginative and full of humor; And those colors... the texture... it's all so amazing! I especially love her treatment of people and animals, so creative! Lien is such a huge inspiration to me and I am so honored that she chose me to be one of the artists that inspires her. You can see the lovely blog post she wrote HERE. And take a peek at some of her amazing work below.
As part of this blog hop, I'm tasked with answering some questions about myself, so here goes:
What am I working on?
Right now I'm preparing for several craft shows that are coming up over the next few months, so I'm doing a lot of work away from the computer. I use my original fabric designs (available through Modern Yardage) to sew up gifts like keychains, zipper pouches, tea cozies and scarves. I'll also be churning out a bunch of hand-stitched journals as well as art prints and note cards using my patterns and illustrations.
How does my work differ from other work of its genre?
Ooh, what a hard question! I'm not sure my work does differ much from others, and I am certainly influenced by all of the wonderful artists out there. I suppose I just interpret themes and use colors and other elements in my own way. I'd really love to be one of those artists that have such a distinct style that when you see it, you just know it's theirs. But I'm still pretty new at this and finding one's voice is part of the learning process. Hopefully I'm getting there!
Why do I create what I do?
Um, easy, 'cause it's fun!
How does my creative process work?
My creative process is ever-evolving as I continue to learn and grow. Being a self-taught designer means a whole lot of trial and error! Right now my process begins with sketches on paper, which I scan and then trace in Illustrator. I usually have a color palette in mind right from the beginning, but I'll begin testing and tweaking that at this point. I have a hard time visualizing my final piece without figuring out the color early on. Next I add details and texture either in Illustrator or Photoshop depending on what I'm creating.
So now the fun part, I get to choose an artist who inspires me to pass the blog hop on to and I choose Emily Balsley. Emily is a wonderful illustrator and designer based out of Madison, Wisconsin. I first saw her work when she made it to the finals in the Lilla Rogers Global Talent Search last year and I was really struck by the color palette she chose for her autumn tote bag design. Her piece really stood out to me and needless to say, I voted for her!
I have since become a huge fan and follower of her work and I just love everything she creates! Her people and animal characters are so charming and full of humor, and of course, her use of color gets me every time! Emily is such a gifted and inspiring artist! Please visit Emily's blog next week to learn a bit more about her and to see which artists inspire her.
And please enjoy some more eye-candy by Emily.
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