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Inspired by Lieke van der Vorst

An illustrator based in Eindhoven,  Lieke van der Vorst has to be one of my all time favourite illustrators. I absolutely love all of her work and can get lost in her instagram and website getting inspired (and maybe feeling insanely jealous - but I try and keep that in check!) for so long.

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I really love the colour palettes she uses in her work and also the texture of her pen/pencil strokes. She has a really distinct style. I don't know why but I am always in awe of people who have a really clear style - maybe because I feel like I am never happy with mine or clear what mine is in my design work. I also like how she combines human and animal characters in her pieces - it adds an element of fun and whimsy to the situations depicted. I want to have tea and cake in a rowing boat with a friendly bear! 

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She also has a shop where she sell prints, originals, postcards etc. There are lots of goodies in there and now I will have to have to start saving! I need to have her artwork on my walls! 

Anyway I really hope you enjoy exploring her work some more and getting lost in the beautiful worlds that she creates. 

Have a lovely and inspiring week!

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Inspired by: David Shrigley
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A few weeks ago we went to Sketch London for afternoon tea for my birthday. It has been on my list of places to visit for the longest time as I had seen so many beautiful pictures of it online. It was totally worth it and the afternoon tea was delicious - another cool thing about the place though is that the walls in the gallery room are filled with drawings by artist David Shrigley

I have been a long time fan of Shrigley's work. I think what I love about it is the simplicity in his drawings but also the humour. That guy is seriously funny. I remember going to an exhibition of his a few years ago and walking around laughing out loud for most of it. It was so fun. 

Anyway, I love seeing his work and being inspired by it so I thought I would share a few of my favourites on the blog today. Enjoy! 

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Hope you all have a lovely creative weekend!

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Inspired by Aisha Zeijpveld

A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to go to one of the days at the Offset London conference. I had been to one of the Offset conferences in Dublin quite a few years ago and was excited that they were putting something on in London. 

There were lots of inspiring talks from different creatives throughout the day but I think the major highlights for me were Erik Kessels and Seb Lester. Someone new to me who's work really blew me away though (I have kept thinking about it since) was Aisha Zeijpveld

She is an Amsterdam based photographer and you might not necessarily know it from looking at her photographs but there is so much work that goes into them. I have lots of friends who are photographers and I know that it's not a case of just pointing and shooting - there is lots of planning, research, styling and technical skill that goes into each shot. But Aisha's work just took things to a whole different level. The way she works seems very experimental and sometimes looking at the images you just can't know all the different layers and processes that she has gone through to get the final outcome. 

I think this is why her talk really stood out to me because it was really fun to see the behind the scenes of how she works. The image below for example hasn't been photoshops. Portraits were taken and then parts of the image where cut away and light shined through to get the halo effect. 

Again, you might think that the below was photoshopped but actually it was a case of genuinely throwing things at this guys face to get the perfect shot. I think what is quite exciting (and risky I guess) is that you don't always know how it is going to turn out - or how long it will take to get something that works and is just right. 

Quite a lot of her work involves various stages of photography. A photograph might be taken and then printed, ripped and manipulated and then photographed again. It gives them such a deep and beautiful quality that I think would get lost in photoshop. I think the image below is really beautiful and was for an editorial piece to illustrate back pain. 

 I would really recommend checking out Aisha's website to see more of her beautiful work. There is such a distinct style and beautiful quality to her images. It is always amazing to discovered an artist and to be inspired and mesmerised by their work. 

I hope you all have an inspired Thursday! 

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Monday Moodboard
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I really love pinterest for discovering new artists that I might never have heard of otherwise. Some are super famous prolific painters and others are people with small etsy shops. Either way I kind of like getting lost down a rabbit hole of beautiful art. I have been tidying up my pinterest boards recently after going to a pinterest workshop at their London office and have also added a lot more boards. 

The above artists clockwise from the top left are:
Ernesto Artillo 
Satsuki Shibuya
Ammiki
Francios Henri Galland

Anyway these are all from the prints board. I hope they inspire you on this Monday morning! Hope you all have a great week!

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Introducing: Rachel Stubbs
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I am so excited to share this interview with the beautiful Rachel Stubbs - her work is stunning and I want to wallpaper my walls with it. It is so nice to be interviewing an illustrator and getting a little glimpse into her creative life! Check out some of her work and thoughts below...

Where do you live and how do you think it influences your work?I currently live in South East London and have done for the past three years with my husband Jonathan. I love living here - there is so much to see and do for free so it’s an endless source of inspiration for us both. There is also a surprising sense of community to be found if you look for it, which is really encouraging and motivating. Working as an illustrator can be isolating so it is great to find others who are in a similar field.

How would you describe what you do?At the moment I am working full time as a freelance illustrator from our flat, although I have previously worked under many other guises since leaving university to make ends meet! Most of the commissions I get at the moment are for greetings cards, a lot of which I get through my agent. This can get repetitive so I try to vary it for myself by experimenting with different media. I’ve also been commissioned for editorials, book covers and typography projects and am slowly starting to get little bits of children’s work here and there which is really exciting. I love drawing and painting by hand with my pencils, inks, and watercolours, which I then combine using digital software to get it ready for print.

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What are your tricks for getting inspired when you have a creative block?Switch activity. Whether it’s playing around with paint, going for a walk, looking through my books, visiting a local museum, cooking or meeting up with a friend. Anything to allows my mind to breathe a bit and relax.

What is your favourite project/piece that you have worked on and why?I really enjoyed working on the book cover illustration for ‘Islands of the Mind’, an anthology of poems and short stories written by a group of students from Lambeth Academy earlier this year. This was brought about by an amazing organisation called First Story, who arrange and pay for acclaimed writers to run weekly creative-writing workshops for students in state schools across the country. Walker Books helped them to produce and publish the final book and it was through a lovely friend who works there, Charlie Moyler, that I ended up being involved. She helped the group to articulate what they wanted the cover to feel like and then basically art directed me, which was really fun! The final piece feels quite different to a lot of my other work due to the dark subject matter, but it was a welcome change and challenge.

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If you could learn a new skill what would it be?I’m really inspired by pattern and would love to learn how to make my own repeat patterns using Adobe Illustrator. Thankfully resources like Skillshare are making things like this more accessible, so I plan to make use of that soon.

What is your favourite song right now?I’m enjoying ‘Union’ by Deptford Goth at the moment. He’s a local artist and his music is beautiful – although you wouldn’t know it from the name!

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Which designers/artists/photographers get you super inspired and excited?I love everything by Beatrice Alemagna, whose book ‘Un Lion a Paris’ first got me hooked into the world of children’s book illustration. She communicates with so much sensitivity and sophistication, and yet manages to retain a real sense of childlike naivety, which is difficult to do well. Her fearless approach to experimenting with different media and materials never fails to make me want to get back to work! Other favourites include; Roger Duvoisin and Jan Balet, Laura Carlin, Carson Ellis, Peter Doig, Shirley Baker, Jacob Whibley and Rune Gunerisssen.

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How do you relax and unwind?I love exploring the different neighbourhoods and markets in and around London, visiting local museums and exhibitions, taking long walks in the park, cooking for friends, curling up with a good book and making haphazard creations on my sewing machine. I also love to get out of the city when I can to wide, green spaces.

What is your top tip for life?Don’t compare yourself – something I am still learning to apply to my own life. I love the quote “Comparison is the thief of Joy” by Franklin D Roosevelt, I think he sums it up beautifully.

Check our more of Rachel's work on her stunning website, and follow her on twitter and instagram.

Also read my other interviews with Bianca, Belinda and Chloe (I promise I will be interviewing a man soon!)