Your distinctive illustrations and colour palette are so vibrant and playful. What do you consider when starting a new artwork?
There's quite a few things to consider! When creating a personal illustration I'm definitely more spontaneous about the composition and colour palette. I kind of just go for it, and pick colours based on what I'm drawn to that day. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't...but it's great for experimentation!
However, when creating a book or working for a client the process is a lot more methodical. With a children's book I spend quite a while figuring out the composition through drawing small scale thumbnails. This part can be a little time-consuming because you're not just figuring out the composition for one illustration, but you also have to consider all of the illustrations together and how the book reads from page to page.
Working at such a small scale gives you the freedom to chop and change things around, and learn what is and isn't going to work before you dive straight into the individual spreads. Another thing I consider is the colour palette. I like sticking to a set colour palette throughout the entire book. This definitely helps give continuity to the body of work.
I also consider the paper stock, paper size, and the look and feel I'm going for before I get started. I occasionally get sucked into the vortex of reference photo hunting because it's so much fun! But the endless hours scrolling through Pinterest is ok if it's for research purposes…or at least that's what I like to tell myself when I'm 3 hours in!
Where do you find inspiration?
Honestly, I know this is a very generic answer but it's true! I really do draw inspiration from anywhere and everything. There's not a set list of things that inspire me. If I had to narrow it down it would probably be life experiences, things that are happening in the world, causes that I'm passionate about and then smaller things like being out in nature, beautiful art from creatives around me, powerful song lyrics and poetry. The list is endless!