We have a very exciting blog post for you today; the first in a series of interviews with artists. We are thrilled to welcome the wonderful Jillian Phillips, graphic designer and illustrator to the blog.
Jillian is the artist behind many of our beloved wall stickers, including Dino Fun, Apple A Day and Owls.
Jillian creates whimsical worlds that transform any plain wall into an endearing wonderland of colour. You can find all of the wall stickers designed by Jillian here.
Today, Jillian talks nature, Tokyo and tips for illustrators.
How did you find your way into illustration as a career?
I did a work experience placement for 3 weeks with a design company as part of my college course, and enjoyed it so much I knew that was what I wanted to do from then on!
What inspires you?
All sorts of things! I travel to Tokyo and NY, visit museums, flea markets, vintage stores, read other design blogs, inspiration is all around you.
Who are your favourite contemporary artists?
I am a huge fan of Camilla Engman, as well as many Japanese illustrators whose work I discover on my research trips.
What is your favourite subject matter to draw?
Nature really inspires me, I especially love creating fun animals, and I find myself drawing tons of girl characters!
What is your fondest career memory?
Walking into Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters and the Moma shop in New York on the same day and seeing my work in there! It was an amazing feeling. I never ever dreamt I would experience that.
Do you have any tips for budding illustrators?
Work really hard and put the hours in (to really get good at this job, you need to spend hours and hours practising, trying new things out, and creating new work). Develop your own style and spend as much time as you can on a Portfolio you can show to potential clients.
It can take years to really get your career going, so don’t feel deflated when things don’t happen immediately. Write to everyone, send a sample of what you do (copyright it!) and show how much you want that job! And lastly, write a blog, it’s a great way for people to find you and see what you do, especially if you can’t afford a website in the early days.
Where can our readers see your work?
Thanks so much Jillian!
Children’s photos by Barbara Decre.