Elsie & Fleur

Angie is a freelance illustrator and graphic designer, who lives with her husband and two daughters near the beautiful Quantock Hills in Somerset.

She creates cheery and bright illustrated prints, greetings cards, gift wrap and stationery, which she sells all over the world.

Where do you get your inspiration from?

My children and their various colouring and drawing projects, my garden and the surrounding hills and local coastline are a constant source of inspiration.

I also admire mid 20th Century artists and designers such as Celia Birtwell, David Hockney, Mary Blair and Alain Gree.

I love Pat Hutchins’s children’s book ‘Rosie’s Walk’ and George Dunning’s animation for the film ‘Yellow Submarine’. Big and bright!

Where do you begin when you’re creating something?

I have notebooks by my desk and as soon as I get an idea I jot it down. Then, when I get a chance, I transfer it to a loose sheet of A4 paper using a black fibre tip pen.

Once I have created a layout of the overall composition, showing how the text should be set out as well, I carefully draw the images to be used in the finished piece, which are then scanned and coloured on the computer.

Do you listen to music while you work?

Yes, I listen mostly to Radio 6’s Lauren Laverne and RadMac.

What’s your favourite beverage while working?

It has to be the best of British – a good, hot cup of tea!



Written by Sarah Johnstone — March 11, 2015

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