MK: What inspires you and how did you find your illustrating style? CJ: What inspires me? Hmmm. I’d have to say i’m hugely inspired by the natural and celestial worlds. I can’t seem to stop drawing creatures and beasts. Other than that interesting faces seem to urge me to draw them. I feel I’m still finding my style, so it is always nice to hear when people say my work is recognisable as my own. I don’t really try to put my own spin on things - it just naturally happens and I’m so grateful for that! MK: What has been your favourite drawing/painting to create so far?
CJ: Oh, I think one of my favourites is the girl sitting beneath a willow tree. I’m quite uncomfortable with drawing backgrounds and foregrounds, so for me getting this work completed was so sweet. I’m currently working on a similar piece, focussing on two boxing hares, and it feels like a right challenge.
MK: You currently study film at the Brighton Film School. What has that been like and does that motivate you to create more speedpaints and stop motions? CJ: I do indeed! It’s been quite up and down for me actually. I go through periods of completely worrying about the workload and having people rely on me, then other days I am loving it. I love the creative aspects of the school, when collaborations are fun instead of worrying. Unfortunately though my illustration has taken a backseat. I struggle to create speed paints due to lack of time. Maybe I just need to focus on making time for them. I am hoping to get back in to making stop motions soon. I find it so satisfying. It is a beautiful blend of film and illustration.
MK: There seems to be a consistent element of magic in your work. For example, your woodland creatures and moonlady illustration. Could you tell us more about that?
CJ: Magic? Ooooh, I’m glad you think so. Well, a large part of my childhood was spent on a farm. I think this is where my adoration for woodland creatures comes from. My parents would always talk to me about the faeries and I used to believe dragons and giants lived under the hills that we lived atop. I feel I’m drawing a world in which I’d love to reside in. By having these fantastical elements in my work it is as though I am creating my own little realm where it is earthy and enchanting and kind.
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