lepoidsdesmots88: “I just graduated from University with a BA degree in Media design, but I am really interested in illustration and I love making my own comics. I don’t have a unique style yet though and I would love to know how you’ve come to find your own?”
Draw draw draw. Oh, and keep drawing. One of the reasons I started my journal doodles was to challenge myself to make one drawing a day within 20 minutes. That’s the time frame I gave myself. This way I push myself to not overthink it and keep doing.
In the beginning I looked at other people’s work a lot to get inspiration and you will find out what you like and what works for you.
Draw the things around you, don’t think about a finished product too much, and just do it. :)
The next few questions came from younghwanlee
"What materials do you usually use to draw?"
For my doodles I use a mechanical pen. I have a favourite: the Staedtler Noris 763, which I bought in Copenhagen a few years ago. I once lost it for two days and it was driving me mad.
"Who is your favourite artist?"
Tough question! I have multiple. I love Camilla Engman’s work, Gemma Correll’s witty drawings and I also love Oliver Jeffers. Another favourite of mine is Fiep Westendorp. She drew one of the most popular Dutch characters, Jip en Janneke.
"What do you do in free time?"
That’s what my friends keep asking me too ;) I have to say that I’m kind of a workaholic. I draw as much as possible in my free time as well. But other than that I love going to the cinema and to discover cities I’ve never been to before.
"How do you develop your characters?"
Well, most of my characters exist in real life. I draw myself mostly or my friends. I also pay close attention to people I see around me and they sometimes come back in my illustrations. I like quirky people the most.