Monday, 27 October 2008

Maral Sassouni Interview: Part 2

Here is the second part of our interview with illustrator Maral Sassouni!

(Above image: Sailing Class (part of a Guide to Waterside Events, Bay Area) - Diablo Magazine Below: Flying for the Holidays - Microsoft)

I use watercolour (winsor & newton) and india ink (sometimes with a brush, usually with a dip pen. A fine-tip crow quill sometimes). Gouache, too. And collage once in a blue moon -- I have a copious collection of paper ephemera picked up over a life time in many countries, all of which cries out to be used...

On a related note: I love to try out new materials whenever I can. I love being able to learn a new skill, and I LOVE the freedom of being a beginner... this makes it a source of inspiration, feeding in to the things I actually know how to do. Mosaics, quilts, DIY...

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I have a penchant for assignments concerned with BOOKS -- that would be illustrations for book reviews or book covers (Also ex libris /bookplates or children's books...haven't done one yet, though!). You get to delve more into narrative and metaphor, or you can do a portrait of the author or protagonists...or any combination of the above. It's always a rich vein to mine.
(Above: Harvesting stars - childrens book project, unpublished)

Also, when a project resonates with things in your own life, that's good too. It allows you as an illustrator to pour more of your personal insight into the images.

But, paradoxically, I like those assignments about subjects I know nothing about too. I get to learn something new! And that initial ZING of fascination can give the image an extra energy...
I will post the next part of the interview on Wednesday, where we hear about some of the diverse artists that inspired Maral's work!

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