I can't remember where I first spotted Gemma Correll's illustration work but it seems to keep popping up on all my favourite websites. I love her naive and humorous style, and her pictures of cute pugs and kittens always cheer me up on a dull day! Read on for Part 1 of the interview!
How did you get started as an illustrator?
I studied Graphic Design, specialising in Illustration, at the Norwich School of Art and Design. After I graduated, I was lucky enough to get a couple of freelance jobs and just went from there really. I knew that I wanted to be an "Illustrator" from a young age- before I even knew the term. I just knew that I wanted to draw pictures and maybe write stories, too. I've been full-time freelancing for 2 years now.
I love doing self-initiated projects, like my daily diary series (see above). In terms of commissioned work, I had a lot of fun recently doing some drawings for Fred Flare- I illustrated some E-cards for them, featuring a girl called Bee (and her Pug) in Fred Flare outfits. I'm also working on some fun designs at the moment but I can't say exactly what they are yet!
The best thing is being my own boss... it's also the worst thing! While it's great that I can (pretty much) make my own hours, take holidays when I want to (although I usually end up working when I'm on holiday) and sit at home eating biscuits all day, it is also very tricky to manage my time. I try to be organised and work "set" hours but you can't plan creativity, I'll often have my best ideas at 2am and consequently end up working 14 + hours a day. I work at weekends too. It's partly necessity because I have lots of work on and lots of admin-y stuff to do like package orders etc and partly because I'm just rubbish and knowing when to stop.
- Thank you Gemma! Part 2 will be up tomorrow, when we'll find out where Gemma finds her inspiration from!