Rachel was featured August/September 2009
1. When did you start illustrating (for clients professionally?)
Around November-December 2005.
2. Who are your biggest influences?
Actually, my influences tend to be great photographers - their work inspires me. I'll look at a photo and decide that I really really want to draw it, to give it my own expression. However I do like the work of Jules Arthur and Chris Andrews.
3. What is your work process?
At times I begin by looking for references (a specific pose, expression, etc), depending on the project. Then I create thumbnails for the various elements of the illustration. And then I put it all together for one big picture.
Other times, I begin with a specific feature and build around that
4. What would you name as the biggest strength of your illustrations?
I think my biggest strength is capturing emotions, attitudes and feelings in my subjects, which are mostly people.
5. Do you have any formal education in art?
I studied Technical Illustration at Seneca college of Communication Arts.
6. Where do you see the future of illustration?
I think illustration as an industry will continue to grow. There are so many very talented artists with different styles and approaches to their work, and there are many potential clients for each of these artists. To me, art and illustration will never die out as though it were in style for just a moment.
7. If you could offer one piece of advice to someone considering a career in illustration, what would it be?
Make time to do personal work that you can use to improve your skills and market yourself (I learned this from another talented and successful illustrator).
8. Last words?
Do what you love, and do it well