What is your favourite card you’ve designed for Sunshine Llama, and why?

I absolutely love the plantastic plant mum card! My two favourite things to draw are plants and cats, so combining the both in one design – the dream!

Can you tell us a little bit more about your design process? What do you enjoy most about the design process?

I often start by drawing very messy thumbnails in my sketchbook. I then take my favourite ideas and work them up digitally, adding colour palette suggestions (usually lots of lime green and bubblegum pink)! Once confirmed, I like to add lots of texture with different technical brushes and overlays. My favourite part of any design is working on the characters! I love to spend lots of time perfecting their little facial expressions and I really enjoy drawing all the cute outfits.

How did you get into illustration/design?

I studied Illustration Animation at Kingston School of Art, graduating just before the pandemic in 2019. I learnt a lot about the idea behind an artwork at uni, focusing on the why or how, which gave me a great understanding of why illustration is such an important tool in helping people digest information. Once I graduated I spent time honing my craft and experimenting with my style, it’s taken a few years to get to this point but I now feel comfortable saying ‘this is me and this is how I work!’.

Where do you find inspiration?

I find inspiration in lots of things! I love flicking through design magazines like ‘Uppercase’ and ‘Frankie’. I also find inspo just looking through Pinterest and instagram – there are so many talented artists out there and I feel so lucky we live in a time where literally anyone can have a platform and share their work! 

Who is your favourite designer/artist/creative person?

My favourite artist is currently Carla McRae. I’ve admired her work since I studied at art foundation, but I recently purchased her children’s book ‘Let’s Play Outdoors’ and it’s bloomin marvellous! So many juicy colours and fabulous texture!

Tell us a fun fact about yourself 🙂

A fun fact about myself is I studied in France for a year whilst at university, attending intensive French lessons once a week and going to classes entirely in French. It’s been 4 years and I now can’t remember a single word…

 

What is your favourite film?

My favourite film will always be Ruby Sparks. It’s about the idea of ‘the manic pixie dream girl’ and how men often write women in fiction. I would really recommend watching it if you love a rom-com but get fed up of cheesy endings…this certainly doesn’t have one! It also has beautiful art direction and a stunning score by Nick Urata.

 

What is your star sign?

My star sign is Cancer! Summer crybaby all the way haha!

Do you have any top tips for aspiring designers?

My biggest tip is to just ask! As artists we are often quite shy and like to wait for things to come to us, but I’ve found the more you put yourself out there and ask people to get involved – the more people say yes! If I like the look of a company I always just send an email to say hi and introduce myself, the industry is so saturated they might not find you otherwise.

What’s been the best part about working with Sunshine Llama? What have you enjoyed most?
The best part of working with Sunshine Llama is how collaborative it is! I really felt supported by Lucy and the team every step of the way.