Friday, January 19

Meet The Illustrator: Lucinda Gifford


Describe your example fashion inwards 10 words or less.
Varied, warm, bold, even hence developing…

What items are an essential business office of your creative space?
Influenza A virus subtype H5N1 big, thick pad of ‘draw as well as wash’, a tub of grayish as well as dark pencils, music, some greenery, low-cal box, kids drawings on wall, java plunger as well as … of course… my Mac laptop amongst Cintiq tablet.

Do yous convey a favourite artistic medium?
I can’t create upwards one’s hear whether it’s ink or pencil. I dear splashing ink around, as well as I experience to a greater extent than confident when it comes to adding shade or drama inwards ink; somehow most drawings seem to travel out they means I like. But pencil – particularly thick, dark pencil – is only hence flexible, right away as well as fun to use. I similar gouache as well as watercolour too, but they’re even hence sort-of ‘secondary media’ to me. I exercise a lot digitally too, but that unremarkably tends to come upwards inwards at the halt of the process.


Name 3 artists whose travel inspires you.
Alexis Deacon – his technical science is astonishing, as well as he writes original, mesmerising stories too. I loved Janet Ahlberg’s drawings equally a child, as well as I even hence hold off to them for their grapheme as well as warmth. And finally, Babette Cole’s wonderful drawings (and ideas) brand me laugh… as well as express mirth as well as laugh. I was hence sorry when she passed away at the showtime of the year.


Which artistic catamenia would yous most similar to view as well as why?
I’m pretty happy amongst the present. Today, nosotros convey hence much selection as well as inspiration. And equally a non-aristocratic women inwards the past times I wouldn’t convey had the fourth dimension to (and may non convey been allowed to) brand art. So here, now, today it is.

Who or what inspired yous to buy the farm an illustrator?
I ever loved drawing, as well as looking at fine art makes me experience happy as well as alive. But then, equally an adult, seeing example was a bittersweet experience because I wasn’t making fine art myself. About 10 years agone I realised that I didn’t convey to last sorry nearly this – I could only showtime drawing again.


Can yous percentage a photograph of your creative travel infinite or business office of the expanse where yous travel most often?
Here is it today. I’m nearly to showtime travel on the side past times side Chook Doolan book, as well as hence I’ve surrounded myself amongst reference material. I’ve also been puddling around amongst gouache. On the other side of this picayune room is my trusty computer.


What is your favourite business office of the example process?
As an author/illustrator I’d tell it’s when an sentiment for a floor all of a precipitous starts to crystallise as well as brand sense. If example alone, as well as then it’s definitely floor boarding a motion-picture present mass – hence much potential, hence much hope!


What advice would yous give to an aspiring illustrator?
Keep a sketchbook – don’t last precious nearly it as well as brand yourself describe as well as write inwards it every day, fifty-fifty only a picayune flake (I’m advising myself hither too!). Limit fourth dimension on social media. Oh, as well as buy the farm along multiple backups of digital travel – yous won’t ever regret it!

Lucinda Gifford is a Melbourne-based illustrator as well as author/illustrator. Books include Arthur as well as the Curiosity and Space Alien at PlanetDad . She has also illustrated The Cat Wants Custard  by P Crumble, The Fourteenth Summer ofAngus Jack by Jen Storer, as well as the popular Chook Doolan series past times James Roy.

Visit Lucinda’s website lucindagifford.com and follow her on Facebook