Interview: Molly Louise Card

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Molly Louise Card is an aspiring illustrator, with a love for design and art. Her dream is to have her own sweet little studio and sell her designs on Etsy. I was lucky enough to have a little chat with her about her career plan and illustrations. 

Hello Molly! Thank you so much for letting me interview you. How are you?

I’m feeling fantastic, excited to be talking to you!

I adore your work. What inspired you to start doing illustrations?

Well thank you, I think I’ve always been a creative person. I can’t say I was ever very academic at school so I used to draw and read a lot in my spare time, and I haven’t stopped since. I decided to go to UCA Rochester to do a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art and Design not knowing where it would take me, but it got me excited about what I could be doing with my life.

Have you always been into illustrations, design and art?

For as long as I can remember. I used to create my own drawings of characters in books. However I didn’t always know that I wanted to focus in illustration. Half way through my course at college I thought about going down the route of publishing or fashion promotion, but then when we had to choose a pathway to go down, I chose fine art and started doing illustrations.

How has your creative process changed since the start?

Back in college I didn’t really like using too many different mediums and if I had a go to tool it would have been my watercolour palette, I loved the idea of traditional illustration so that’s how I tried to approach my work. Now going into my third year at university, I have barely touched my palette and try to experiment with different creative processes.

What equipment do you use for your work?

Currently I use a lot of Posca pens and fine-liners. I am also dabbling in digital art, I started to get the hang of using a Wacom graphics tablet and it is something that I’d possibly like to keep working with.

What tools or materials could you not live without?

My sketchbook, Posca pens and a black fine-liner. They are currently what I’m enjoying the most when it comes to creating work.

Why has social media been an important platform for you to use?

I am absolutely in love with Instagram. I probably spend too much time on it but it is just a fantastic way of getting your work out there to the masses and keeping up to date with other artists work. It’s also a great way to make contacts that I could maybe collaborate with, or just make friends with!

Who inspires your work?

I am inspired by a lot of different artists. I wouldn’t say that I have a definitive style at the moment so I love looking at a lot of different work to see how far I can take my creative process. I really love artists such as Sarah K Benning, Laura Berger, Sarah Abbott and Gem Rose. They all have Instagram so I would really recommend looking them up.

Do you have any favourite pieces of artwork or illustrations that you adore at the moment?

I love every single piece that Phoebe Wahl does. They are the most beautiful illustrations, she uses paint and collage and they are so detailed. I hope to own a piece by her one day. She has a piece called “Dream” which is possibly my favourite. It’s on her website www.phoebewahl.com, check it out!

What do we hope to see in this up and coming year for your Facebook page and Tumblr?

As I am now going into my third year at university it means it’s dissertation time. For my dissertation I am looking into “how natural forms influence designers and how they can be incorporated into textile design”, so most of the work I post will be in relation to this. I want to experiment with different paints and also embroidery and knitting. I also want to be creating some digital work, whether it be relatable to this project or not. Who knows, maybe I’ll have some side projects going on too.

Do you have any career plans?

I plan on being a freelance illustrator and having my own business. These aren’t immediate plans as I know it can be difficult to get businesses off the ground. I think for starters I want to have a studio space where I can be creating work that I can sell on online platforms such as Etsy UK, and I can get my work out there and meet people at art and craft fairs such as Renegade Craft Fair, Brighton Etsy Market, and eventually maybe East London Comics & Arts Festival and Pick Me Up Graphics Festival.

Do you have any advice for anyone who would like to set up their own Facebook page or Tumblr?

Post regularly. Truthfully I need to get better at this myself, but if you are constantly posting work then it’s more likely to be seen by a lot of people and you can get feedback from your peers and people from the public.

Do you have any advice for designers and illustrators?

My best advice would be to be constantly creating work. It will get you into a good habit and it will improve your skills. Practice makes perfect, or at least it leads to more ideas!

What's the best piece of creative advice you've ever been given?

One of my old tutors said you should always take a sketchbook and a camera with you wherever you go, and if you’re not creating work every day then you need to ask yourself why. It’s the best advice that I’ve been given, and now I’m passing it onto everyone.

Make sure to check out Molly Louise Card on Facebook and her Instagram 'mollylouisecard'. There are always exciting updates, quirky pictures and illustrations. Not forgetting an endless amount of plants.