Interview: Eden Humphreys

Eden has a passion for illustration and she has recently published her first book. I was lucky enough to have a little interview with Eden about her illustrations, designs and career plans.

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

I'm really well thanks busy but good!

Tell us a little bit about your background.

My mum was a fashion designer so I've grown up with creativity being constantly around me! One of my earliest memories is my mum drawing fashion illustrations and me colouring them in! Ever since then I've always loved art in school, I would stay in and look through art books with my teacher instead of going outside to play in primary school because I wanted to be an artist. I then went on the do GCSEs and a levels in art, and on to uni where I studied creative advertising where I tried to utilise my love of art as much as possible!

Describe yourself in three words.

Introvert. Creative. Shopaholic!

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

Why thank you!! As I mentioned I've always loved art and my mums passion for fashion illustration was a huge influence. I more recently have self published my first charity recipe book called Missed Mothers (www.missedmothers.co.uk) with my friend Abi which I illustrated. This was such a fantastic experience it really made my fall in love with book and editorial illustrations and is something I'm keen to continue!

Have you always been into illustrations, design and art?

Yes, ever since I was a child, I can't remember a time when I didn't love art even as a child!

How has your creative process changed since the start?

More recently I've been using a lot more mixed media which I didn't use to. And I don't try to copy other artists I admire, I just work on what I think will work best, sometimes it doesn't work but you can always learn from mistakes. I use to work more in coloured pencils, because I saw it a lot on Instagram but after using them for a while I realised that I shouldn't just use something because others do you can find your own way of doing things.

How did you manage to learn and hone your craft?

PRACTICE! It sounds cliche but practice does make (almost) perfect, without me sounding big headed! But you do improve so much with time, I looked at artists which I admire and really took the time to research what materials they used and how they use them, then I would look at things like composition, colours and line quality. Noticing the small details in people who inspire you and seeing how it can be adapted and applied to your work will help you improve. But I'm still learning so much everyday I don't think there will ever be a time where I feel my works perfect!

If there were no resource restraints, what be your dream project?

Wow! I would love to be an illustrator for magazines all over the world! I'm really into food illustration right now so working with a food magazine would be incredible. Oh and I also would love to have my own range in Paperchase all their illustrated products are adorable that would be a dream come true!

What equipment do you use for your work?

I use Winsor and Newton Cotman watercolours and a range of fineliners; I like the Copic multiliner the best. The Pentel water brushes are so handy and easy to use also. I'm a bit of an art supply hoarder so I couldn't possibly list everything but these are my most used supplies.

What tools or materials could you not live without?

My little pencil case on-the-go kit! I carry everything, my 12 Pan Cotman watercolours a few fineliners and water brushes! Oh and I can't forget my Stilman and Birn Beta sketchbook, literally the best sketchbook in the world!

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

It's so easy and a great way of sharing work, I've had several commissions from people seeing my work online which is incredible. I don't worry about likes and followers through I do it because I love it, once the likes become more important it shows in the work!

Who inspires your work?

I love Instagram so I have a few people I constantly check out. Marta Spendowska is an incredible illustrator and fine artist who is my all time favourite. I also love @anna.rastorgueva @morgandavidson @theydrawandcook and @charvillena.

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

I love @diandrecanti 's new illustrated toast calendar. It's to stunning I really want to get my hands on one! All Marta's textile products are stunning and I'm waiting for a clutch bag to come back in stock. I'm also really interested in urban sketching and learning more about that!

What do we hope to see in this up and coming year for your Instagram?

Lots more work! Hopefully a few more commissions and I would love to get some editorial work published which I can share! Going to delve more into finding my own style and continuing to push myself!

What are you currently working on?

A few pet watercolour commissions, and food illustrations which I'm hoping to turn into a small line of products and prints I can sell.

What inspires you on a day-to-day basis?

Seeing all the fantastic work other artists are creating. And just the small details in life which are too easily forgotten or unnoticed, like, architecture or nature in your own garden, it inspires me to try capture it every day to make sure it doesn't go to waste.

Do you have any advice for anyone who would like to set up their own Instagram?

Don't worry about the opinions of others just focus on the work and finding your own style. You can't run before you walk!

Do you have any advice for designers and illustrators?

Experiment as much as you can so you can find what inspired you the most.

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

To not worry or become disheartened about not like your own work! This is something I really struggled with because I wanted it to be perfect. But once you realise that it's okay to not always like your work it'll release all the anxiety and you'll find you can create so much more when you're not restricting yourself!

If you would like to take a look at her first published book, please take a look at 'www.missedmothers.co.uk'. This lovely lady is also on Instagram and Behance. Please take a look at these wonderful pages for inspiration and her wonderful work. 

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