Interview: Suzi Kemp

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Suzi Kemp is a freelance illustrator and designer.  I was lucky enough to interview Suzi about her work and career plans.

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

I'm very well - thank you for having me.

Tell us a little bit about your background.

I have a background in painting and illustration, over time I have developed the digital side of my work so I can apply my designs in different ways.

What are your career plans?

I recently took on a lecturing role alongside my freelance practice which I love. So in future I hope to take on more fun design projects, and continue working with creative students.

Have you always been into illustrations, hand lettering and design?

I have always adored illustrations, and my fine art work always leant more towards illustrated outcomes. My love for reading, writing and word play has led to the inclusion of hand lettering in my work also. 

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

Thank you so much! I suppose it was when I started turning sketchbook doodles and notes into finished pieces.

What equipment do you use for your work?

Usually a brush pen and ink, a scanner, mac and drawing tablet, although I love experimenting with other mixed media (gouache, print etc) alongside that. 

What tools or materials could you not live without?

Black ink and a brush pen, for sure. 

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

It's a useful tool for sharing and promoting my work, and allows me to stay connected to my industry even if I'm working from home, alone. 

Why do you use Instagram for your work?

It is a visual platform, so is ideal for sharing illustrations. I like the community of creative people I follow, and hope my posts make other people smile too.

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

I really love the work of @teaganwh @camixvx and @manjitthapp.

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

More cute drawings, more tough drawings and an exciting wearable project which I'll be working on in the new year.

What projects are you currently working on?

It's a slow burner, but I'm illustrating a children's story that I have written.

Do you have any advice for anyone who would like to start drawing or creating stationary?

Collect inspiring visual reference, use colours you love, and use software to your advantage if you can - particularly if you want to develop surface pattern design and printed products.

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

I like artist agent @lillarogers. Motto: what makes you weird is what makes your brand.  

You can follow Suzi on her Instagram ‘@suzikempillustration’ and Twitter ‘@suzikemp’.  You can also take a look her wonderful website ‘www.suzikemp.com’. 

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