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Thursday 8 December 2016

Meet the Illustrator: Amy Ruane

Describe your illustration style in ten words or less.
Bright, bold, happy and detailed.

What items are an essential part of your creative space?
My desk! It's a place in my home that’s just MY area. And I can't leave out my smooth Bristol board paper. It's a really great base for coloured pencils.

Do you have a favourite artistic medium? 
Can I have more than one? My favourites are Polychromo pencils and Copic marker.

Name three artists whose work inspires you.
It has to be my 52-Week Illustration Challenge members because I see their work every day! I wish to give them all a shout out, as I find these guys have that something I aspire to. Anita GadziƄska , Markjohn Glass and Alfonso Lourido.

Which artistic period would you most like to visit and why? 
The time of the Impressionists would be a great time to visit. I love their colours and pretty markings of light.

Who or what inspired you to become an illustrator?
Finding the 52-Week Illustration Challenge gave me a direction to aim for.

Can you share a photo of your creative work space or part of the area where you work most often? Yes, it's in my kids' playroom. And I have a large window to look, which is lovely. The backyard is being renovated, so please excuse the construction! I also have another nice spot to draw. It's in a sunny spot on my front porch.

What is your favourite part of the illustration process?
My favourite part is the sketching phase. Then the scary part is colouring it in!

What advice would you give to an aspiring illustrator?
Keep trying! Draw every day. Show your work to everyone. Make a website.

Amy is a Perth-based illustrator who has recently been published by Avant Card Media. She is also an aspiring picture book illustrator. Amy works on commission pieces while raising her super amazing children. See more at her website - amygorgeousness2.wixsite.com/amyillustrates