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Thursday 15 December 2016

Meet the Illustrator: Natasha Farrar

Describe your illustration style in ten words or less.
A mix of watery watercolour and not so watery watercolour.

What items are an essential part of your creative space?
All the painting bits and pieces, 2B pencil, rubber within reaching distance, a giant cup of tea and my composer of the day playing from the speakers.

Do you have a favourite artistic medium?

Name three artists whose work inspires you.
Freya Blackwood is big influence on me now, and May Gibbs and Alison Lester are illustrators who I loved as a child and still do.

Which artistic period would you most like to visit and why? 
Impressionist period. I feel like that was a period when artists were really starting to use their imagination to depict the world rather than copying what was in front of them.

Who or what inspired you to become an illustrator? 
Well, I spent most of my childhood lying on the floor either reading or drawing endless stories. Apparently nothing has changed!

Can you share a photo of your creative work space or part of the area where you work most often?

What is your favourite part of the illustration process?
The bit where you’re trying to figure out how to draw up the words on the page, and then it suddenly hits you and all makes sense!

What advice would you give to an aspiring illustrator?
Absorb everything - you can learn from the most unlikely sources!

Despite graduating with a B.Music/B.Education (Honours) at UNSW, and then managing a delicious chocolate shop, Natasha has ventured into illustrating picture books, with her first two books, Flossie the Fairy and Flossie Catches the Christmas Star (both by Nancy Watson), being published this year. Learn more on Natasha's website: www.natashafarrar.com.au