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Thursday 27 May 2021

Meet The Illustrator: Hilary Cresp

: Hilary Cresp

Describe your illustration style in ten words or less.
Pared back flat style using minimal palette

What items are an essential part of your creative space?
Paper, pencils, iPad and Procreate

Do you have a favourite artistic medium?

Name three artists whose work inspires you.
Dan Santant, Roger Duvoisin, Benji Davies

Which artistic period would you most like to visit and why?
Happy where I am, thanks :)

Who or what inspired you to become an illustrator?
My love of books

Can you share a photo of your creative work space or part of the area where you work most often? Talk us through it.
I have a space in the Nicholas Building on the corner of Flinders Lane and Swanston Street. It’s an artistic hub and I feel grateful to be here every time I walk in. Our space is a shared studio space with painters and other illustrators. It wraps around the internal lightwell, providing even southerly light through the day. We occasionally get visits from some little sparrows. It’s quiet and light and calm and welcoming.

What is your favourite part of the illustration process?
The breakthrough moment when it all falls into place.

 What advice would you give to an aspiring illustrator?
Have fun!
Draw everyday if you can (even if it’s in the sand with a stick) and it’s important to draw from life as well as your imagination
Go, be amazing!

Hilary has a curiosity about people and the natural world which she brings to her work: illustrating children’s books, designing characters and poster art. Her pictures evoke all the possibilities and imagination of childhood where the adventurous characters she creates play an active part in their own story.

For more information, please visit Hilary's website or follow her on instagram.