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Thursday 9 February 2023

Meet The Illustrator: Georgia Stylou

Georgia Stylou

Describe your illustration style in ten words or less.
Digital free hand painting, semi-realist, whimsical, warm and innocent.

What items are an essential part of your creative space?
My Mac is my best friend, regular pencils are always on my desk as well as my digital ones, candles and a bottle of fresh water. A cup of coffee is also a must!

Do you have a favourite artistic medium?
My pen tablet, for sure! Ever since I discovered the digital way I can’t go back! I used to be a traditional painter so pencils, brushes and colours are always somewhere around just in case!

Name three artists whose work inspires you.
Roger Olmos, Sonja Wimmer and Rebecca Dautremer.

Which artistic period would you most like to visit and why?
I’d say the present artistic period! I think that we are living in the most 'pluralistic' period of all time, there are all kind of artistic styles and so many talented artists around the world!

Who or what inspired you to become an illustrator?
I have asked this same question myself many times before but, honestly, I don’t know exactly the answer! I draw and paint ever since I remember myself so I guess whatever inspired me in the first place to become an illustrator must be something I had experienced in my very early childhood life! I guess the fact that I was always a big fan of picture books and cartoons was a plus!

Can you share a photo of your creative work space or part of the area where you work most often? Talk us through it.
This is the workspace where I have been creating for the last 10 years. It is pretty minimalistic and clean because that is how I like to work: just my pen tablet, my Mac, some candles and a cup of coffee. However, right now it is emptier than usual because we are about to move in a new apartment and most of my stuff are in boxes!

What is your favourite part of the illustration process?
Definitely one of the last parts: the colouring! It is then when all the images look alive and I can have a clearer view of what the final creative product will look like.

What advice would you give to an aspiring illustrator?
My advice would be to constantly learning and developing your techniques and just go after your dream.

Georgia Stylou works as an illustrator for children's books around the world.She has a degree in Graphic Design but she soon realized that what she really wanted to do was creating images for children´s stories. Books with her work have been published in Greece and abroad. She lives in Greece with her husband and their two children, who serve as inspiration for creating beautiful scenes and images.

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