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Thursday 27 April 2023

Meet The Illustrator: Bindy James

Bindy James

Describe your illustration style in ten words or less.
Cheerful yet tender, lots of texture and pattern.

What items are an essential part of your creative space?
Definitely my Ipad with Procreate. My desktop computer and diary. I also have my watercolours, brushes, paper and colour pencils too.

Do you have a favourite artistic medium?
I work digitally for the most part but I’m attracted to watercolour/gouache brushes and techniques. I also like to add details with colour pencils and textured paper.

Name three artists whose work inspires you.
Bernice Myers, Art Seiden and Alison Lester

Which artistic period would you most like to visit and why?
I would like to visit the mid-century period of children’s book illustration. Having a background in graphic design, I’m drawn to the bold silhouettes and colour contrast. I also like the repetitive textures used at the time as a necessity.

Who or what inspired you to become an illustrator?
I have always been a creative type however I also have an interest in the environment, science and nature. When school finished I did a degree in environmental science before deciding to re-train as a graphic designer. By the end of my study I had realised that Illustration is the most exciting thing for me!

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 little creative space at home that I share with my husband. My desk has big drawers packed with all types of textured paper and traditional paintings. I have my ipad/computer, sketchbook and my pin board of inspiration/experiments. I often have little things from nature around to draw like gum nuts, feathers and leaves.

What is your favourite part of the illustration process?
I like when the composition sketch comes together. Then I feel excited about the process going forward. I also like it when I’m adding in pattern details with pencil.

What advice would you give to an aspiring illustrator?
I would say don't be afraid to play around with lots of styles and different techniques. When you discover something you enjoy doing, take note and create lots of work that showcases it. Be prepared to stop and follow the next thing you enjoy!

Bindy is an illustrator based in Brisbane, Australia. After initially completing a degree in environmental science, she trained as a graphic designer and then moved into illustration. She is constantly fascinated by our natural world and interested in how children relate to and learn from their natural environment.

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