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Illustrator and graphic designer from Montréal, Canada, Camille Charbonneau has an unconditional love for pink and funky patterns. Drawing inspiration from everything, Camille likes to play with bold colours and geometric shapes to create fun illustrations.

Tell us a fun fact about you

Fireworks terrify me.

How did you get into illustration?

Ever since I can remember, I had a pen in my hand. Drawing on restaurant mats, napkins, everything I could possibly draw on, I did. Later on, I studied Graphic Design at University and fell in love with my illustration classes. They made me discover so many talented illustrators and allowed me to explore a lot of different illustration styles. Once I found a way to express myself through drawing, I was hooked.

Who or what inspires you the most?

The list of artists that inspire me is never-ending and always changing. In my top 3 these days is : Keith Haring (will be in my top 3 forever to be honest), Holden Mesk and Yeye Weller. I am also surrounded by amazing friends who have a lot of talent. They always inspire me to work hard and stay creative.

What does a typical day look like for you?

On a typical day, I would start by drinking a cup of coffee on my porch with my doggo. I would then spend most of my day working with clients on different graphic design projects while listening to true crime podcasts. My nights and weekends are when I concentrate on my personal projects and illustrations.

What do you do when you have a creative block?

Creative block is a big part part of my everyday life. I think it is impossible to always feel inspired. The best we can do is embrace it and find new ways to work with it. However, when I feel particularly uninspired, I go on long walks with my furry friend and listen to The Creative Pep Talk Podcast, which is an amazing resource for tips and tools to help deal with creative block.

Top three clients you’ve worked with?

Headster Kids, Mural Festival and Les Affaires Magazine.

What tools (digital or not!) do you use to create your work?

I am a creature of habit. I always do my sketches with black ink pen in Rhodia notebooks, which have detachable pages that allow me to get rid of the ones I don’t like. Some people may think that removing stuff from sketchbooks is a bad habit, but for me, it eliminates the pressure of having to create beautiful images on the first try. I then make the final artwork in Adobe Illustrator (yay for vectors!) and add the final touches on my iPad.

What’s your favourite resource for inspiration?

Instagram.

Do you have any tips for artists thinking of doing freelance?

1) Don’t overthink it (easier said then done).
2) Find what makes you happy in your work. Being yourself is your strength, it’s what sets you apart from everyone.
3) Encourage other artists, there’s a place for everyone.

What would your dream project be?

Living in Montreal, Street Art is a big part of our culture. Everywhere you look, it is most likely that you’ll find some form of it. It makes the city vibrant and full of colours all year round. My dream project would be to paint a big colourful mural somewhere in the city.

How can fans keep up-to-date with your work?
Instagram

  

Born in Thailand and based in Chicago, Illinois, Jane Wongjirad is a full-time senior graphic designer/art director. At night, she’s a lettering artist who goes by Cottonwood312. She loves flourishes, flowers and fun. She wants to spread out positive messages and hopes that her arts cheer up others.

Tell us a fun fact about you
Recently, I became a mom to a handsome 11-months old Border Collie mix. He’s such a good boy.

How did you get into illustration?
I love drawing and art at a very young age. I didn’t go to art school but I always pick up a pencil to sketch on something. I work in graphic design and art direction so that skill comes in handy. I started to explore hand-lettering couple years ago. Now it becomes part of my day.

Who or what inspires you the most?
Nature. Traveling. Putting myself in other cultures.

What does a typical day look like for you?
With a coffee cup in hand, I’m usually at my desk by 9 am. I work from home so I can sit here all day long. Though I try to break up my day by walking the dog or getting up to grab snacks/water.

What do you do when you have a creative block?
I try to get some inspirations from other artists on IG or by flipping through design magazines. Other times, I just walk away from it.

Top three clients you’ve worked with?
A software company, a drug management company and a company that makes chewing gums.

What tools (digital or not!) do you use to create your work?
Paper and pencil, and my lovely iPad Pro.

What’s your favourite resource for inspiration?
Instagram, Pinterest, Communication Arts magazines, museums.

Do you have any tips for artists thinking of doing freelance?
Currently I’m a full-time employee but I freelanced for years. Freelance doesn’t mean ‘free’ or low-cost service so know your worth and manage your time. Also, you only want to work with someone who wants to work with you. It’s ok to say no.

What would your dream project be?
Seeing my work on print ads, packagings or billboards somewhere.

How can fans keep up-to-date with your work?
Instagram

Danii Pollehn is a print designer and illustrator living in Hamburg, Germany. After graduating with an honors in Fashion Design from the Academy of Fashion & Design in Berlin and Hamburg, Danii has worked as a freelance stylist for magazines and print-commercials for several years. With a special interest in nature, traveling and paying attention to the details in everyday surroundings Danii finds an endless source of inspiration to create unique and innovative artwork and designs.

Tell us a fun fact about you I´m addicted to asian food, chocolate, trench-coats, Frank Ccean, Sampha and James Blake, my sneakers, books, art, breakfast, grocery shopping and I‘m leaving a crumb trail!

How did you get into illustration? I was always painting and drawing so it seemed like a logic career path to me.

Who or what inspires you the most? Plants and flowers of course but traveling and my every day surroundings are always a great way to get inspired!

What does a typical day look like for you? Starting with a great breakfast afterwards checking and answering emails, and working and preparing orders. Painting in the afternoon and working on Instagram in the evening.

What do you do when you have a creative block? Just stop forcing it and try to use the time to meet friends and have long walks!

Top three clients you've worked with? Recently I did flowers for a big company which I really enjoyed creating. Winning a design contest to have a textile design with Urban Outfitters was amazing when I started out, or I also enjoyed creating an entire print collection for a local surfwear company!

What tools (digital or not!) do you use to create your work? Procreate and Photoshop.

What's your favourite resource for inspiration? Pinterest or I also love to check out old books on fleamarkets!

Do you have any tips for artists thinking of doing freelance? Get yourself out there and start networking!

What would your dream project be? Designing for big fashion houses like Gucci or Chloe or just have my stuff on big billboards in NYC would be awesome! Having my own home decor collection with ikea would also be perfect!

How can fans keep up-to-date with your work? Instagram

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