Looking for Nine By Nine? You're in the right place, we've just had a make over | Read more

0
 

Manolya Isik is an illustrator based in London, originally from a small town in the Netherlands, born to Turkish parents. She studied photography at the Willem de Kooning Academie in Rotterdam. Manolya's work usually consists of simple shapes, light colours, some lettering, silly characters and food. She regularly give workshops and occasionally helps as tutor at Central Saint Martins.

Tell us a fun fact about you When I turned 11 I was actually disappointed that I didn't get a letter from Hogwarts.

How did you get into illustration? I studied photography - I didn’t know a lot about the art world or creative jobs, but my dad used to love photography so I guess that’s how I got interested in it. While at art school I realised there were things like illustration, graphic design and typography too. So I took every chance that I had to add some of that to my projects. After I graduated, I focused on illustration. It's all about creating images and I just love that way of working.

Who or what inspires you the most? At the moment it's mostly everyday things like plants and food. I love looking at encyclopaedias, botanical charts and historical/fictional maps. Also, Wes Anderson films, Studio Ghibli films and Nintendo games. And of course the work of talented illustrators and animators.

What does a typical day look like for you? Usually I try to wake up around 8am, have breakfast really slow, then make a list of what needs to be done that day and try to finish it. If I manage to keep my evening free of work, I have dinner with friends, watch Arrested Development/Community/The Office or play some Zelda.

What do you do when you have a creative block? It always helps for me to work on a different project, look in my old sketchbooks for ideas or go outside.

Top three clients you've worked with? I loved working with At the Table & Yauatcha. They let me take a look in the kitchen of Yauatcha Soho, I got to taste the freshly made dim sum and finally made GIFs of the dishes I ate - pretty perfect. Another fun project was working on a zine about French Pâtisserie together with pastry chef Shaheen Peerbhai.

What tools (digital or not!) do you use to create your work? My favourite part of a project is brainstorming and sketching, so I always start with a pencil and one of my sketchbooks. Then depending on the project I either work in ink or gouache and edit in Photoshop, or I draw the whole thing in Photoshop using my Wacom.

What's your favourite resource for inspiration? Instagram to discover new people, It’s Nice That to keep up to date with interesting projects and Pinterest to save all the stuff.

Do you have any tips for artists thinking of doing freelance? If you'd like to work in illustration, I'd recommend becoming a member of the AOI - they give really good advice on pricing and contracts.

What would your dream project be? Illustrating a children’s book or working on a fun interactive project like a game.

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

  

Read more

An Interview with Lucia Types

Lucia is a Spanish illustrator addicted to lettering. She loves trying different styles and to use vibrant colours for her letters to stand out. Buy exclusive wall art by Taylor on Nine By Nine.

An interview with Kelli Laderer

Danii Pollehn is a print designer and illustrator living in Hamburg, Germany. After graduating with 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. Buy exclusive wall art by Danii on Nine By Nine.

An interview with Anna George Dickinson

Anna Dickinson (aka Type Delight) is a graphic designer, lettering artist, and illustrator. Her artwork is inspired by the good, the bad, the messy, and most importantly—the beautiful aspects of being a human being. Buy exclusive wall art by Anna on Nine By Nine.

An Interview with Poppy Almond

Poppy Almond is a Leeds Based Illustrator and designer who graduated from Leeds Arts University in 2017. Her work is colourful, quirky and empowering with a passion for cute illustrations and bold colour palettes. Buy exclusive wall art by Poppy on Nine By Nine.

At Home With… Nest Twenty Eight

Grab a glass of something chilled and have a read of our latest interview with interior influencer and owner of one of our favourite gallery walls on the whole of Instagram… Nest Twenty Eight, otherwise known as Lucinda Mitra!

Happy New Year!

What a year 2018 was! We launched our dream business, Nine By Nine and worked with over 90 incredibly talented artists from all over the world. We starting building the most wonderful community of followers and fellow art fanatics and we began selling our collection...

An Interview with Lettering Daily

We interviewed Lettering Daily to find out who inspires them, their favourite lettering tools and how to make a career out of letters.

An Interview with Taylor Weaver Interview

Taylor Weaver is a designer, illustrator, and letterer. She is focusing her most recent work on creating uplifting messages to young designers that are trying to find their way in the creative world. Buy exclusive wall art by Taylor on Nine By Nine.

An interview with Jen Leem-Bruggen

Jen is a illustrator based in London. Having previously worked as an artist agent for three years, last year Jen took the leap into freelance to spend her days illustrating. Buy exclusive wall art by Jen on Nine By Nine.

An Interview with Heidi Gillett

Heidi is a graphic designer in the architectural world and freelance designer the rest of the time, based between London and Oxfordshire. Buy exclusive wall art by Heidi on Nine By Nine.