Designer Focus : Hesper
This Christmas we are so excited to collaborate with local illustrator Hesper Doodle, the creative behind our Christmas Windows, Limited Edition Christmas packaging and the exclusive Tea and Kate 'Window Shopping' print. We sit down to chat with Hesper about her inspirations, creative process and more...
1. What do you normally find yourself drawing in your illustrations? And where do you find your inspiration for your illustrations?
My drawings always tend to be quite personal to me. Often things around me or people that I love. Usually adding little ideas along the way that mean something in that moment.
2.what is your creative process like? How much time do you spend on an idea and does that take a few sketches?
I like to have a pretty clear idea of what I want to draw before i start. Though I love seeing it evolve too. I am no good at just sitting down with a blank piece of paper. I will then do one or two pencil sketches before finishing with a fine line, though this usually takes a few attempts until i am happy.
3.What is your work space like and does it help you be creative?
My desk is one of favourite places at home. It's a mess of pretty stationary and paper. There are piles of on going projects, usually crochet and embroidery, along with books, magazines and loved cards from friends and family. All of which I love to work amongst.
4.what materials do you work with and do you have any favourites?
When drawing I need a layout pad, a very sharp, not too soft, pencil, a brand new fine line pen and a good rubber, usually something like a white plastic staedtler, no smudging.
5. Do you have any tips for staying inspired?
I am often on instagram and even more on pinterest and I see so much I love. Things I want to try and make and do but sometimes that all seems like a bit of a waste of time, as I am definitely most inspired when I am actually drawing, and not just looking.
5. What sparked the idea for your Tea and Kate print? Does your interior and home influence your work and if so how?
I had already been working on turning a few of my instagram photos into drawings. This particular one of the window and sill at my desk, went so well with the brief. I could easily choose some of my favourite items from tea and kate and add them to my favourite window.