Fun and bright ! If you haven't stumbled upon Christine's artwork while googling these words, you should definitely check out your browser! Her eye-catching illustrations look great everywhere! No wonder why her artwork can be found in tons of greeting cards, bags, children clothing and more! Want to know more about Christine Gore's amazing work? Here is a little interview:
Q: Has illustration always been constant to you?
A: It hasn't. My degree was in Textiles. I was permanently covered in dye and printing inks and in my final year I specialised in embroidery. I would've laughed at my future self sat on a computer for hours on end. I was chosen from my degree show to interview for a design position at a children's bedding company. I got the job and my career in illustration developed from there. I cant imagine doing anything else now, I absolutely love my job.
Q: What do you find yourself drawing the most?
A: Owls! people love owls, it's the trend that keeps on trending. I always lean towards animals and I like to add a quirk or two like a bow tie or a pair of geek chic glasses. I'm drawing more people recently as I'm working on a few publishing projects. Drawing hands is my weakness, practice is definitely needed.
Q: What inspires you?
A: Like most creatives I'm obsessed with Pinterest and Instagram. Pinterest is fantastic for lifestyle/trend imagery. I find kids fashion is great for prints and it's so readily available.
I've always loved children's books, even before I got into publishing. I find the amount of inspiration endless. I can be reading a book to my son and spot a fab use of texture or pattern in a background. I find its often the subtle elements of an illustration which make it special.
Q: Is there any type of project that you would love to create but haven’t yet?
A: I'm lucky to have worked on many projects for various different companies. I haven't yet created my own products, I'd love to have my own little brand. I also think there's so much more to explore on social media. I committed to the Advent Challenge last year then realized I had 3 major projects on the go, 2 children and Christmas to contend with. It was great to see it finished in the end, well worth the effort.
Q: Any illustration tips you would like to share with us?
A: I'm currently transitioning from a Wacom tablet to the iPad Pro so I think it's me that needs tips. Generally though I'd just say how important it is to create your own style of illustration. I love it when illustrators draw all their characters with a similar feel. I find this difficult due to the variety of briefs I receive. I tend to use the same brushes, textures and patterns throughout my illustrations to create that connection. I can only hope I'm finding a style of my own, one people recognized.
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