Next up in our series of illustrator profiles is Gemma Walker.
What first got you interested in illustration as a career?
I was getting towards the end of my A levels and like most teenagers I was struggling to decide what to do next. My tutors were a massive help to me and they were in fact the ones that introduced me to the idea of illustration. It was from there that I looked further into it and took it for my degree at university. I loved that there was such a diverse approach to the subject and I could put myself onto paper in a creative way.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
The people around me are my biggest inspiration. Whether I know them or not. I’m always listening and observing as I go. I actually have a huge list of things I’ve heard people say throughout my day to day life. Mostly things I find funny.
Tell us about your process and the tools you use:
My go to media is definitely ink and a small tip paint brush. There’s so much I can do with these materials. I put brush to paper as I much prefer this over digital work. I will however, scan and edit my work on photoshop to develop colour schemes and compositions.!
Describe your illustration style in 3 words.
Fun, expressive, charismatic.
What would be your dream commission, and who would it be for?
I don’t know if this counts but I would love compile a book of all the weird and wonderful things I’ve heard from the list I’ve made in a fun, entertaining book. It’d be amazing for myself, to see something like that in a shop one day.
What advice would you give to other illustrators and artists?
If you’re proud of what you’ve done then share it with people. Social media where everyone is so use it to your advantage.
What’s next for you?
For now I’m going to carry on doing what I’m doing and enjoying it.