Meet The Maker: Frankie Norman

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Frankie Norman is a third year illustration student in Bournemouth. Her love for illustration is shown throughout her work. I was lucky enough to interview Frankie about her work and career plans.

Hello! Thank you so much for letting me interview you. How are you?

Hello, not a problem thanks for asking me! I'm peachy, just in my garden trying to catch the last of the summer!

Tell us a little bit about your background.

I'm currently a third year Illustration student at the Arts University Bournemouth, studying art by the sea is such a dream.

Have you always been into illustrations and design?

I was always surrounded by art and illustration growing up and encouraged to be creative by my parents-especially my dad who's an excellent painter! I used to be more of a fine artist and slave away for hours over a canvas with acrylics right up until pretentious art teachers started slating my work and telling me how 'illustrative' it was.

I adore your work. What inspired you to start doing illustrations?

It was then that I decided to take this as a compliment and move to the world of illustration and design.

What equipment do you use for your work?

Nowadays almost all of my work is digitally painted using Photoshop or Illustrator, occasionally when i'm feeling hands on I'll get my gouache paints out!

What tools or materials could you not live without?

I definitely couldn't survive without a good old mechanical pencil and a nice sketchbook.

Why has social media been an important platform for you to use?

Social media has been invaluable as a networking platform, as much as I dislike it at times it's a handy tool for self promotion. I tend to take inspiration from loads of sources rather than set individuals!

Who inspires your work?

My most recurrent source of inspo has to be vintage visual culture from 1930's-mid century modern.

Do you have any favourite pieces of design work or illustrations that you adore at the moment?

At the moment I'm really adoring the old Disney concept art-specifically Mary Blair's work. It's so Kitsch and cute!

What do we hope to see in this up and coming year for your Instagram and your work?

Well it's my final year at uni so I'm trying to really push myself as an available freelancer. I'm also working on a vintage lifestyle brand-keep your eyes peeled!

What projects are you currently working on?

Currently I'm focusing on creating some empowering pinups, I just love drawing all the curves and perfect vintage hairstyles.

Do you have any advice for anyone who would like to start drawing or creating illustrations?

The best way to start is just go for it! Draw anything and everything that pops into your head without getting embarrassed that it may not look perfect. The best work is uninhibited. Definitely to always stay true to your creative gut.

What's the best piece of creative advice you've ever been given?

If you're 100% passionate about something, then it'll shine through in your work and people are bound to notice.

You can follow this lovely lady on her Instagram page ‘’ and her website ‘’. She is always showcasing her great work and illustrations.  

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