Meet The Maker: Stephanie Ellis
Stephanie Ellis has always been into art and design. Her illustrations are unique and inspired by nature. I was lucky enough to have a little interview with her about her career plans and what she is currently working on.
Hello Stephanie! Thank you so much for letting me interview you. How are you?
I'm very good thank you! Thank you for interviewing me!
Tell us a little bit about your background.
I'm 23, from Cardiff, Wales. I am currently living in Whistler, Canada. I have a BA in Graphic Communication, I graduated from the University of South Wales in July 2015.
I adore your work. What inspired you to start doing illustrations and design?
Thank you so much! My mum is one of my main inspirations. She has always taken me to Art Galleries and Museums, which is where my curiosity peaked. I used to take sketchbooks with me and draw throughout every trip. Made each museum take a lot longer than it should have!
Have you always been into illustrations, design and art?
I have been inspired by art since I was a young child and have always been very creative. As soon as I hit GCSE level, I knew art was my passion and that it was what I wanted to pursue. It took me a while to get to design as I worked through a lot of different mediums before I got to it.
How has your creative process changed since the start?
My creative process has changed dramatically. When I first started creating, I mainly read through lots of books, spent hours in galleries, museums and libraries, copying other artists to work out how their processes work. I started with a lot of paint based styles before turning to my computer and graphic design itself.
What equipment do you use for your work?
I do the majority of my work on my MacBook Pro, but still use pen and paper for initial sketches and drawings.
Why has social media been an important platform for you to use?
Social media has become such an important platform for every person that it would be very silly not to use it to boost my work. It's an extremely simple way to get people to see my work.
Who inspires your work?
I have so many inspirations! I get a lot of inspiration from artists in galleries such as the V&A and the Tate. Graphic Design wise, I am a little bit obsessed with Richard Perez, Lauren Ho, Saul Bass and Alan Fletcher.
Do you have any favourite pieces of artwork, design or illustrations that you adore at the moment?
I have too many to even list! Being on Instagram and Behance means I get early access to a lot of artists new pieces, which I absolutely love!
What do we hope to see in this up and coming year for your Instagram?
On that front, I'm not entirely sure! My only plan is to create as much as possible! A lot of my inspiration right now comes from the mountains in Whistler so there will probably be a lot of mountain style pieces!
What are you currently working on?
I'm currently working on a series of prints. I'm hoping to build up enough pieces and have a website up and running in the near future.
What inspires you on a day-to-day basis?
Everything! Living in Canada means there's an abundance of wildlife and landscapes to take ideas from.
Do you have any advice for anyone who would like to set up their own Instagram?
Setting up an Instagram account is fairly easy, it's just knowing what it post is the hard part. You just need to make sure you aren't posting anything unprofessional!
Do you have any advice for designers and illustrators?
Just be yourself. Your personality comes through in your work, keeping yourself strong is so important!
What's the best piece of creative advice you've ever been given?
Learn from your mistakes. Things going wrong doesn't always mean you have to give up!
If you would like to see her work, please give this lovely lady a follow on Behance 'https://www.behance.net/stephanieellis'. She is always posting wonderful graphics and illustrations.