‘5 Questions With’ is a segment where I introduce you to some of brilliant individuals that not only inspire me with the beautiful images they share on Instagram, but also with their incredible passion for what they do: it will be a great opportunity to learn more about them and also to - hopefully - inspire you as well.
Today I’m asking 5 questions to Eline, aka StudioMaddy, a fellow graphic designer and all-round creative.
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Hi, my name is Eline and I'm a graphic designer. I live in the wonderful city of Gent, Belgium. I live together with my boyfriend and our three cats, Pixel, Schrödinger and Loki. I've always been a creative person, but it took me a long time to figure out I maybe could make a living of my creativity. I was halfway through my master's in communication when I realised this wasn't what I wanted to do with my life. So after finishing my master I started a bachelor in graphic design. Flash forward three year's later and now I'm trying to figure out where I fit in the design industry. I know I still need to learn so much, but I'm already dreaming of a freelance career. A short while ago I gave my future business a name: Studio Maddy (it's named after my grandma, the strongest woman I know). I already set up a website and started an Etsy shop, because I'm really impatient, but also very scared to go the route of full-time independent business owner. We'll see what the future brings though. I'm currently looking for a full time job as a graphic designer, but if things don't work out, I'll still have my own projects I'll work on for Studio Maddy.
On your IG you share lots of photos of your illustrations and lettering. When/How did you first get into it?
I always liked drawing letters, but never realised it was a thing. I'm slow with these kind of realisations. 😛 But I started doing it more often and I really enjoy it. It's definitely something I want to get better at. As for illustration, I've always drawn, even as a kid you could find me somewhere in a corner with a couple of pencils and some paper. Creativity was never considered a valid career choice so I never took drawing serious. Plus, I'm a lazy person. I always was good at drawing, so I never put effort in it. Something I now regret, because I don't consider myself a good artist at all.
© IG: StudioMaddy
What’s the best thing/What do you love the most about being an illustrator?
I don't see myself as an illustrator to be honest. I'm a graphic designer foremost, but illustration is something I really want to get into. I just don't think I'm there yet. I'm following a course in Illustration and Comics, so hopefully this will give me the push to believe in and hone my abilities. I do think being an independent designer and being an illustrator holds the same kind of magic for me: being able to create the things I want to create (and hopefully find people who love my creations, so I don't have to be a happy, but hungry, creative).
Do you have any advice for people wanting to get into illustration/lettering?
I probably have the most boring advice ever, but practise! It took me a long time to realise this. As a teen I always thought good artists were just good because of their talents but also because of their tools. So I wanted a magical shortcut to the place where I would feel satisfied with what I made. Of course, using tools you feel comfortable with, wether it's €0,50 pencil or a €50 paint, is also important. Don't let anyone tell you you can't make awesome work with cheap supplies and don't believe that the expensive paint is going to change your life. Only hard work & practise will do this.
Any IG account you’re most inspired by?
I love following artists, illustrators and designers on Instagram! It's super inspiring to see how they put their work together. I'm obviously a highly visual person and scrolling through all those pretty images makes me want to create my own. A couple of my favourites are Lauren Hom (I love her lettering and her positive vibe. I'm currently following her Passion to Paid course and I'm learning so much), Frannerd (because she is such a generous and honest person, she shares so much about being an illustrator and working for yourself), Audra Auclair, Fury Little Peach, Mab Graves, Andsmilestudio and fellow Belgian Chrostin.
A big thank you to Eline for taking the time to answer my questions and for sharing with us her tips and tricks ♥
Wheter you're looking for inspiration or just like to have eye candy showing up in your IG feed, make sure to check her Instagram account for more gorgeous photos of her lettering and creations.