Holly Wilson

Meet Holly Wilson.

When not illustrating, Holly is also a keen runner: ‘I’m taking part in the Great South Run and a few other half marathons this year,’ she says.

This aside, she enjoys ‘tea, chocolate buttons, the colour green, purple, red hair, bad horror films, buttons, antlers, cupcakes, butterflies, owls, fairy tales…’ It’s a pleasingly long list. She dislikes seagulls (understandable), pizza (!) and ice cream (!!!).

Tell us a bit about yourself…

I’m a freelance illustrator based in Worcestershire. I studied Illustration at the University of Worcester and graduated with a 2.1.

I specialise in children’s book illustration, I am particularly interested in characters and creating worlds for my characters to live in. I hand draw my images, then using handmade textures I add colour digitally.

I find that working this way gives my work a unique organic effect. I like experimenting with pattern, decoration and colour, adding these to images that wouldn’t normally have it.

What are your inspirations?

I am influenced by a lot of different forms of visual art ranging from animation and film to other illustrators and fine artists. The paintings of Salvador Dali have been a huge influence on my work. Tim Burton, John Tenniel, Toulous Lautrec and Paula Rego are also influences on my work.

I am inspired by nature, I am fascinated by the detail and pattern that you can find in natural objects, I love how everything is unique and not one thing is ever the same. I create my characters by combining different elements of the natural world. Fairy tales,fantasy and literature also inspire the look of much of my illustrations.

What is your favourite piece of work you have produced?

My favourite piece would have to be my owls, just because I really enjoyed producing them and people always seem to like them! I’m also proud of the work I produced on Alice in Wonderland.

I’m not just inspired by artists – I find film music and literature a big inspiration on my work. I also have some very talented friends who produce amazing work they inspire me a lot.

Who is your favourite ‘creative’ in your chosen field?

See more of Holly’s work here and here, and follow her on Twitter: @hollywils.

All images © Holly Wilson. To view the images in clearer detail, click on them.

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