Again, thanks to Twitter, I discovered the lovely work of an illustrator from Leicester, Chloe Hall. I adore her work, especially that she adds embroidery on her illustrations. I thought it is very clever and bold thing to do.
Hey Chloe! Can you tell us a little about yourself?
Hello! My name is Chloe Hall, with help from De Montfort University’s Enterprise Inc scheme I have been able to do what I love and start a business as a freelance illustrator! I live in Leicester, and have recently turned my shed into a little studio to do all my drawing, making and tea drinking.
How did you become an artist?
I didn’t really have a set plan to become an artist, I studied graphic design & art at A Level, enjoyed it a lot so decided to carry it onto a foundation course, thats when I realised I really wanted to do art as a career and went onto complete a degree in Graphic Design & Illustration, which was really fun! I was then fortunate enough to get a place on the Enterprise Inc Scheme through De Montfort and I haven’t really stopped drawing since I finished uni!
How would you describe your art?
My art I would say is quite delicate, hand crafted and often humorous, I like adding textile elements into my work to give it more detail.
Who or what inspires your work?
Most of my illustrations start with observing everyday scenes, people in places or nature. I love to people watch so try and take a sketchbook everywhere, before I had a car I used to love sketching people on the bus!
What is your favourite piece you have ever produced?
My favourite piece of work I have produced is probably my embroideried illustrations of people at the seaside. It was the first time I incorporated delicate embroidery with my own patterns and line drawing and it is something I really want to pursue further.
Who is your favourite artist if you have one?
My favourite artist is Naomi Ryder, I love line work and really like how she uses her sewing machine as her pen.
What advice or tips would you share with a fellow artist?
I would say to always keep drawing, take every opportunity you get and apply for all the competitions you come across if you can! Make sure you have a plan, a short term plan as well as a long term plan too. I am constantly searching the internet to come across opportunities and always researching to see what I can get up to and be involved in next.