Jen Leem-Bruggen Interview
Jen is a illustrator based in London. Having previously worked as an artist agent for 3 years, last year Jen took the leap into freelance to spend her days illustrating. With a background in traditional printmaking, Jen’s print-influenced pieces and charming textured approach combine the use of analogue and digital techniques to create eye catching imagery.
Tell us a fun fact about you Whilst on work experience at a pet shop, Sir David Attenborough came in and wanted to buy some exotic birds, yet at the time I had no clue who he was! Definitely a missed opportunity!
How did you get into illustration? Since I was a child I’ve always been drawing and making things. Then at university I started off doing a graphic design degree but two weeks in realised I had made a big mistake so asked if I could be transferred to the Illustration course. From there I have not looked back.
Who or what inspires you the most? A lot of things inspire me, I love nature, animals, interiors and anything that has a vintage or mid-century past.
What does a typical day look like for you? I work from my home studio so my morning routine is very basic. I usually start work around 9:30 by replying to emails and sorting out what projects need to get done. Then I focus on the artwork either that be working on something digitally or sketching some ideas. I try to finish work at a normal time around 6ish, yet being freelance this can sometimes run away with itself and I end up finishing at 11pm. But I am getting better at time management!
What do you do when you have a creative block? Go for a walk. When I am stuck in a real creative rut going to an exhibition or meeting up with friends usually helps clear my mind.
Top three clients you've worked with? Apple, where I was asked to take a live art session at their store on Regents Street, Breathe Magazine and Electric Cinema.
What tools (digital or not!) do you use to create your work? All the textures in my work are created by hand using materials such as spray paints, pencils and crayons. I scan these in and use them to build up the artwork. But I render the final artwork digitally on photoshop using an iPad and Apple Pencil.
What's your favourite resource for inspiration? I love pinterest. I also hoard a lot of books and magazines so these are great resources of inspiration.
Do you have any tips for artists thinking of doing freelance? Work really hard, be patient and good things will come!
What would your dream project be? My dream project would be anything that involves me being able to draw travel imagery or landscapes.
How can fans keep up-to-date with your work? Instagram
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