Tess Shearer Interview
House of Wonderland began from humble beginnings, from a small flat Edinburgh where Tess Shearer was just looking for a new hobby. However, it quickly grew and grew, expanding in a proper business that can now support Tess and her family. House of Wonderland strives to try and spread positive messages everywhere with their artwork, from supporting the feminist movement to making sure everyone acknowledges our feline overlords. Their goal is to make everyone’s day a little bit brighter.
Tell us a fun fact about you I can speak cat.
How did you get into illustration? I gradually moved into illustration from my love of fashion.
Who or what inspires you the most? Karl Lagerfeld has inspired me most throughout my life. Also, my cat. Meow.
What does a typical day look like for you? As I'm often in bed due to illnesses, I tend to spend most of my days drawing whatever pops into my head, speaking with clients or managing the boring day to day business stuff.
What do you do when you have a creative block? I browse Pinterest or fashion magazines to try and get the creativity flowing again.
Top three clients you've worked with? Pusheen, ninebynine (obviously!) and Spoonflower.
What tools (digital or not!) do you use to create your work? I primarily use ProCreate & Photoshop for all of my designs.
What's your favourite resource for inspiration? Pinterest is a good source of inspiration as it's an endless scroll and I always seem to never see the same thing twice.
Do you have any tips for artists thinking of doing freelance? Be prepared to do more drafts than you think you need to do. Customer's tend to be very indecisive, and not really know what they've after. Many of them love their idea when it's in their head, but change their mind once they see it drawn out.
What would your dream project be? I would absolutely love to work the the V&A Museum. I don't care what it would be on, just to work with them would be a life dream.
How can fans keep up-to-date with your work? Instagram
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