Catherine Pape Interview


Catherine Pape creates illustrations, artwork, and prints inspired by nature, stories, and everyday people. Living in Leeds in the UK, she finds inspiration both in the busy city and in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales nearby.

Tell us a fun fact about you Before doing illustration I worked as a free range chicken farmer.

How did you get into illustration? I always knew I wanted to be an artist of some kind. When I was looking at university degree courses I was torn between fine art and illustration. I chose illustration because I love the down to earth, practical, human, and mundane aspects of it in all its forms.


Who or what inspires you the most? Books, things I see when I'm walking around not thinking about anything, songs, history, strangers.

What does a typical day look like for you? At the moment I work from my studio in a corner of my room, so I'll plan for the day, get some music or podcasts on and work away at client work or personal work. If I get that feeling like I want to get out of the house I'll go and work in a cafe down the road.

What do you do when you have a creative block? Write some music, try and express myself through a different form of creativity.


Top three clients you've worked with? I've only recently started freelancing, so I haven't got a definite answer to this question, I haven't worked with any big clients yet!

What tools (digital or not!) do you use to create your work? Tablet and photoshop, inks, pencils, paints.

What's your favourite resource for inspiration? Anything can be inspiring! I like to approach life with the mindset that everything is interesting.


Do you have any tips for artists thinking of doing freelance? Everyone's situation is different so I can't speak to any specific advice, I would just say enjoy every day.

What would your dream project be? I would love to do some large scale outdoor murals!

How can fans keep up-to-date with your work? Instagram


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