Liz Harry Interview

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Freelance Illustrator and graphic designer from Liverpool, UK, Liz Harry has a love for rainbows and drawing type which feeds into her accessories design. With a background in the music industry creating cover art for bands its no surprise music and all things POP have an influence over her work. Joy and fun are at the core of what Liz enjoys creating, even if the topic is serious.

Tell us a fun fact about you I don't shave my armpits!

How did you get into illustration? I started drawing with my brother when we were both young, he got into football but I kept going. During my teenage years I entered loads of drawing competitions, which kinda cemented the idea of art as a career.

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Who or what inspires you the most? Though I do take a lot of inspo from popular culture and packaging aesthetically, I find what I'm surround by on the day-to-day is what feeds mostly into my work. So, as I've got 3 kids, there's the influence of cartoons and a fun, playful side. But sometimes its just the conversations I'm having or what I'm doing in that moment that spark a thought.

What does a typical day look like for you? The great thing about my work is no two days are usually the same – I can be illustrating from home one day, then building props the next. I do have a structure to the day, which is mainly to fit around my 3 kids. So in the morning I’ll respond to emails, then onto the job in hand. I usually work through lunch when I’m absorbed in what I’m doing and then have a break at 2.30-3.30 to pick up the 2 younger kids from school, which gives me a quick refresh! Sometimes if it’s a quiet day, I’ll stop there, other days I’ll carry on till 5/6 until everyone’s home for dinner. After the kids are in bed, I’ll sometimes pick up work again. Depending on the job, working of a night can be amazingly productive and there’s nights where I forget the time and stay up till the wee hours.

What do you do when you have a creative block? I think taking a break and do something different for a bit if I can is vital! Though one thing I've noticed during busy periods is just to change up tasks, so I'm still getting through my workload - so if I have a creative block I'll pack orders for a few hours and try again.

Top three clients you've worked with? Universal Music, Arctic Monkeys and Culture Liverpool.

What tools (digital or not!) do you use to create your work? Pens, tracing paper, illustrator & photoshop - all the coffee!

What's your favourite resource for inspiration? Instagram and Pinterest.

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Do you have any tips for artists thinking of doing freelance? I’m gonna expand on what my dad’s mantra was and say ‘DO WHAT YOU LOVE, WORK HARD AND BE NICE TO PEOPLE’ this is the best advice I can give - at a push I’d add ‘GET GOOD AT COPING BRILLIANTLY WITH VERY LITTLE SLEEP!’ but that’s more of a mum thing.

What would your dream project be? I'd love to design some apparel and bedding! I'd love to create some immersive spaces too, and see how my work could possibly translate in a physical space. Hmmm, there's too much fit fit in tbh... the dream is that I'm able to keep on creating without restraint, in a nutshell.

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

 
 
 
 
 


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