28: Eleanor Taylor – Keep Your Mind Open and Push Your Work Forward


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About this EpisodeEleanor Taylor (Web; IG) is an illustrator and artist working out of Hastings in the U.K. Eleanor has a BA in illustration from Norwich College of Arts and an MA in communication Art and Design from the Royal College of Art. Her work is highly praised and regarded among book publishers and editorial circles and she has worked with tons of prestigious publications including Penguin, the NYT, the New Yorker, the Guardian, WSJ, NBC and many many more. Eleanor's approach to image making is influenced by her love of paper and printmaking, she works either by hand using a mixture of watercolor, gouache and colored pencils or more recently digitally using a combination of Procreate and final touch ups in Photoshop. This results in beautiful mixed media illustrations replete with thoughtful details and ingenious color combinations.In this conversation we talk about:how Eleanor developed her portfolio, style and voiceEleanor's approach to image makinghow Eleanor picks the projects she commits to and how she balances different projects during the yearEleanor's digital workflow including her favorite Procreate brusheshow Eleanor's experience with watercolors informed her digital workself promotion, what worked for Eleanor and what didn't workthe balance between control and freedom or spontaneity in the creative processthe importance of keeping engaged and open as an artistComprehensive Show Notes:Episode Show NotesSupport the ShowThank you for listening to Illustration Hour. As you might know, the show currently doesn't have any sponsors.Each episode takes a tremendous amount of time, effort and some money to produce. I do all of that work myself. So, if you want to support the show, please consider doing one (or all!) of these things:Subscribe to the show's weekly newsletter Art ClubLeave the show a review and rating on Apple PodcastsSign up for a free trial of Skillshare for 2 months of free access using this link (I earn a commission for everyone that signs up and you do not need to pay for Skillshare at the end of your trial). Skillshare is amazing and you'll be able to check out tons of great courses on illustration and design as a thank you.Share the show and the newsletter with others!Thank you for helping me continue to make the show possible.Follow the podcast:Our WebsiteTwitterInstagramNewsletter AKA Art ClubFree ResourcesFollow Julia:WebsiteInstagramBehanceSkillshare