10 Questions with... Isabelle Feliu
Québec City-born, Oslo based illustrator Isabelle Feliu creates beautiful stylish women with long bodies and tiny heads in a fashionable playful and tropical world. We love!
Hi Isabelle, great to have you here!
1. Tell us something about yourself.
Even if people don’t always notice, I am very shy! Specially about my work.
2. How did you get started as an illustrator? education etc.
I have always enjoyed drawing and I studied fashion design and merchandising, and even though I did get a few illustrations classes I don’t think it has to do with me doing what I do now. I became an illustrator gradually, after moving to Norway to be with my boyfriend two and a half years ago, after many years of not doing much drawing at all; I couldn’t find any work because of the language, and I have always known that the 9 to 5 life wasn’t really for me anyway. I had a lot of time on my own and I just started painting and sketching full time, showing my work on social media, until some people contacted me for work.
3. How would you describe your style?
Playful, feminine, colorful and simple… A bit clumsy.
4. What’s your technical/creative process?
I first sketch different elements until I am satisfied, then retrace them on watercolor paper using a light tablet, and paint with watercolor or gouache. After, I scan the illustration and edit a bit with Photoshop since the colors are often faded after scanning.
5. Who or what inspires you and your work?
So many people and things, I could talk about it for ages. I spend a lot of time on social medias (too much) and I am always on the lookout for images, new fashion brands and shows that will inspire me. I feel greatly inspired by the works of great artists like Matisse, Gauguin, Frida Kahlo and Mabel Hewit, the list goes on and on.
I think that the best thing about being in a creative field is that everything becomes a potential source of inspiration. It makes life much more interesting. Travel is one of my greatest sources of inspiration, but I think it is important to always be in observation mode even if you are somewhere you go to everyday.
6. Which brands do you work for or do you love to work for?
I love my collabs with the stationary brand Wrap and the magazine Marie-Claire France.
7. What is your favorite thing in the world to illustrate?
8. Name 3 things you can't live without?
The people I love, a cozy place to live and travelling
9. Any new creative plans for 2018? expositions? books? collaborations?
A few collaborations, but no books or exhibitions in the view! It is hard to say for now, becoming better at planning is one of my new year resolutions. I have only been working as an illustrator for two years and I would like to take the time to develop my style, try new things and explore more, even if it means to take less projects and do more personal work.
10. Any words of wisdom to aspiring artists?