10 Questions with Roxy van Bemmel
We are in love with the expressive fashion paintings by new Dutch talent Roxy van Bemmel. She would love to work for fashion brands as Gucci and Jaquemus and for SHOWstudio… Well, here is a kickoff on the I love illustration community.
1. Hi Roxy, great to have you here! Tell us something about yourself.
I’m from Utrecht, the Netherlands where I currently live and work in a small appartment with loads of plants around me. I’m a fashion illustrator who loves colours and using all sorts of materials to create images.
Painting is the one thing that relaxes me completely – I sort of zone out – and makes me forget about time.
2. How did you get started as an illustrator?
Since I was a kid I was always drawing, mainly drawing Pokémo actually, ha! When I got a little bit older I started being interested in fashion as well which led me to my fashion design studies at ArtEZ Academy of the Arts. Fashion Illustration was just a small part of the studies, but it was great to learn how to construct and design garments. This made me actually understand what I draw now a lot better, as I can understand the insides and construction. I loved creating a collection in my graduation year, but after I graduated I felt much more relaxed with creating 2D illustrations and finishing them in maybe a day or two than by spending weeks on one garment or months on a collection.
3. How would you describe your style? What’s your technical process?
Most of the time I brainstorm in my sketchbook and make small 15sec sketches to figure out the composition and pose. Sometimes I only sketch one, sometimes I need more, but they always help me figure it out before starting on a big blank paper. I start by drawing with coloured pencils and sometimes markers for the big gestures and sketch, then I will move onto acrylic paint if it’s needed. I sometimes work digitally as well, but I always start with a drawing on paper which I will then transfer into photoshop.
I’d describe my style as colourful, expressive and playing with proportions.
4. What do you love most about your job?
Freelancing makes me schedule my own time and this is absolutely what makes it worth all the extra work and uncertainties. Being my own boss and deciding for myself what to do that day is incredibly rewarding. All the work I put in is coming back to me at some point, if I get lazy it doesn’t. I love that on a sunny day I can decide to go outside and meet a friend and just continue working in the evening. At least for me this makes me much more aware of the time I actually have instead of working a 9-5 job every day.
5. Who or what inspires you and your work?
I get inspired by lots of things, other artists work, people on the street. I live in the city so whenever I feel uninspired I just go outside and go people watching. Everyone can become a drawing and I never really run out of ideas.
6. Which brands do you work for?
I’ve been doing a lot of small different projects, illustrations for fashion magazines, designing a pattern for accessories, posters and live illustration. I started doing this fulltime about half a year ago so I’m still figuring out what I like doing best. I’d love to take on a larger project though, something that I can focus on for a longer time.
7. What is your favorite thing in the world to illustrate?
People, absolutely. I love doing portraits and I never tire of drawing a face. Also, colour! They make my images come alive.
8. What’s your dream project?
Working on a large scale project making multiple paintings for a large fashion brand would be amazing. For example I love brands such as Gucci and Jacquemus who are working with fashion illustrators to create their campaigns. Something like that would be a dream project. Also working with SHOWstudio would be amazing, I love the curation of artists that they work with. I’d also like to organize an exhibition of my work this year, create and tell a story with a collection of paintings.
9. What 3 things you can’t live without?
Putting my mind to paper, I literally go crazy if I don’t. The city. Plants.
10. Any words of wisdom to aspiring artists?
First of all, take care of yourself. Eat healthy food, exercise, draw and figure out what makes you want to come out of bed every day.
Be nice to yourself if some days it doesn’t work out, and all your drawings are bad. Trust in your talents.
Signed print from Alexander McQueen
Roxy is giving away 1 signed A4 print to the I love illustration community.
Illustration 'Alexander McQueen' A4 print, sizes can vary a little bit due to cutting by hand.
Printed on high quality semi-glossy 300g/m² paper.
All prints are signed and numbered.
FREE SHIPPING to The Netherlands.