We have been working with three emerging illustrators and designers to bring to life our broad range of Culture+ Resources. This week we talk to illustrator Bridie Cheeseman who graduated from Falmouth in 2014 and now resides in Bournemouth.
What has been your favourite project so far? And why?
It is always tricky picking a favourite as everything I’ve worked on has been so varied, but as a general rule I love projects that involve narratives. I use them as a subtle basis to my work and get excited by the process of creating new worlds and characters that didn’t exist before. I enjoy drawing funny interactions between my characters and hiding multiple scenarios for viewers to find.
Recently I’ve worked on a couple of briefs that have had a historical basis which I found inspiring. If I’m not including a story somewhere in a project, I get a weird feeling that I’ve cheated or haven’t yet finished.
Favourite colour or stationery?
I love bright colours, and often think about and collect colours in sets for future illustration palettes. My favourite colour is green – like a bright emerald. I spent a long time deciding which colour to paint my bike but settled on green. I remember my housemates at uni commenting on how my paint water was always green, so I suppose I might use it a lot in my work too!
Do you have a favourite illustrator or designer that inspires you?
This is ever-changing thanks to Instagram, but lately I’m really into the work of Anna Haifisch, known as The Artist on Instagram. I’m in awe of her characters and the subtle humour she uses, and find her pictures thrilling.
What advice would you give emerging illustrators and artists today?
For people just starting a freelance career, I think one of the best things you can do is to get in touch with the people you want to work with directly.
Most of my early jobs came from emailing different art directors, to introduce myself and my work, so it definitely works. I’ve even had replies to emails I’ve sent come months, or even a year later!
As an extension to this, something I think that’s been very helpful for me is to meet potential or existing clients face to face. It’s really important to make connections in person as you are much more likely to be remembered than via email.
What’s next for Bridie Cheeseman?
I am actually running some workshops at The Factory Shop in Boscombe this December! I will show you to how make your own Christmas bauble, linocut Christmas card and even your own wrapping paper designs. Contact The Factory Shop for more information or follow them on Instagram for the latest updates and booking.
And longer term, when I was little I had a brief and intense obsession with Ireland. This was only because I was told my name was Irish in origin, so perhaps I will visit Ireland soon and finally live out my dreams!
To find out more about Bridie and see more of her illustrations visit her website here