As I told in the blog post about the meet up with An, I spend an afternoon with animator, illustrator and film director An Vrombaut in Regents Park. Here you can read her answers to 7 questions I asked.
1. What is your favorite material to work with?
Caran D’Ache Neocolor and Neopastel crayons. I’ve used the Neocolor ones from when I was a child- I just love the colours! I often combine the two: putting Neocolor down first followed by the softer Neopastel on top, then scratching to reveal the colour underneath.
2. What do you like the most about drawing?
I spend most of my time on my computer writing, so I love it when I get a chance to work with my hands making marks on paper – and being able to listen to BBC Radio 4 while I draw which is something I can’t do while I’m writing.
3. How do you work?
When I do my pastel illustrations, I use my hands a lot to blend the colours. It can get quite messy! I also work on my Cintiq tablet, using Photoshop for my design work and Sketchbook Pro for quick sketches and storyboards.
4. Who or what is your biggest inspiration?
The book ‘Pluk van de Petteflet’ by Annie M. G. Schmidt and Fiep Westendorp. It’s quirky, funny, full of heart and totally original with an environmental message. My favourite animated feature is studio Ghibli’s ‘My Neighbour Totoro’- I love it for exactly the same reasons as ‘Pluk van de Petteflet’! I also love the work of animators Yuri Norstein and Michael Dudok De Wit.
5. What is your favorite workplace?
At home in my studio (a converted garage). I have a big pin board on my wall for inspiration and lots of shelves with books.
6. What is your favorite travel destination?
I love being in nature – especially in woodlands. But my best travel memory is of a snorkelling trip in the Red Sea. The colours of the fish and corals were absolutely breath-taking!
7. Do you have any advice for people reading this blog, what is this?
Look all around you – there’s inspiration to be found in the smallest things. And follow your passions!
Are you curious about the books and other works done by An? Check out her website: www.vrombaut.co.uk.
Photos by: Anne Neijnens