With photography taking centre stage in so many industries, is illustration a forgotten art?
Judging by the wonderful and whimsical drawings by Charlotte Trounce, the answer is a resounding NO! Based in London, Charlotte works freelance on a range of fabulous commissioned projects in publishing, advertising, packaging and fashion. Recent clients include Mulberry, Elle Collections magazine, The New York Times and The Economist. Unsurprisingly, her inspirations similarly run the gamut:
“I find inspiration in so many places. Some of these are 1940's designs and illustrations (especially Swedish graphic designer Olle Eksell), old photography, anything Bauhaus, strange objects, ceramics, food, fashion and textiles,” says Charlotte herself.
Hang on, is that crayon Charlotte is working with?
It could be! While she mainly works with acrylic paint, she likes to bring new textures into her work with pencil, and yes, crayons. It makes sense for someone who has literally been drawing all her life. When it came to time for career choices, art school was the natural choice, but only the first step:
“I completed an Art Foundation year and my degree (BA Hons Illustration) at University College Falmouth in Cornwall, UK. But I think it only struck me that it could be something I could do professionally during a final year trip to New York, where I had some really positive feedback from some great agencies and art directors.”