What to say about illustrator Natalie Nelson...hmmm...well, she's fantastic! Her work is fun and whimsical. She’s a true mixed-media artist, often creating collages by hand; digitizing to add finishing touches. We recently asked Natalie a few questions to get to know a little more about one of our newest illustrators. Her enthusiasm for what she does really shines though in her answers. Take a look and enjoy all the wonderful work!
Q: How did you arrive at being an illustrator?
A: I began my creative career as a graphic designer, but soon realized that I was more interested in creating images than solving design problems. I began to build up a new portfolio of only illustration work over a few years, and then eventually I started emailing my work to art directors. It felt excruciating reaching out to strangers at first, but when I started to get a few paid jobs from those emails I realized it was working!
Q: Describe your dream commission?
A: I'd love to write and illustrate my own books, for children and adults. I'd also love a regular spot in a publication where I get to illustrate a column written by the same author every week, establishing the entire visual language for the series through my illustrations. Oh! Or a commission from a brand of clothing I love, like Everlane.
Q: If you weren’t illustrating for a career what would you be doing?
A: It's hard to imagine doing anything else because I'm so happy illustrating! Maybe I'd be an art therapist or a nurse (if I was any good at science).
Q: What do you find most challenging about your work?
A: When I'm on a really tight deadline, finding the right photos to use can be tricky. Coming up with the concept for the piece is always a challenge, but that is also the fun of it. If illustration wasn't challenging, I wouldn't be doing it. I feel lucky to get to work with such a wide range of clients that every assignment feels new and challenging in a completely unique way.
Q: If you had to use just one of your illustrations to represent your style which one would you use and why?
A: This is a super hard question, but I'll go with this one, because it is very representative of my dilemma every time I fly. I love to read and always pack too many books!