Lois van Baarle is a digital artist and animator. Lois has been drawing her whole life. She is from the Netherlands, moved all around the world as a kid, and now lives in the Netherlands again, working as a freelance character designer and illustrator. It was a pleasure for us to take an interview with Lois van Baarle who shared some interesting facts of her biography. We wish you a pleasant reading of Lois van Baarle success story and viewing of her feminine illustrations.
First Steps in Drawing
AP: Hey Lois, thank you very much for finding the time to give us an interview and share your success story with us. We are honored to feature your illustrations on Astrum People and hope that you will enjoy answering our questions. Сould you please tell us what got you started?
Lois: I’ve been drawing my whole life, but I think what really got me started was discovering the work of Alphonse Mucha, which I found enormously inspiring. I started making illustrations with an art nouveau feel, but also with other influences I had at the time, like manga and Disney princess films. This was when I was about 16. From that point on, I was drawing in almost all of my spare time.
AP: What a wonderful start! Do you have any formal education in visual arts or were you self-taught?
Lois: I’ve studied animation for one year at KASK in Ghent (Belgium) and for four years at the Utrecht School of the Arts, but as far as drawing and digital art go, I’m self-taught – I developed the knowledge I have by drawing a lot in my free time.
AP: What genre are your illustrations?
Lois: I can’t say for sure. There are some fantasy elements, some art nouveau elements, some Disney-ish elements, as well as some more technical aspects (the painterly look and color choices). I’d say it’s very much in the ‘digital art’ genre, but I’m not sure that really is the genre. I really don’t know actually! Floaty, dreamy, colorful girl portraits genre? Whatever it is, I tend to stay within that genre a lot.
AP: How would you describe your artworks?
Lois: Very dream-like and feminine, with a mainly decorative purpose (I just want to make things that look pretty), but with a high emphasis on emotion.
Equipment and Techniques
AP: Your artworks look incredible. We love your work a lot. What kind of equipment and techniques do you use to create such magnificent illustrations?
Lois: I use a Wacom Cintiq 24HD (a very big tablet where I draw directly on the screen), with a pretty straightforward digital painting technique. I don’t use many layers or filters or those kinds of tricks. You can find videos of my process at Vimeo.
AP: What is your latest project you’ve worked on so far? What inspired you to start working on it?
Lois: That would be my first artbook. I have wanted to make an artbook for a while but only recently got a great offer from 3DTotal, an independent publisher who specializes in digital art, which really got the ball rolling. We did a Kickstarter campaign for it which went really well and the books will be shipped out coming March 2016. It was really awesome to work on and also really cool to create an overview of all of my artwork over the years. The book is called The Art of Loish: A Look Behind the Scenes.
The Formula for Success
AP: Congratulations on successful Kickstarter campaign! What is the formula for success in your activity?
Lois: I think success is created by a lot of coincidental factors that I can’t exactly take credit for. But sharing my work on the internet and particularly on social media has always worked out well for me. I’ve gotten in touch with all of my clients through the web, so basically I’ve been able to support myself as a freelancer so far by getting my work seen on the internet.
AP: Who is one person you would like to see interviewed on AstrumPeople?
Lois: I’m very curious about the story behind the work of Lucjan!
AP: Thank you, Lois. We will do our best to contact Lucjan. Is there someone who supports you in your creativity?
Lois: I get a lot of support from my friends and family, but my main source of support truly comes from my fanbase online. They provide me with a lot of encouragement and kindness!
Golden Tips for Artists
AP: Tell us three lessons you believe are crucial for every artist?
- Take good care of yourself and your body. Don’t develop unhealthy patterns that lead to repetitive stress injury or excessive stress!
- Don’t underrate your own talent or skills. Although you’ll always look up to better artists (everyone does), artists often have a lot of talent and insight that is unique and valuable.
- Enjoy what you do – make that your priority!
Lois, it has been a great honor for us to take an interview with you. Thank you so much for sharing such beautiful success story with us. We wish you many more fascinating illustrations, bright career, and, of course, much of continuous inspiration. To learn more about Lois van Baarle illustrations feel free to visit her personal website featuring feminine illustrations.
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