Today we have an interesting chat with illustrator Lize-Marie.
Who is Lize-Marie and what do you do?
I am Lize-Marie Dreyer. If I could eat only five things for the rest of my life it would be Pringles, Woolies Rusks, Jelly Babies, Cheese and Jewish Bread (a.k.a. Matzo’s)… and I’d only drink Chocolate Steri Stumpie and Apple Bos Ice Tea. In reality, I am an illustrator/designer/ student who lives in Pretoria, South Africa.
How would you define your style or art?
Defining your own style is probably the hardest thing ever. Every day I’m learning and every year I look back at the previous years’ work and know that my style has grown and developed exponentially. Maybe ask me this question again in 5 years time and I’ll tell you something new.
At the moment I love making crazy long and weird characters with totally out of proportion long arms and legs. I love using pattern, texture and kind of strange (mustard yellow/ burnt orange) colours in my work.
What inspires your work?
Gosh, inspiration comes from so many places that it is so hard to define. I think that my inspiration mostly hits me when:
– Very rarely, there is a seriously cool new brief and I get that whole ‘attack of ideas’ feeling. I often forget these ideas the moment I think of them though, which is annoying, but I am still left feeling inspired.
– Most often, I turn to behance.net and other blogs and websites where I look at some crazy, new, old, and up-and-coming illustrators. It always helps to see how they interpret ideas, maybe teaching you to open up your mind a little more. Seeing such amazing work always leaves me incredibly inspired and determined. Even when I am feeling unmotivated, seeing such inspiring work reminds me why I love what I do so much and just always gets me back on track.
– Inspiration also often only hits when you start to fill that scary blank page with idea sketches. Once I start to see that which I have imagined become a reality I am hooked. After that there is no stopping me, I could sit for hours and days and work and work and work until a project is complete.
What are you currently working on?
I am currently studying part time, doing some fun extra work for my portfolio (which includes designing a tattoo for a client and illustrating a story with my fellow illustrator and friend Sonia Dearling – watch this space!) and freelancing.
What advice would you give young creatives looking to do what you do?
I don’t think that any person can ever give better advice to young creative’s looking to do what we do, than Ira Glass. Its long, but worth the read. Prepare to be totally educated:
“Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting; creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you got to know it’s normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s going to take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just got to fight your way through.”
Where can our readers follow your work?
They can follow me on http://www.behance.net/Lize-MarieDreyer or see
my (kind of messy) blog at http://lizemariedreyer.wordpress.com or
otherwise contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.