Hi Creatives! Today we chat with Grapgic designer, Artist and DJ Jeanne Fourie. Enjoy
Who is Jeanne Fourie and what do you do?
I am a graphic designer by day and an artist and DJ by night.
How would you define your style or art?
A bit of everything, really. Visually, my “style” is ever-changing, based on the influence that I draw from everything and anything around me. I have never limited myself to a single expressive medium, and find the pursuit of new ways to express myself to be exciting and fun. Lately I have been doing a lot of digital illustration, branding and icon design. As an art medium I enjoy building delicate and detailed worlds out of coloured paper.
What inspires your work?
Anything and everything around me can affect my creative mood, and therefore ultimately the end result within that moment of creation. For me, it’s all about the process of creation, and being open to external influences really opens up innumerable possibilities as an end result. It’s exciting! I often find that, while in the process of creation, I am thinking about whatever concept I’m working on, shaping it in my mind and solidifying it even further. I like to think of the creative process as a process of evolution – sometimes the end result is nothing like what you initially imagined, it surprises you, and you surprise yourself, yet the fact that it exists is completely reliant on the process itself, and not just the initial idea.
The coolest concept is that, should I start the same project over, the end result would never be the same.
What are you currently working on?
I am currently working through 2 online courses offered through Skillshare by an incredible illustration and design agency – DKNG. These guys are known for illustrating some of the most incredible screenprinted band and event posters, and I often find myself looking at their process videos for inspiration, wondering “How the HELL did they do that?”.The idea that they are sharing their knowledge and approach with the public is really exciting. When I found out about the courses, I immediately enrolled!
(Check them out here: http://www.dkngstudios.com/)
In terms of current projects, there are many exciting things in the pipeline, but if I told you right now, I’d have to kill you! The safest way to find out would be to follow me on though my various social media channels. I often share little sneak peeks of what I’m working on 😉
What advice would you give young creatives looking to do what you do?
Get used to the idea that you will and should never stop learning and growing. We work in a volatile industry, but don’t let that discourage you – it’s exciting! Every turn you take is an opportunity to learn something new, and to reinforce your skill and add value to yourself. Don’t be afraid to reach beyond your abilities, and don’t be afraid to make mistakes. It is your responsibility to make the best of your talent, and the only way to do that is by being fearless.
Where can our readers follow your work?
MC Hammer or Vanilla Ice (who do you prefer if you had to choose?)
MC Hammer, because where else would I get fashion and dancing tips?