Stencil Illustrations By Harriet Harmer
Hi Harriet, how did you get into art and illustration?
From a young age I’ve always had a creative mind-set and a passion for art and design. I remember going on childhood holidays and first thing I would do is go straight to the local shop to buy a drawing pad and pens, or getting excited about going back to school because I’d buy a whole new range of pencils and pens.
My first memory of being complimented on my artwork was a time when I was in the post office doodling on an envelope, that was probably when I realised people might be interested in my work.
What have you been working on recently?
I’ve mainly been concentrating on developing a new range of designs for my t-shirt collection. Aside from my personal work I’ve been working with my clients building artwork for their specific stores.
What’s your creative process?
I don’t follow any specific creative process with my artwork. I prefer to treat each piece as it’s own and let the creativity come as it comes.
Where do you find ideas and inspiration for your work?
I’m constantly on the lookout for inspiration as I find it can come from literally anywhere and anything. Exploring new places and visiting old ones always helps me find inspiration, as well as spending time with likeminded creative people.
How has your style evolved over the years?
My style is always evolving and I find myself going back and forth from media to media. One week I might be doing lots of hand drawn work and the next I’ll be doing graphite. A major change for me was making the transition from traditional to digital media. I only began experimenting with Photoshop out of curiosity, but now it’s become an integral part of my design workflow. I believe trying new things and exploring new areas is essential to expanding your creative ability and realising your potential.
What are the key elements of a good design?
To me the most important element is to keep it simple. I also need to enjoy working on any design. I need to find myself enjoying the design process and still finding the motivation to work on it, whether it’s after coming home from a night out, or first thing in the morning. I suppose inspiration is another aspect of good design. I try to take inspiration from the latest trends and apply this to my newest ideas.
Any advice for young budding illustrators trying to get into the industry?
My advice would be simple, if you’re enjoying what you’re doing…stick with it. It may take a while to get your thing off the ground and for your work to be noticed, but see it as a challenge. If you’re enjoying what you do, you’ll create work you’re proud of, and if you keep going, one day you’ll get your break. The reward will be your dream job that you can’t wait to get up for.