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Meet: Amelia Flower

Amelia Flower is an illustrator that creates beautiful greeting cards as well as very relatable life situations. She’s not only an amazing illustrator but she also owns a blog that she started this year. Her blog posts are short and sweet and always straight to the point. If you’re like me who can’t read long articles on the computer, her blog lengths are the perfect format. Her texts mixed with her illustrations, it’s simply the perfect duo! Make sure to check out her blog and her online store!

Could you briefly introduce yourself?

My name is Amelia Flower and I’m an illustrator from the UK, currently living in Wellington, New Zealand. I am predominantly a self-employed illustrator. I publish a range of environmentally-friendly greetings cards which I sell to retailers across the world as well as in my online shop.

How did you start illustrating?

I never really started. It’s just something I have always done. As a child, I was always drawing or making things, and it’s just all I’ve ever wanted to do. I studied Animation at University, knowing that I would be an illustrator eventually. However, I wanted to learn a new skill.  I very soon realized that I don’t have the patience for Animation, and I focused my career on illustration as soon as I graduated.

What inspires you the most?

I love to draw people so my greatest inspiration is just people-watching and observing little scenarios or conversations of strangers. I am most productive when sitting in a café window making sketches of the interesting people walking past. Watching interactions and body language of strangers can be fascinating so most of my illustrations of people will start from an interesting real-life observation. When I’m struggling for ideas, I always have to go to a busy place.

How would you describe your creative process?

Quite simple, I think. First, I draw on my iPad Pro so I take it everywhere with me as I love not being tied to my desk. I just draw straight onto my iPad, usually from a café, library, or park bench – I like to study people and their characteristics as I draw. I don’t really like to sketch first, I just block out shapes in colour and then gradually build up the image from there. All drawing is done on my ipad but I use a separate notebook for ideas and lists, so I’ve created a very portable work space which works perfectly for me.

Do you have any advice for aspiring artists?

Just keep going. Never give up. I literally cannot imagine myself doing anything else but illustration, so for me, there is not alternative. If you’re passionate enough, you will get there eventually. It can be incredibly frustrating .

What are your three favorite instagrammers?

There are so many that I love, but three favourites at the moment are –
Nina Cosford, she posts lots of her sketchbooks which are great to see her process of working.
Marloes De Vries for daily comics and beautiful illustrations.
We have interviewed Marloes a few months ago. If you want to learn more about her, read our Meet: Marloes de Vries.
Man Repeller for clothes and fun images.

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