One thing I’ve been loving about these Discover the Creator series is how each creator we’ve interviewed has a different style. They are all amazing in their own creations. Isabelle’s illustrations from Belliesartboutique are no different. Her illustrations remind me of dreams. The animals, nature, dreamy landscapes. The kinds of dreams you are sad to have woken up from.
Stumbling upon her feed made us insta-follow. You definitely want her on your feed for that mini pick-me-up during your day. She even has a web boutique so if you would love her illustrations in your home, you can! Just head to her web shop right after this interview.
Could you briefly introduce yourself?
Hello! I am Isabelle, 24 years old. I am a Belgian illustrator who lives in Germany since 6 months now.
How did you start illustrating?
Art is something that I have been passionate about since I was little. I was always doodling, painting or just creating little drawings on my notebooks at school. During holidays with my parents, I always took a little notebook and made drawings of what we did each day. I experienced a lot of materials and techniques during my childhood. I always wanted to work in the creative field. I painted more and more when friends and people I did not know started to ask for paintings. Watercolor paintings are my favorite. I feel like this medium suits me the most. I started to find a style and improving my watercolor technique. I then began to show my work on social media and got more and more freelance assignments. Now I make stationery, art prints, homeware and logos.
What inspires you the most?
My inspiration comes from many things, sometimes from unexpected moments but also from traveling and nature. My last trip for example was to Marrakech and I just love all the colors and the markets there. I am always looking out for new inspiration wherever I go.
How would you describe your creative process?
Before sketching, I collect photos, inspirational images which I saved during research. I sketch something in pencil, in very soft lines. When I am happy with it, I start with watercolors or
colorpencil. I always have something going on in the background. Some music, a movie… When I finished the original work, I scan the image and edit it digital.
Do you have any advice for aspiring artists?
Do what you love and try to find a style. Try to create a line in your work so other people recognize your art. Work hard and be a very communicative. When someone asks you for an assignment, they trust you and you have to show that you can deliver what they ask for. Also don´t feel forced to paint or draw. When you don´t feel like creating something, go out for a walk, go see some friends or just cuddle with your cat or boyfriend. You can’t be 24 hours creative and sometimes you will feel blocked.
What are your three favorite instagrammers?
Boccaccinimeadows: Perfect details and colors
Marloes De Vries: Her relatable work is just so so cute and Marloes is very good in telling stories with her illustrations.
We have interviewed Marloes a few months ago. If you want to learn more about her, read our Meet: Marloes de Vries.
coucou_illustration: I really love the playful animal drawings and color tones she uses.
If you’ve loved this interview, make sure to check out the other artists in our Discover the Creators series. Also, comment down below who you would love for us to interview!