Lately, with the never ending winter and the multiple glimpses of spring that always turn out to be false alarms, I have been reaching for spring like colors: pastels. More specifically light pinks. gg behind her Instagram account ohgigue has definitely been filling my needs of those pinks throughout our feeds. Her aesthetic is so pleasing to the eye and has a perfect balance between monochrome tints and beautiful pinks.
Could you briefly introduce yourself?
My name is gg – I live in Canada and I make drawings and comics. My newest book, I’m Not Here, just came out in the Fall from Koyama Press!
How did you start illustrating?
I’ve been drawing my whole life, ever since I could hold a pencil. If you put a piece of paper in front of me when I was a child, I would scribble on it for hours. It was always just something I did that I didn’t question or think about very much. It wasn’t until a few years ago that I realized that drawing was something I needed to do as a profession as well. I spent many years looking for some direction in all the wrong places when what I really wanted had been with me the whole time.
What inspires you the most?
I try to be inspired by everything around me. A lot of what I do as a storyteller requires me to notice things from all different angles and to find some understanding of all the different ways we exist and live in this world. I like to pay attention to little details, whether it’s the combination of colours and patterns in someone’s outfit or an inflection in a voice or just the feeling of light at a certain time of day. These little things accumulate into all sorts of stories in my head.
How would you describe your creative process?
In addition to the last answer, I try to focus on a strong emotion that I’m feeling and follow where that leads me. My process tends to be very intuitive even though the results look relatively tidy. I do a lot of pre-visualizing in my mind before I put anything down on paper. Sometimes I’ll listen to music or look at old photos. I hardly ever do sketches – I just try to build a clear picture in my mind of with what I’m trying to capture and continue to work through that as I translate it into a drawing. Then it’s just a lot of trial and error, drawing and erasing, until what I see somewhat matches what I feel.
Do you have any advice for aspiring artists?
The most important thing I didn’t learn until later in life is: Be kind to yourself. This means giving yourself full permission to pursue what you love and allowing yourself to indulge in wanting to succeed in that – but ALSO! – it means don’t be so hard on yourself when you face obstacles and the inevitable failures. You can’t take yourself and your goals so seriously and let every setback be a knife in the heart. That will burn you out and what you love will turn into a thing of disappointment. So it’s important to show yourself kindness if you want to keep going. I have to remind myself of this every day!
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