Artist Interview: Gill Chantler – Illustrator

Gill Chantler IllustrationToday, we’d like to introduce you to illustrator, Gill Chantler.

Tell us about yourself, who are you, where are you from, and what do you do?
I work as an Illustrator, in my work I participate on all sorts briefs helping to make projects look exciting and fresh. I was born in Scotland were I was never short of inspiration for things to draw! Some of my earliest memories were of being fascinated by shapes and patterns, sketching for hours at my folks place.

Gill Chantler IllustrationHow did you get started doing what you do?
Ever since I was small I was constantly drawing and creating things. When I got a bit older I decided to focus in on this passion and go to art college. Briefs come in from all sorts of angles so I started off being very open to new collaborations and projects. Collaborating with friends in similar fields is also a good idea.

What’s your inspiration?
I try to gather in new inspiration every month, from my own observations in sketchbooks, other designers, all sorts. Though I always return to Scandinavian Designers such Marrimekko, a textile company, for their refreshing patterns and bright blocks of colour. I’m also a great fan of the master, Matisse for his super colourful paper cuts.

Gill Chantler IllustrationWhat does your typical day look like?
I like to draw in sketchbooks initially, allowing any ideas to come out through trial and error in inks, pens and pencils. I then scan all this in and try to work out a strong composition keeping in mind the wishes from the client.

How do you keep motivated?
Looking at folk who manage to keep down full time jobs and have amazing creative projects on the side. This greatly motivates me that there is always time to put your energy into some good projects!

Gill Chantler IllustrationWhat do you hope to accomplish with your work?
I hope to make exciting work, full of colour and shapes that perhaps makes people laugh or that they hopefully haven’t seen before.

What’s the best advice you’ve been given?
This came from my tutor, Jonathon Gibbs amazing illustrator and wood engraver from Edinburgh College of Art, Make work that excites you, if it doesn’t stop! The viewer won’t be excited by it either(!)

Gill Chantler IllustrationAny words of wisdom to aspiring artists who want to pursue a similar career?
Not my words, but the words of the fantastic multi-ranging artist and illustrator Beci Orpin ‘Put your hand up, talk to people and work your arse off! People might recognize your potential but you are responsible for putting it in front of them first.’

Have any future aspirations that you’d like to share?
I’m open to working on new and interesting projects- so what ever is put in front of me I’m keen to tackle! I’d love to collaborate with a home-ware company and do some ceramic/ textile designs so watch this space or say hello on @gillchantler

Gill Chantler IllustrationWhat’s your dream project?
I was recently asked to put in a proposal for the V&A. This was to create a number of posters for the Friday Night Late events they have on. I drew the V&A at night, covered in flamingos and silhouettes of lions having a party. Unfortunately the work wasn’t picked but it was lovely to have been asked to contribute something and to create an original image.

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