Profile: Brittany Molineux
Working in paint, penci landmark-making, Brittany Molineux’s art is all about texture. She illustrated our cover and our concertina cards this issue.
How does the natural world inspire your work?
The shapes, colours, compositions and textures you see in nature all have a strong influence on me. I’ll often illustrate a photo I’ve taken on a walk or trip and use it as a chance to experiment with new textures and brushes.
What do you do to create a calm working environment?
I try to keep my work space as tidy as possible with sketchbooks and papers neatly stacked, although this does tend to go out the window when a deadline is looming! When that happens I like to listen to music or a podcast to keep things chilled.
What podcasts are you listening to at the moment?
Too many! They are my favourite thing to have on while I work. I love listening to ‘The Debrief Podcast’, it always makes me laugh and I can’t stop recommending it to everyone! I also really enjoy Radiolab, Invisibilia and The Cycling Podcast.
What other ways do you use to unwind?
I find reading really helps after a day at the studio, it’s nice to have a break from a screen and switch off. I also love cycling and yoga, they are both great ways to escape and reset!
What’s been your favourite work project so far?
It’s difficult to pick one; I really enjoy that I’ve been asked to work on such a variety. Maps are great fun as you get to learn about a new part of the world and I always end up wanting to visit the cities I illustrate. I also loved working on this issue of Project Calm. It’s always a fun creative challenge.
Where do you have your best ideas?
It tends to be when I’m not at my desk! Quite often an idea will click when I’m on my bike, walking or making a cup of tea. I like it when there’s time to let the ideas tick over as I inevitably hear or see something relevant that inspires me.