11th February 2016 Ghazzala Zubair

Interview with Charly Clements

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How did you start as an illustrator?

I have always had a passion for drawing. Ever since I could hold a pencil you would find me sketching away on anything I could get my hands on! I knew I wanted to have a creative career, but it wasn’t until I started University that I decided to specialize in Illustration. Just before moving to Berlin I took part in New Designers in London, where I showcased my final major project, ‘procrastination’. I was very lucky to get picked to do an internship at Tigerprint. While there I had the opportunity to learn new techniques and even got to design greeting cards for Marks and Spencers. That was a great experience! I have always been big on puns and word play, so it’s been amazing that I can combine my two biggest loves.

Do you remember your first illustration?

I remember my first detailed illustration when I was 8. I decided to draw all of the Beano characters on one A4 page, and my mum secretly sent it into the Beano where it got published. That is still one of my biggest claims to fame actually.

 

How do you remain consistently inspired?

One of my biggest inspirations has got to be my followers. I enjoy making people happy, and knowing my work brings a smile to people’s faces is why I love my job so much! I find inspiration from everywhere, and constantly doodle whenever ideas pop into my head. I have also just invested in a waterproof notepad that I keep in the bathroom, as I always have my best ideas whilst in the shower.

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Do you have a personally favourite project up to now?

My boyfriend and I have nearly finished a project we’ve been working on called ‘Gin & Juiced’, which specializes in naughty greeting cards and quirky prints. We have very complimenting skills, and it’s been a lot of fun working together. We will be launching very soon so I can’t give too much away!

 

Could you pick your favourite thortful card you created up to now?

It would have to be my ‘Gin to my Tonic’ card, because gin.

 

What’s your favourite social network to promote your work?

I would have to say Instagram! I find it’s a great way to get your work reached by a lot of new people daily. I also love how you can follow tags, and see when people have bought a card and tagged you in it. I still get that warm fuzzy feeling inside when someone buys one of my cards.

 

Tell us about your professional plans for the future. Where do you see yourself in 2 years?

I’ve actually just bought a one way ticket to South East Asia, so it’s very hard to say. But I am planning on freelancing on the road, and hope that the beautiful surroundings and many adventures will inspire my work in exciting new ways. Watch this space!

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Name: Charly Clements

City: Berlin

Favourite Quote: “Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life”

Dream destination: Mars

Favourite Colour: Vibrant pink and teal

3 things you’d take on a desert island: Art supplies, music and my boyfriend (It was a toss-up between him and pizza).

Most embarrassing moment you’ve experienced: Putting a euro in a man’s coffee cup thinking he was homeless, to then realize he wasn’t actually homeless, but in fact just holding a full cup of coffee. I never turned back to see his reaction.

Favourite joke: Why did the scarecrow get promoted? Because he was outstanding in his field.

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Website: www.charlyclements.com

Instagram: @charlyclementsillustration

Twitter: @charlyclements

Facebook: charlyclementsillustration