10th December 2015 Tereza Litsa

Interview with Leanne Hearnden

Interview with Leanne Hearnden

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When did you start illustrating?

I don’t think there was ever a clear starting point; I’ve just always loved to draw and create things ever since I can remember. I still have a box of half-written stories that I wrote and illustrated in primary school. My favourite is a whole completed version of ‘the gingerbread man’, that my brother and I drew and wrote out, which looks tragic but at the same time is very cute. We used to have drawing competitions too for who could draw the best Pokémon.

Do you remember your first illustration?

My first professional(ish) illustration was probably when I first began volunteering for Cats Protection. It was only a few years ago, but looking back at the skill-level of my illustrations then compared to now – let’s just say I would be embarrassed to show them! That’s something that I love about illustration though: there is always room to learn, improve and develop. It never gets boring!

How do you find inspiration?

Everywhere and anywhere! I love going to new places, and I usually take pictures of anything that inspires me, whether it’s a cool concept or something as silly as the colours of leaves in a tree that I think looks pretty. I also think social media is a great source for inspiration now – particularly Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram. It’s really cool that I can access such a diverse range of work and see other people’s skills grow and develop.

Interview with Leanne Hearnden

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Do you have a personally favourite project up to now?

My favourite project so far has definitely been illustrating a mural for a creative company called WATB. I did some work experience for them over the summer, so the opportunity came about because they liked my illustrations. I spent a long time illustrating and the team was really pleased with the result because the different illustrations represent all of the aspects and clients of the company.

What was like creating an illustrated mural?

I had a lot of fun designing all of the different elements, and it was amazing to see them blown up and fit across a giant wall. I was really lucky to have that opportunity – not many people can say they’ve illustrated a mural! It’s given me a lot more confidence in my work.

Interview with Leanne Hearnden

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How do you pick your theme for your designs?

If I’m illustrating in my spare time, I usually like to illustrate cute things like cats, or something which has inspired me like a TV show I’m watching, or a place I’ve been to. Pretty much whatever I feel like drawing!

How do you define creativity?

To me, creativity is showcasing your ideas to the world. I don’t think it’s limited to just art – creativity is using your imagination to make concepts, and bring them alive. In terms of being creative through illustration, I read this quote once that I liked – “You are using the concepts in people’s minds in order to give an illusion of something believable”.

Interview with Leanne Hearnden

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

I only got an account recently because all of my friends couldn’t believe I didn’t have it already, but I would have to say Instagram. I love Twitter, but I feel like people are a lot more supportive on Instagram, and it is more acceptable to use loads of hashtags!

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

In two years I’ll just have finished University! I’m hoping to get a year in industry somewhere cool next year so I’ll see where that takes me. At the moment I am just enjoying trying out opportunities that become available to me, like this! So far I’ve been lucky enough to have a dip in design for print and web, mural design, magazine ads, illustration, branding, photography roles and now card design! I definitely see my future-self working somewhere in the illustration, graphic design, or some kind of creative field!

Interview with Leanne Hearnden

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About You

Name: Leanne Hearnden
City: London
Favourite Quote: ‘You will never influence the world by trying to be like it’
Dream destination: There are so many! Probably Japan, so I can visit the cat island and the Pokémon store.
Favourite Colour: It changes all the time. At the moment, rose gold.
3 things you’d take on a desert island: If I’m not going to be boring and say the obvious (e.g. a boat), I’d say a friend, my camera, and Nutella.
Strangest moment I’ve experienced: Stroking a tiger, maybe?
“I’d love to_____: travel the world”
Describe yourself in 3 words: Crazy cat lady
Link to promote: Site, Twitter and Instagram.

Interview with Leanne Hearnden

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