We are starting the new week feeling inspired by the illustrated map of Larissa Seilern, as it reminds us that there’s always a reason to explore the beauty of the world (and language barrier should not be an excuse to delay your next adventure). Larissa is a freelance illustrator based in Vienna and here’s what we learned from her:
How do you find inspiration?
I guess the usual – just getting out of the studio for a while and doing the opposite of work.
For example traveling is a huge source of inspiration- especially India with all its intensity.
What’s your favourite creative project up to now?
I am not so sure -sometimes I might love a finished project and then I look back on it after some time and hate it and the other way round…But I generally love doing Editorial Illustrations for Magazines!
What fascinates you most about illustration?
I guess it is the way a single image can transmit an entire story, a specific mood or atmosphere. I think that illustration allows you to convey complex, abstract and sometimes absurd topics in a way it could never be done with, for example, photography.
How do you define creativity?
Gathering images, moods, smells, emotions, situations and atmospheres, chewing it together and spitting it out again!
Tell us about the map illustration
This illustration was a commission for an interpreters office in Vienna and was a very entertaining job. It was the first time that I started to experiment with different textures that I took from somewhere else (such as the newspaper clippings). I think it is exiting to introduce a hint of collage within an illustration, as it creates a variety of depths-I should use it again sometime soon!
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