The talented artist behind this month’s Papergang box is French illustrator and print designer Jennifer Bouron. Her beautifully bold style and curated colour palette are prominent throughout the delicate designs decorating both her box and its contents!
We spoke with Jennifer who revealed her biggest tip for creating the perfect repeating pattern, what attracted her to her custom colour palette, and more on her career as a creative.
What did you do before you became a full-time illustrator? Why and when did you decide to make the transition?
After my fashion studies, I worked as a fashion/print designer for a kidswear company in the Netherlands. I was in charge of the girl’s collection, so I had to draw the clothes and also the prints. It was a really great experience! But after two years, I got a little bored and I realised that what I really loved was to create illustrations, and I wanted to have the possibility to work on different projects.
After realising that, I created an Instagram account and I started to post a new illustration every day. One year after, I quit my job and started the beautiful adventure of freelance!
Could you tell us a little about your influences, thoughts and ideas behind the designs for your box?
The designs for the box are inspired by what I really enjoy at the moment. So it’s filled with abstract shapes, grids, little dots and neutral backgrounds with some contrast colours.
From looking over your work, your colour palette is very consistent. What drew you to these colours?
Since I have started to work as an illustrator, I have always used a narrow colour palette. In the beginning, I used a lot of pink, red and navy, and then I started to add other colours to my palette. Now I think I have around 30, but I only use a few of them at any one time.
The combinations change with the seasons (and with my mood). Having the colour palette there makes it so much easier for me when I come to start a new illustration.
How important do you feel it is to maintain a consistent style?
It’s important to maintain a consistent style, but at the same time, it should not be an obstacle stopping you from trying new techniques or drawing a new subject. I like to draw abstract patterns and to illustrate characters. Both are very different, but the colours I use and the little details I draw are the same, so I think it’s fine. If you want to paint flowers and the next day you want to make a collage, you should do it!
What’s your typical creative process like for a new illustration? What tools and software do you use?
I recently bought an iPad which has been really great for drawing illustrations. I use it for sketching and for my personal illustrations. For commissioned projects, I work mostly on Photoshop and a little with Illustrator.
What’s been your favourite thing to illustrate at the moment?
It depends. Since I have an iPad, I enjoy illustrating little scenes with characters and, of course, some cats here and there.
What one piece of stationery do you use the most?
I still use a notebook and pen a lot, but I also have a planner.
Could you share any tips for creating the perfect pattern?
If you use Photoshop, use « snap to guides » it helps you be precise with the elements when you move from one edge to the other one. So you avoid any mistakes and you have a perfectly repeating pattern!
What body of work are you most proud of?
I lately illustrated a kids book about Agnes Varda. I’m so honoured to have the opportunity to illustrate her life and I hope it’s going to inspire a lot of kids!
And finally, could you offer any advice to aspiring illustrators?
Share your work on social networks as much as possible and always try to be as consistent as you can!
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