London illustrator, Rose Blake, has created our Stellaween creatures this season. Find out more about her and her work:
1. When and what made you want to become an illustrator?
Probably when I was about 18, around the end of my foundation course. I always knew I wanted to do something creative, but not necessarily illustration. I just seemed to solve all the set projects in an illustrative way, and it naturally fell into place.
2. How did you get there?
I studied art at school, and then at A level. I did a foundation course at Kingston, and then a degree in Illustration. I then did an MA at the RCA. Plus lots and lots of drawing!
3. What process do you go through to create a character?
For the Stellaween characters, I tried to draw traditional Halloween-y characters- but with a bit of a twist. For instance, when I saw the Stellaween socks, I thought that they would look great flying in the sky as a bat. And it was fun turning the glove into a weird four-legged snake! I tried to make these characters are a bit spooky- but friendly too.
4. How do you know when it’s finished?
I normally fiddle around quite a bit before I know an illustration is finished. For instance I’ll move something slightly to the left, then back, then to the left again, then back. But usually I’ll leave it for a bit, and when I come back to it with fresh eyes I’ll know whether its finished or not.
5. Describe the different Stellaween characters?
For Stellaween I’ve drawn a baby eyeball, a ghost, a gloopy green slug, a friendly wolf, a shy pink monster, some tight bats, some glove snakes and some other tiny pumpkin, slug and eyeball characters.
6. Which Stellaween piece would you choose as part of your costume?
I love the bat socks and owl tights!
Make a monster with Rose here