This week I caught up with the very talented London based illustrator Rose Blake, to find out more about her work. With illustration being such a competitive industry, it is all the more impressive to see someone so young, having already achieved such a lot. Rose won a D+AD Best New Blood Award in 2009, and completed her MA in Communication Art and Design at the Royal College of Art in 2011. As if that isn’t enough, Rose has built up an impressive cliental, including the likes of bbc.co.uk, asos.com, the times and google. Being the daughter of world famous artist Sir Peter Blake may leave many feeling over shadowed, but not Rose. She’s carved out a name for herself, and is currently standing strong in the world of illustration. A name I think we’ll all be hearing a lot more of. Here’s what she had to say:
Could you tell me a little bit about yourself and your work?
I am an illustrator based in London. I also run the music site www.studiomusic.fm and work with the collective This Is It.
How would you describe your creative/illustrative style?
Colourful, bright, graphic, fun.
You’ve had some fantastic achievements already in your career, where do you hope to be in 5 years time?
Oh god, I suppose I just want to be a lot busier doing a lot more diverse projects. Hopefully I will have a dog too.
The Gola campaign is called ‘Born in Britain’ Who are what in British culture today inspire you and your work?
Do you ever feel pressure following on from your father’s amazing legacy in fine art?
No, I think that’s a pressure very much created by other people. My dad is very supportive and it’s never really been an issue with me. I think other people tend to think about it a lot more than I do.
You’ve worked with ASOS in the past, and you also design and sell t-shirts on your website. Would you hope to move more into fashion in the future?
Yes, I’d really like to work a lot more with print and pattern, if there are any designers out there that want to collaborate!
What would your biggest piece of advice be for any aspiring illustrators out there?
To be honest it’s an incredibly hard and competitive industry. I would say to keep pushing your personal work, read a lot, talk to interesting people, remember to eat well and just keep going!
Finally, are there any projects you currently have on the go, that our readers can look out for in the future?
Keep checking Studio Music as every week we add two new playlists. Also I regularly update little paintings at playlist-painting.tumblr.com
With such a bright and dynamic style, I’m sure you’ll love Rose’s work just as much as I do. It’s always refreshing to speak to someone very talented, but still very down to earth and a complete pleasure to interview! I hope you guys enjoyed this. Let me know what you think in the comments below and I’ll be back soon ! Until then why not check Rose’s website for the latest news of her work, and to also buy exclusive t-shirt designs featuring some of her best illustrations. You lucky folks!