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Artist Talks: Phoebe Atkey

Phoebe Atkey is a talented artist whose work I first saw on Instagram. Her commitment and enthusiasm for the arts is very inspiring. Her detailed drawings and attention to detail is what makes her stand out. Phoebe currently has over 25,000 followers in Instagram where she often uploads work. I interviewed Phoebe to gain more of an insight to her interests and how she creates such beautiful works using a variety of media.

How often do you draw? 
I try to draw everyday, even if it is just 15 minutes.
What artists influence you? 
I have always been interested in children’s book illustrations especially those of Quentin Blake and Ernest Shepherd. These two artists inspired me to draw from a very young age. As I have got older, I have also become interested in the works of Saul Bass, Herbert Leupin and Paul Rand.

Do you see yourself going to Art School? 
I would like to try getting into the industry without going to uni. However, I am lucky to live near an extremely good arts university, so I am hoping to take some short courses there to develop and improve my skills as well as learning new ones. 
What's your favourite medium to draw with?
Black fine liner pen. Recently I have enjoyed combining this with coloured pencils.

How do you find is the best way to share your work online?
The best way for me has been Instagram. When I first started posting my art about a year and a half ago, I had no idea that I would get the amount of followers I have now. It has really motivated me to keep going with it.
What has been your favourite commission?
My favourite commission so far is probably a piece that I did for a hotel in Shaftesbury. It was great to see my drawing on the cover of their brochure.

You can keep up to date with Phoebe's work on her Instagram and Facebook page. I want to say thank you to Phoebe for letting me interview using these images.


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