Skip to main content

Artist Talks// Julia de Graaf

I first came across the work of Julia when I sold my own stuff at the Flock Fair organised by Illustration students at Falmouth University.  I was drawn to how she used media in combination and how she has a real eye for colour. 

Today we met up for a coffee in Espressini and talked all things art, music and work ethic. I was also looking forward to seeing some of her sketchbooks. I am always intrigued how other artists/designers document their day to day life and sketchbooks give a good indication to working process. 

When first looking through her books it's clear that straight away she is not afraid to experiment with media. Over the christmas period last year she started posting drawings done in brush pen and in smaller sketchbooks. Seeing this partly motivated me to start working in smaller sketchbooks and doing this has taken the pressure off and just drawing to document a day rather than being precious about it. 

I relate strongly to her use of line to capture narrative. She uses it confidently to convey shape and tone within subject matter.

It's clear that Julia is passionate about what she does. We talked for ages about having confidence within your work and knowing when to take criticism and advice. I left feeling more confident in my own ability and what I am doing which was a really nice feeling to have. 

Some of my favourite work Julia has made is how she documented other creatives and how they use their studio space.  These pieces are strong because of how text and layering have been combined. 

Seeing her work has also motivated me to push on with continuing to anchor my own practice and combining mark making create narrative.

You can see more of Julia's work on Facebook//


Popular posts from this blog

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, s…

Royal Drawing School Year Show - 2018/2019 review

Being content and tolerating uncertainty

It's been well over a year since my last blog post. I've been writing still just not in a consistent space. I've got a few pieces over at On the Beat Mag and on the Pressing Matters Journal. It's funny how I'm starting off by trying to show how I have been keeping busy, as a way of defining my offline presence on this space. This is something I have always been very good at maintaining, an image of being busy and content in what I am doing. I think with this keeping busy, comes a sense of running from oneself in order to keep my head above the water. In recent weeks I have been writing a lot more than I have been making art. I have had projects on the go, but not pushing myself fully into them which I find frustrating because I'm not being fully present in the moment of what I am doing. In this I perhaps lose the essence of why I am doing it.

When you are in a state of transition there are a few ways you can process? deal? tackle? it. I am someone who has alway…