August 13, 2020
- What is your name / organization / title?
- What motivated you to become a maker?
Since l was a kid l’ve been compelled to create drawings and stories, so it was never really a decision or l never needed much motivation for the most part.
- Looking back on the early stages of your journey, what advice would you give yourself now?
To be more patient with myself and remember that this indeed is a journey, not a destination. Also, that every creator has their own unique voice and perspective and are all worthy of being heard.
- What is your favorite thing you’ve ever made? Why?
Hm, that is a tough one! Personally it’s hard to say since l have been drawing for awhile now, but professionally it would be my first picture book. It was always a dream of mine to be a published story book illustrator and a project like that involves juggling a lot of spinning plates which I am proud of achieving.
- What’s the next evolution for you (or your industry) going to look like?
Illustration and the art world is constantly moving and evolving but l would like to think that we will see and hear more people’s stories being told and shown from a diverse background, which we are already beginning to see. I think we may see more independent artists flourish and thrive without the usually route of success too.
- Who would you partner with (living or dead) for your dream collaboration? And what would you work on together?
Gosh that’s a hard one! There are so many artists and creators out there I admire, but I would love to hang out with Chuck Jones for a day. Not sure what we would collaborate on exactly but l would love to pick his brains and see him work up close and personal.
- You're on death row and it's time for your final meal. What'll ya have?
Hot chips/fries with ketchup. I’m a simple gal!
- In a world where you have two hands, all of your pets and loved ones are safe, and your studio is on fire, what do you try to save?
My Garfield phone and Copic Markers.
- What is one piece of pop culture (movie, tv, artwork, song, etc.) that no matter how many times you return to it you still draw excitement, movement, or inspiration?
Definitely Gremlins! I love drawing those guys and never seem to tire or playing around with their designs. The TMNT crew would be a close second.
- I love useless facts. Impress me with a seriously useless fact!
I am right handed but eat (with cutlery) left handed!
- If you could try any profession other than your own, what would you choose to do?
Something that involves working with animals.
- What is your personal strategy/philosophy when it comes to using social media for your work?
To be personable but not too personal, as l think it’s nice to keep something for yourself. Also let your social media reflect facets of yourself, as people will recognise honesty and resonate with that, more than trying too hard and being something that you’re not.
- Speaking of social media, where can people find you?
I am @erinhunting on Instagram and @erinlhunting on Twitter!