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Friday, August 31, 2018

Talented Artist - Michelle Simpson from Michi Scribbles - Interview & Giveaway

Michi Scribbles

About Michelle Simpson

Michelle Simpson is a Professional illustrator and designer based out of the Niagara Region. Michelle graduated with a BAA in Illustration from Sheridan College and now works as a freelance illustrator; she is also a concept artist for KeyFrame Digital Productions; here she creates artwork for children’s television shows.

Links

Website // Facebook // Tumblr // Instagram

Interview

1) Can you tell our readers a bit about yourself?

I am Canadian born and grew up in the forests of Niagara Falls Ontario. I am now a full-time freelancer and work with KeyFrame Digital Productions; where I create artwork for children’s television shows such as: Tee and Mo, and Season 2 of Ollie: The Boy Who Became What He Ate. I have also written and illustrated the children’s book Monsters In My House, and illustrated Hanukkah Harvie Vs. Santa Claus by David Michael Slater & Published by Library Tales Publishing. In my spare time I like to garden, go for forest walks, and annoy my cats Sushi and Mr.Pounce with endless amounts of love.


2) What’s the inspiration behind your work?

I am heavily inspired by nature and mythical folktales from around the world. I was always a tomboy as a child, climbing trees and getting super dirty. My best childhood memories were outside under a tree canopy. My biggest artistic inspiration will always be the works of Studio Ghibli, preferably Princess Mononoke.


3) Where did you learn to design?

I studied at Sheridan Collage and graduated with a BAA in Illustration.


4) What does your work place look like?

KeyFrame Digital Productions is a really fun environment because you’re surrounded by like minded people, most of them animators and concept artists. Visually it’s just a bunch of rows of computers with a nice coffee bar at the one end, the people are what make the work space so great. My home workspace consists of my computer desk for digital work, another desk for my traditional work, lots of illustrations plastered all over the walls and usually a cat trying to sleep on my keyboard or lap.


5) How do you select the fabrics you use?

I don’t use much fabric in my items, I don’t have the patience for sewing, although I wish it did.


6) Can you tell a bit more about how you started your store?

I started my store to make a bit of money in College, a couple of my classmates had a store so I thought I’d give it a shot. Slowly the whole store has snowballed and transformed over the years into what it is now. Anyone can do it, it’s just a matter of putting the time and work into it. It’s the same as any kind of work, you just need to be diligent and persistent to pull through.


7) You make bookish items, where does your love for books come from?

My Parents always made a point to read to me before bedtime when I was little. I loved Franklin for the story and beautiful artwork. My mom always made sure I had the most resent award winning books in my hands as I grew up as well. As I came into my teens I read a lot of Comic Books / Manga. My love isn’t only for books but the general art of storytelling. I’m a very picky reader now, I have a hard time finding books I really like. If I had to pick an all time favourite book it would probably be The Life of Pi, and of corse, the best series of all time; Harry Potter.


8) Materials are important to you, how do you select them?

In regards to material possessions; 99% of all my non life sustaining belongings are Art or Literature based. In regards to materials used for artwork; I’ve experimented with everything. I love trying new things. I’d say the majority of all my artwork now is either done on the computer or mixed traditionally with watercolour.


9) What do you like the most about having your own shop?

When I was little, I can remember the first time I really discovered drawing. I was on the floor with a huge tin of crayons and I remember asking my mom and dad which hand I should draw with. They said which ever one I preferred, my left was the most comfortable. I remember I drew a snowman, and something clicked inside my little brain. My mind was blown that I could make anything I wanted on this piece of white paper. And that was when I knew that I wanted to do this for the rest of my life. So long story short; I’m able to support myself with my passion. I create something new on that blank piece of paper every day, which is exactly what my child self always wished for.

Giveaway

Bookmarks

Two very lucky readers of With Love for Books will receive a bookmark of choice from Michi Scribbles.

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The winner will be notified by email and has 3 days to respond. All of our giveaways are international.

22 comments:

  1. The quality and design look amazing. Unique, fun and lovely colours too.

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  2. What wonderful art work, you have a lot of talent.

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  3. lovely artwork - looking forward to seeing more!

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  4. Beautiful! They are all so well made too!

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  5. Everything is so unique! Congrats!

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  6. I love bookmarks and also coollect them, so thank you for this chance! You're desings are very quirky and unique, I love them :D

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  7. Love your creations, very beautiful!

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  8. I just love your artwork - absolutely magical!

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  9. I liked Princess Monoke too.

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  10. These are so unique. My kids love to collect bookmarks, I will be checking out Michelle Simpson's work!

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  11. I just love your art
    jan

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  12. Thanks for the great prize and competition. Good luck everyone!

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  13. Wow, these are "works of art", I don't know about bookmarks. They are gorgeous. I really like the idea of not having a "normal shape" bookmark too.

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  14. I love the art style. <3 They're cute. I've been needing a new bookmark but at the same time I've switched over to Kindle Books unless I get the print one super cheap secondhand. Too broke right now for beautiful new hardbacks. :(

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  15. Your artwork is so lovely! Thanks and God Bless! ILuvTheEucharist @ aol dot com

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  16. Your illustrations are so, so sweet

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  17. Love the artwork it's so beautiful and colourful

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