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This is a slightly tricky question to answer, mainly because my inspirations are always evolving and I am constantly finding new things that spark ideas. Every day either through client work or my own dedicated time I am researching, trawling the internet or referencing books, and I am finding as I get older I become more inspired. It is also very important for me to take time out from looking at everything else, sit somewhere quiet and let everything I have been absorbing filter and turn in to fresh ideas. Sometimes just doing a drawing inspires three more, when I am my busiest is when all the ideas pop up.

My inspirations for photography and illustration are a little different - illustration has definitely taken over in the last couple of years, but I am starting to find my desire to shoot brewing again, I think this is somewhat inspired by having a break from photography and remembering how much I love to do it. In saying that there are some things that remain constant, and no matter what I am doing they always catch my eye and get me excited.

1. Colour - This is always number one. I become quite colour obsessed in all areas of my life and this most definitely filters in to my work. I am not sure exactly why, but I always have one colour at a time that I am addicted to. A couple of years ago it was orange, my illustrations had orange hair, my lounge had an overdyed vintage rug, plants were planted in pots in tones of yellow and orange, my hair went from red, to orange to bright yellow to the extent that I was called a Lichtenstein girl on the news at NZFW. My work palette became built around what matches with orange and what clashes, and then just like that it was over and I became addicted to turquoise, trying to sneak it in to any client work. I find colour very energising and I am fascinated with how it can alter mood, it is forever inspiring me.

2. Nature - Being an illustrator I spend a lot of my time indoors and at a desk, luckily I have a dog and am forced to take a daily walk. It is during this time that I get a lot of ideas, filter thoughts, see interesting textures and clear my head. Nature is the best place to get motivated and inspired.

3. Time - Nothing motivates me more than the realisation I am getting older, and the knowledge of how fast the last few years have gone by. I find a lot of inspiration reading articles about businesses, how they started and how far they have come. It always amazes me what you can achieve with three years of hard work.

4. Youth and the female form - I sometimes gain criticism for my use of young models in my work, usually from people who have no knowledge of any part of my process who are jumping to conclusions. I am inspired by beauty and want to capture it and experience it, it is very fleeting and I think it should be celebrated while it lasts. I am fascinated by mannerisms and love to watch people as they talk and be aware of body language - I find so much inspiration to draw when a model stops posing a running through the model routine and just lets me see who she really is. Thats the moment that makes the drawing.

5. Glamour, fashion and mystery - To some extent I think fashion has lost its essence, it is just season to season fashion, but many lack style. I am inspired by women of mystery, costume jewellery, fabric textures, and clashing patterns. People who are not trend focused who love to play and experiment.

6. Friends - While of course there are always the forever friends, Some of my newer friends made in the last few years are the most inspiring people I have ever met. Surrounding myself with creative people, not necessarily doing the same thing as me, but who are similarly driven gets my mind racing. Having friends who you admire, but also challenge your way of thinking who you can talk with honestly are the best people for inspiration. Once a month I meet with a group of creative girls, we have jokingly called it BLC (Business Ladies Club), we head out for a meal and drinks and just talk about what's happening and our work, every time I leave BLC I am refreshed and full of ideas.

7. Clients - Who would have thought it. A lot of the time with client work you are asked to do things you wouldn't usually do, and sometimes things you don't really want to do. To some extent I can thank the Escada project for pushing me to be more brave with my use of colour.

8. Artists - I try not to look at other artists too much, and never do when I am working as I want my work to be from my own head not theirs, but these are some of my favourites: Eirian Chapman, Andrew Archer, Richard Grey, Vania Zouravliov, Malika Favre, Adam Custins, Henrietta Harris, Derek Henderson, Lina Scheynius, Craig and Karl, Guy Shield. (Some of their works featured in the image above)

If you have a question simply comment below on this post or any post and I will dedicate a blog post reply on Mondays.