ImageZoo Artist Interview: Jill Browning

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I had the pleasure of interviewing one of our artists, Jill Browning, whose patterns and use of color have a distinct retro appeal. Keep reading to find out more about Jill.

How did you get started as an artist?
To answer the question literally, as a kid, I loved coloring books and I drew
pictures in class instead of paying attention. There’s something very satisfying
about drawing on a clean sheet of notebook paper with a fresh Crayola marker.

What inspires you to create?
Sometimes it’s necessity, like my daughter’s birth announcement or our Christmas
card. Other times, I’m trying to develop new things to sell in my etsy shop. I once
read on an agent’s blog that you should create the kind of art for the kind of jobs
you want. I always ask myself if I would buy what I’m making.

Can you describe your process when creating art? What is your favorite medium to
work with?

If I’m creating a pattern, I usually work from a doodle from one of my sketch books.
If I’m working on something specific, I first try to decide which colors I’m going
to work with. Sometimes my original idea is nowhere near what I end up with. I’m
slowing learning to go with the flow and not to force my original idea if it’s not
working. And Illustrator is the only thing I use.

Before you decided to concentrate on art, you say that you pursued other career
paths. What other career paths did you try and what made you pursue art?

Iwas never the kind of person who always knew what I wanted to do when I grew up. I
chose commercial art as a major in college because I couldn’t think of anything
better to do. After the 2 year program, I realized that I was too immature and
insecure to pursue a job in graphic design. Since then I’ve went to school for
massage therapy and accounting (random, huh?), but I never finished either. Then
about 2 years ago, I finally discovered specifically that I wanted to pursue surface
design. But as far as being an artist is concerned, I always want to remain my own
boss. I believe that would be key to maintaining my creativity.

What are your goals for the year?
To find a balance between spending time with my family, working full-time as an
administrative assistant, and pursuing a career in art.

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Thank you for taking the time to talk to us, Jill!

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