Living in: London
What is in your sketchbook?
An eclectic mix of things! I love working with type, drawing children’s characters and fashion illustrations so I tend to have a stock pile of vastly different drawings most of which get used later to form part of a new illustration. It also houses notes on ideas for stories, or new projects.
Where do you illustrate?
A mixture of the office / studio, the sofa and sometimes even on the floor! I like to spread out and I will work with the light box on the floor, as this is the most comfortable option.
What inspires your work?
It probably sounds totally cliché but I am very inspired by other illustrators. My friend Alexandra Ball has just produced some amazing illustrations for a children’s book and I find her work really inspiring because her characters and compositions are brilliant.
I also love Hennie Haworth’s hand drawn style. I am hugely inspired by pattern and surface design and have just started in partnership with Wallpapered selling my designs as wallpaper, which is a really exciting venture. I have recently signed up to Pintrest, which is an awesome visual record of your inspiration.
What music do you listen to?
I have a very broad musical taste from classical or chill out to cheesy pop, which is my ultimate guilty pleasure! It’s dependent on my mood and whether or not I feel like a good old fashioned sing song or if I need to focus then it will be background music or nothing at all.
What did you have for breakfast?
I am a total toast addict and of course breakfast isn’t complete without a lovely cup of tea, which is without doubt the best way to start the day!
To see more of Jessica’s work visit www.jessica-townsend.co.uk, http://www.illustrationweb.com/artists/JessicaTownsend and www.wallpapered.com/jessica-townsend.