How could we not show off Poppy Almond’s wonderful illustration?! If you’re into girl power, badass slogans and some pretty cute icons, Poppy’s work will have you eyeing it up. Based in Leeds, UK, Poppy brings fun to the table. Let’s talk!
Could you tell us a little bit about yourself and how you found your super cute creative aesthetic?!
Hello! I am a Leeds based Illustrator and designer and have a love for colourful (in particular pink and red) illustrations. I basically just draw things I like or that are around me and hope others enjoy them too!
Yes to pink! Having previously worked for London based accessories brand Skinnydip, how did you find your time working in-house? Did you find your role super valuable and what were the top 3 things you learnt along your journey?
I really loved working at Skinnydip, I got to meet and work with some amazing designers and all round lovely people but my heart was always set on going freelance! I learnt so much at Skinnydip and wouldn't know half the stuff about running a business and designing commercially without the experience. The most valuable thing I learnt was how to use Adobe Illustrator! I started my internship there not really knowing how to use Illustrator at all but by the time I had left it was the only programme I really used and most of this was down to asking all the lovely girls I worked with how to do things haha.
I also learnt so much about designing for different products and how to design for that. Its important to consider the product your designs will be used on when designing and I never really considered that before Skinnydip. I also learnt so much about my style. Although I felt I had a strong style before graduating I feel as though my time at Skinnydip really refined.
Now taking the plunge into the freelance world (congrats girl!) Do you have any advice for those who are toying with the idea of the freelance step?
I think working in-house was really worth doing before taking the jump to being freelance. It allows you to decide if you do definitely want to do freelance or if in-house is best for you. Its also amazing how much you can learn regarding running a business, pricing and how to speak to businesses etc. I think if you really want to do it then you should just be brave and give it ago! I kept thinking if I don't just try it I will regret it forever and I can always consider going back to an in-house position if it doesn't go well in the freelance world.
With girly slogans, a lush pink palette and brilliant puns, what are your main inspirations when it comes to design? Is it other illustrators or even girl bosses around you? Additionally, what is your favourite thing to illustrate?!
My favourite thing to illustrate is probably food I kind of have an obsession with doodling sushi and strawberries (don’t ask me why). I literally get my inspiration from everywhere! but mainly from things around me, food I'm eating, things Ive heard that day or the contents of my shelves. Of course other amazing illustrators, things I’ve come across on Instagram and all the girl bosses around me give me so much inspiration!
Your sushi doodles are the cutest! Being super creative, did you study illustration at all? If so how did you find education as a whole when it comes to the creative field?
I studied Printed textiles and surface pattern design at Leeds arts university and absolutely loved it! I knew I wanted to study some kind of art but was always unsure what exactly. When I came across my course whilst on my foundation degree I instantly knew it was for me. It was great to be able to experiment with such a range of different materials and processes. I did find all the written side of it difficult and just wanted to spend the whole time creating but overall I'm so glad I went and especially to Leeds as I think the course, people and place is just amazing.
And finally, what would be your dream commission be?!
Ooooo I would love to paint some more murals or a collaboration with Lazy Oaf or Gucci would be pretty dreamy.
We will keep our eye out for that Gucci collab hehe ;) (Discount pls)
Thanks so much Poppy!
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