Lou Peajeaux is an illustrator based in Cambridge who has a distinctively quirky style. I really love Lou's use of colour which adds to the character of her work. Read below for more info.
University/ College: De Montfort University, Leicester
Course: Graphic Design & Illustration
Current Occupation: Illustrator
What three to five words would you use to describe your work?
Colourful, quirky, detailed and imaginative.
What mediums do you work with?
Coloured pencil, ink, pen, gouache, and a lot of Photoshop tinkering.
What inspires you?
Everything from picture books, to junk shops, to blustery walks, to stationary stores, to long conversations, to hours reading through other arty and crafty blogs and magazines. I love the colour palette of Tara McPherson's artwork, the swift brush strokes of Craig Thompson's comics, the bold shapes and flat colour in screen printing and the art of Tove Jansson, the eerie crosshatchings of Edward Gorey and a lot more in between! I take inspiration from vintage crockery quite a bit too - the florals, their arrangements, and particularly Midwinter Pottery, which have amazing patterns and colours.
What was your first job? When/how did you know you wanted a career in art?
I've worked in a DIY shop, recommending drill bits I didn't have a clue about, as a children's shoe fitter, and in a tea room at a bird sanctuary... but this was all before and during university! Since graduating in 2009 I've solely concentrated on craft and illustration. I've been hampered a bit by being ill with CFS (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) but I'm getting better and things are on the up!
I've known ever since I was a child that I wanted a career in art - after the usual "I'd like to be a nurse/ballerina" and perhaps not so usual archaeologist choices early on. But I've always had a passion for drawing and creating - it makes me happy and takes me into a world of imagination and colour and beauty that's addictive and makes me very content.
Design books/blogs you can’t live without:
Always changing and coming across new things, but at the moment:
Picturing and Poeting by Alan Fletcher - so simple yet clever, refreshes my eyes and gets my brain to think outside of the box
Print & Pattern by Bowie Style - only just received this, but so amazing and inspiring, chock full of colour
Envelopes by Harriet Russell - crammed full of textures and details and humour
I plan to continue attending craft fairs with all my handmade creations and painted ceramics later this year, and hopefully get some work with greetings card and stationary companies. I'm always drawing and making up stories, so children's books are something I'd like to get into too. My ultimate dream is to own my own art gallery-come-teashop, somewhere windswept and whimsy like Whitby or with rolling hills and heather.
Take a look at Lou's work here as well as checking out her blog.