Today we share with you an Interview with Megan Thomas Illustration, born in Vancouver, but now settled over the pond her in Manchester, England.
Who is Megan Thomas?
Hello, my name is Megan Thomas, I’m an illustrator, avid tea drinker and bicycle enthusiast. I was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada but have resided in Manchester, England for quite a few years now. I am an illustrator and designer by trade, but I also dabble in textile/patter design in my spare time.
What first sparked your interest in the creative industries?
I’ve been drawing and creating for as long as I can remember and always knew I’d be doing something creative for a living, I just didn’t know what field I’d end up in. Illustration came quite late on for me, as I wasn’t really aware it was an option – I was always told to look at fine art or graphic design, though neither seemed to be “me”.
Which route through education did you choose to follow?
I studied art and design throughout school and took a few evening courses here and there when I was younger, but as I said before, it wasn’t until I was in my mid-twenties that I realised illustration was what I wanted to do or even an option for that matter. I found a course through my local college, which turned out to be an excellent and well known course and applied quite late. Luckily the tutors were kind enough to interview me anyway and I was awarded a place that same day. I can honestly say that was the day my life clicked into place.
What were the biggest lessons you learnt in your design education?
The biggest lesson I learned, personally, was to always push your boundaries and try new things, new media and new ideas. Prior to this I had always stuck to drawing the same things, in the same style, all the time. Now I love playing and experimenting and feel it’s really helped my visual language expand and my skills to grow. I’m really glad I followed the path of education as I definitely wouldn’t be where I am today as an illustrator.
Which designers are you inspired by the most?
I love so many designers, it’s difficult to narrow them down. But I do love Olle Eskell, David Weidemann, David Klein and more contemporaries, Sanna Annukka. Even if they don’t directly influence my work they influence the way I think and look at things.
Which other publications both online and print, do you read on a regular basis?
To be honest, I don’t read much online – I find reading online articles/magazines rather tedious and strenuous on the eyes, so I can’t say there are any I read with much regularity.
In print I love Frankie, an Australian lifestyle magazine – though it’s not necessarily design related, I find it inspiring and a joy to read. I’ve recently discovered Uppercase Magazine, which I’ve fallen in love with.
Who are your top 5 people you would recommend to follow on twitter?
This is a difficult one, as I follow so many great people…
1. @emilypickle – My friend and partner in design crime, Kate! She’s a talented textiles designer and such a kind person.
2. @anorakmagazine – A children’s creative magazine that’s just so beautiful. They share some beautiful and inspiring stuff!
3. @beatonna – The creator of the ever witty and brilliant history-based comics at Hark A Vagrant.
4. @drawnorthwest A bi-monthly illustrators meeting/get together/piss up in Manchester that I occasionally pop into.
5. @kellythompson1 for her ridiculously gorgeous fashion illustrations.