Natalie Hughes is a young freelance illustrator (represented by Advocate Art Agency) based in Bristol here in the UK, by day she works for a successful children’s magazine publisher. She also works on freelance commissions (greetings cards, children’s books) and is part of local design collective Drawn In Bristol.
“My work is full of vibrant colours, bold shapes and patterns, and tends to focus on quirky creatures, maps, different cultures, plants and landscapes. I’m interested and influenced by a range of things, to list a few: trips to the zoo, travelling, 80’s films, live music, sausage dogs, Day of the Dead skeletons, photography, dinosaurs, David Attenborough documentaries, folk art, kayaking, New York City, Mexico and New Zealand.”
“My favourite artists include; Bjorn Rue Lie, Kevin Waldron, Oliver Jeffers, Eric Carle, Charley Harper, Mark Boutavant, Edward Gorey, Frida Kahlo, Francis Bacon and Shaun Tan.
I became an illustrator by drawing lots from the day I could hold a crayon, taking an interest in fine art at school and choosing to do an Art Foundation and eventually a degree in Illustration & Animation at the University of Gloucestershire. After this I knew Illustration was the path for me, I stuck at it and worked hard in my spare time around various unrelated jobs, setting myself self initiated projects like children’s books and promoting my work online a lot. I’m still developing my style all the time but feel I’m starting to get an established style which I’d characterise as colourful, cute, folky and a mixture of contemporary and vintage styles.
Now I find myself in beautiful Bristol: after travelling abroad I made the decision to move to an exciting city, and it’s been wonderful. I am currently working on my first published children’s book, to be published in Korea, and have also just finished a fun pop up greetings card for American Greetings.”