MEET THE ARTIST

Heather Hitchman

Introducing Heather Hitchman, featured artist from the Unicorns Special issue…

How long have you been illustrating and what made you start?
I've been making art since I can remember, but I suppose I began to pursue independent art as my sole career in 2015. I was inspired to create as a child by my favourite cartoons and movies, like "The Last Unicorn" and "Sailor Moon".

Where do you get your inspiration?
The world around me provides constant inspiration, be it from nature or my emotional response to current events. The creation of the art and stories within my world are both a form of wish fulfilment and emotional interpretation of my surroundings. I get a lot of ideas on subject matter from mythology, interacting with nature, and ghost stories

Where is your favourite place to illustrate?
I just redid my studio and filled it with art that inspires me and plants! It feels so calm and free, like the forest welcoming in me to create. It is my haven from the darkness and worries of the world. 

What are your illustrating/colouring material essentials?
Graphite and wax coloured pencils. My favourite coloured pencils at the moment are the "Caran d’ache Luminance" collection.

What’s the piece of work that you’re most proud of or enjoyed doing the most?
I just finished a unicorn painting that was quite challenging because I tried a lot of new things I wouldn't normally do. It's always scary to take on new techniques because you risk destroying your work, but I'm happy to say the painting survived and I am so overjoyed that it's going to a great forever home soon!

Artist's tip

Resist the urge to push down hard on your pencils! It is better for the application of colour, the tools, and your wrist to build layers at a comfortable pace layer by layer. 

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