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19th June 2020
Meet the Artists – Catherine Pearson
Catherine Pearson is an illustrator whose work features perfectly crafted characters; rich with eye-popping colour and lightly dusted with just the right amount of texture to lift them up without overtaking the image.
While Catherine herself describes her process more as a recipe (daughter of a chef), her end results lend themselves better to more musical allusions, they are symphonic in their execution.
Catherine places her iconographic character designs into scenes and compositions that draw an obvious visual rhythm in geometry; every element seems designed to perfectly fit the space it was given and naturally lead your eye throughout the image. This approach works in the narratives Catherine conveys in her editorial work for clients like The Wall Street Journal and Les Échos, as well as in designs for her own souvenir brand The Good Apple.
We spoke to Catherine about her process, life/work balance and listening to stories while working…
Where do you live?
I live in the French part of Switzerland, in Lausanne!
Where is your studio located?
At home, we installed our studio in our extra room!
Can you describe your creative process?
When I start a new project, I like to brainstorm, research ideas/concepts etc.. Then I make some really quick sketches of my ideas. Once I’ve chosen the direction and settled on an idea I do a more refined sketch with colors explorations. When everything is ready I work on photoshop for the final version. The last part is textures and tiny adjustments, and this is my favorite step! My main tools are; a sketchbook, iPad pro (procreate) and Photoshop!
What does a typical working day look like?
I like to use the morning to do more emails, bills, planning and all the other not-fun-things. I always take a one hour break at lunch to walk my dog in the park. Then in the afternoon I start doing the more creative stuff. I love working late at night, when everyone is sleeping and it’s quiet. This allows my mind to focus and I get into my zone. However to keep a good life balance I try to keep this routine occasionally or only when I have big projects.
Do you listen to music or the radio whilst you work? If so, what’s on your playlist?
Only in the production part, because in the research I need to have no noise to focus. But once the artwork is ready to go I put more YouTube videos in the background. I like to listen to stories while I’m working.
How long have you been with the Artworks for?
A little more than a year.
What drew you to Artworks?
I loved the artists they represent and that they’re more like a boutique agency with a selection that’s very well thought through. The team is so great! From the beginning they were supportive and are always available to us to ask for advice, feedback etc! They have my full trust and I know they will always do the best for their artists!
What books or programmes did you love as a child? Have they influenced your work in any way?
Animation movies from Pixar, Disney and especially Cartoon Network. That has definitely influenced me a lot in my career choice.
If you weren’t an artist, what would you be instead?
Maybe a cook, interior designer, graphic designer… something still creative.
What was the most important lesson you learned at Art School, if you went!
The student’s I’ve met! We were a really small class of girls, we loved talking, sharing ideas and techniques! I’ve learned a lot from them!
What inspires you the most to create?
Graphic design. Colors and shapes
Name three artists that you admire.
I love Owen Davey! Also Chris Turnham, and Cruschi Form!
What kind of commissions do you enjoy the most?
The ones where I have the space to explore and bring my vision, also where I can be graphic and don’t have the colors imposed on me.
What would your dream commission be?
A whole campaign for a brand. Or an installation for a mall.
Do you have any pets? If so, what and what are they called?
Yes, a 2 years old boxer named Tala.
What 5 things could you not live without?
Family, friends, my dad’s food, my dog and my drawing stuff!
What is your very favourite meal?
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I love long walks and exploring parks with my boyfriend and my dog. Cook. Watching tons of movies/series. Paint. Creating stuff for our local brand The Good Apple!
What is your current dream travel destination?
A 6 month trip across Asia!
To see more of Catherine’s wonderful work, click here.