Artist name, chosen medium, location.
Hannah Elizabeth Design, Digital drawing, Caversham.
What first inspired you to become a digital artist?
My degree from Bristol was in Illustration and I’ve always enjoyed using digital techniques (primarily Photoshop) to manipulate my work. As part of the MA I am studying for, I began exploring drawing on a tablet and found a lot of satisfaction from working in this way.
Why did you choose digital printmaking?
There are so many positives to using digital techniques, such as being able to access a vast colour palette and being able to edit designs very quickly. A lot of money has gone into the development of drawing apps and the range of brushes you can now access is incredible. I also like the fact that a tablet is easy to transport, so I can essentially work from wherever I want.
Talk us through the creative process and how you generate ideas and inspiration for new work.
I love the outdoors and being immersed in nature. That’s almost always where my inspiration derives from. I need a purpose for making artwork and I aim to use drawing as a tool for raising awareness.
Take us through the physical / technical process of creating your work.
I begin by researching the location and I really enjoy this part. I then usually visit the location to look at different viewpoints and take photographs. From the photographs, I make quick sketches and try out different compositions. Finally, I take it into Photoshop and begin working on the design with a tablet.
How do you know when you’re happy with what you have created?
This is a really good question and something I often find hard explaining to my students! Sometimes it can feel like there is more you can do to adapt or refine a piece of work. I suppose it partly comes down to experience and over the years I’ve got better at learning when to say that’s enough.
What are the frustrations of the end-to-end process of creating digital prints?
Forgetting to save changes, or files corrupting!
If resources were no barrier, what would be your ‘masterpiece’?
I’d love to try and project my designs onto buildings, or have some pasted onto billboards or walls.
What is the one piece of advice you would give to an aspiring digital artist?
Explore, experiment and be open to new ideas and techniques that are available to you.
What advice would you give to your younger self?
Follow your heart, go with your gut instincts and don’t assume the journey is going to be easy. Things that are worth achieving are rarely easy.
You can see a range of Hannah's prints which are available to buy here.