Interview with Frills & Thrills Blog

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Good Morning Lovers,

I'm over the moon right now with all of the incredible support I've received regarding my new Etsy shop!! Thank you for the continued encouragement and amazing feedback as always. For any of you who have ever wondered what it would be like to open your own store, I highly suggest setting up an online sales platform to get your feet in the water. It has been so fun to think about packaging, presentation, the photography, marketing...it really is my very own virtual store!!

I also wanted to share with you this awesome interview I did with the lovely Sam of Frills & Thrills blog hailing from South Africa. She asked me a few weeks ago if I would be interested in sharing my journey to becoming a fashion illustrator on her blog and I jumped at the opportunity. So here are her questions and my answers below:



What sparked your interest in fashion illustration?

From the time I was very young I had two unfailing loves, painting and fashion. When I was around 7 years old, I can remember sketching a collection of 30 women's looks under my stairwell in my childhood home. I had no interest in learning how to make the clothes I illustrated, but I knew that I wanted to keep drawing them. It took me about 15 more years to discover that I could actually have a career doing just that!


Where are you based and what does your job entail?

I am currently based in New York but originally from Toronto, Canada. I also spent four years in Montreal, Quebec obtaining my Bachelor of Commerce at McGill University. I came to New York five years ago to pursue my fashion illustration career and have been here ever since...

As for my job, it is a 24 hrs a day/7 days a week commitment of hard work, discipline, and passion. When who you are and what you do are the same, you live and breathe your job. My blog and my fashion illustrations are a complete reflection of my most intrinsic self. Currently during the day I work as a Senior Digital Designer and Social Media Editor for an accessories company in Manhattan. But on my evenings and weekends I spend all my time illustrating, either personal work or commissions, and tending to my social media accounts. I nurture my social media like a garden. It takes maintenance and engagement in order for it to grow.


What is your illustrative style?

My style has been described as being very whimsical. I always incorporate lots of color and infuse it with both travel and fashion inspiration. Some drawings are rendered loosely in 7 minutes or less, illustrated straight to paper. Other illustrations are slightly more rendered and involve conceptualizing in my sketchbook, transferring to watercolor paper, and more attention to detail in their finishing. I'm not a 'one style for all scenarios' illustrator. I have flexibility in my paint handling.



Of all your illustrations, which one is your personal favourite?

My personal favorite is probably Macaron Marie (above). It was the first painting I did after finishing my Fashion Illustration AAS degree at FIT in New York, and it's very indicative of my personal voice and brand. It incorporates travel, with Parisian macarons from Laduree, and merges it with a fashion style portrait of Elle Fanning as a modern day Marie Antoinette. Friends have said that when they think of me, they think of that painting!

Do you prefer illustrating digitally or by hand?

Totally, 100%, I prefer painting by hand. Nothing brings me more joy than washy inks or watery gouache touching fresh watercolor paper. There is a spontaneity in live painting that can't be replaced or replicated with computers. That said, I always scan my works and clean them up in photoshop when they are finished. Not all accidents are happy ones!



What are your influences and inspirations? 

This is always a fun question to answer. I'm definitely inspired by living in New York. From the time I walk out the door in the morning, until I reach my office 20 minutes later, I've already soaked up oodles of inspiration. It could be the way a woman is dressed en route to work, or the shop windows in my neighborhood. We have access to the most incredible art galleries, exhibitions, restaurants, markets, street style, nightlife...everything here is magic. I also collect so much inspiration from my travels abroad. I love to see how other people live, their culture, how they interpret style and fashion, how and what they eat, where they pass time.


Are there any specific designers that you would like to work with? 

My absolute number one designer to work with is Kate Spade. I feel that their brand DNA is in perfect alignment with my own. They are all about living colorfully, taking influences from travel and incorporating it into their accessories and inspirations. They also utilize so many illustrators for their capsule collections. They've partnered with Garance Dore and most recently Bruno Grizzo for their Year of Travel collection. For similar reasons I would also love to partner with Henri Bendel. They've worked with the amazing Izak Zenou and Megan Hess on beautiful fashion illustrated silk scarves, travel cases, and accessories.


Ideally, where would you like your career in fashion illustration to go in the future?

I want it to grow, grow, grow!! In the very near future I want to be running Meagan Morrison Studio full-time, an illustration and creative services company. I want to design my own line of accessories and stationary as well as continue to do editorial and custom illustrations for magazines, designers, and personal commissions. One area I'm really interested in now is collaborating with other designers for artist series projects. I love the idea of bringing two different creative sources together and designing a limited number of items to sell. I also want to continue building my blog and social media community. I love engaging with other artists and followers who share my passion for fashion illustration. Having my blog has been the driving force behind my growth and personal development in my illustrations. There is only one way I would like my illustration career to go, and that's up!!

And that's it for the interview - I hope you enjoyed it. A very special thank you to Sam of Frills & Thrills for the amazing opportunity to share my journey on her blog.

Much love,
Meag xx

30 comments:

  1. Fabulous interview! I follow Sam's blog.
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

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    1. @Kim Alston awe thank you, Sam is the sweetest and so inspiring! xx

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  2. My sincerest gratitude to you for partaking in this interview, it was so inspiring and your illustrations are remarkable Meagan!

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    1. @Sam you are the sweetest, I was so happy to work with you. Your positivity and great energy shines through your blog! I hope to meet you in person one day soon xx

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    2. Hi Meagan, that would be the loveliest gesture, I hope to host you here in South Africa soon! Have a splendid weekend hun!

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    3. @Sam that would be AMAZING!! I've never been but have always wanted to go. I would love if you shared photos from South Africa on your blog so we could see what it is like through your eyes xx

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  3. What a beautiful interview. I will have to check out Sam's blog. :)

    http://lamentinglizzie.blogspot.com

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    1. @Elizabeth Hisle yes she is incredibly sweet and her blog is so positive and inspiring xx

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  4. Such a great interview! I will definitely check out Sams blog. Beautiful beautiful pictures.

    xoxo, Haylee
    http://www.dolledupdaily.com/

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    1. @Haylee Mae thank you, I really hope to encourage people with my interviews xx

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  5. You are soooo talented babe!!! CONGRATS on your Etsy shop! INCREDIBLE!
    kisses
    xoBeckerman Girls

    www.BeckermanBlog.com

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    1. @Beckerman Girls love you girls soooo much!! Talk about talent AND amazing style...superstars!! Can't wait to see you on the MMVAs xx

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    1. @Michele Kruesi thank you so much sweets xx

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  7. Nice to hear and learn from you through this interview. I like your colorful style and use of flowers in your illustrations. I illustrate as well...and curious to hear what you think of my work. If you have time please let me know.
    http://sketchonista.blogspot.nl/

    X Brenda

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    1. @S K E T C H O N I S T A absolutely! I will visit your blog now and check them out. Thank you for visiting xx

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  8. Just popped over from 'Frills and Thrills'. I'm such a fan of Sam's lovely blog and I love fashion illustrations. I enjoyed admiring your amazing work and learning more about what goes on behind the scenes. Macaron Marie is wonderful! I'm delighted to be following along on GFC and Bloglovin'
    http://missbbobochic.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. @miss b awe I'm so happy to hear that! Thank you so much for the sweet words. I will follow you back xx

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  9. Just amazing!
    Xx,
    Julie | http://www.juliechagas.com/

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  10. Your illustrations are sooooo stunning! Have a fun weekend my dear. :)



    I AM ALSO ON: Instagram @kennydaily, Bloglovin and Facebook



    xoxo;
    What Kenny Hearts a Fashion and Decor Blog

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    1. @What Kenny Hearts thanks doll, you are the sweetest xx

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  11. I'm totally in love in your drawings! Amazing work! Nice interview!
    kisses xx cvety
    cvetybaby.com
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    1. @Cvetina Cekova thank you, I'm so touched that you like my work. Your site is very beautiful. I love that you cover health, beauty, and fashion xx

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  12. Thank you very much for following my blog.

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  13. Great interview and your fashion illustrations continue to astound me! This summer I'm going to try to teach myself to begin to paint some cool things, since I've always just been a sketch artist. I'd love for us to talk more, maybe through email or something, if you have any tips you're willing to share? I'm literally a blank canvas, I'm so new to using color in my art. I think I'm ready now and you are simply incredible, I love to talk mediums, utensils, brands and technique. Let me know!

    i can’t afford my lifestyle

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    1. @Cassandra Dotzel thank you, so sweet of you! Absolutely you can email me and I can offer you any suggestions. Just ask away! mmillustrations@gmail.com xx

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