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Illustrator crush: Bianca Cash

Thursday, 17 December 2015 by Irene Hoofs

Bloesem Living | Interview with Illustrator Bianca Cash

If you've reached the end of the Bloesem Gazette you'd have seen a cheeky illustration by Bianca Cash filling up the last page.. We just had to include it, it's too relatable! You've probably also come across some of her many other illustrations featuring simple, witty and sometimes even powerful quotes in her beautiful handwriting several times. It's hard to miss when you let out a little chuckle under your breath each time you chance upon them.. We say this illustrator crush is definitely here to stay!

We're sharing with you guys our little chat with Bianca on the blog today.. Hear all about where the typography master herself gets her inspiration from and more! 

Bloesem Living | Interview with Illustrator Bianca Cash

 Bloesem Living | Interview with Illustrator Bianca Cash

How would you describe your creative process?

I tend to just get the ink and brush out and go for it. I often go through pages and pages of paper, repeating similar processes every time. I scan my work and then use Photoshop to clean it up a little. Sometimes if I'm not happy I'll go back to inking. It really depends. I find you need to be mentally in the right place to get it right too. Designing straight on the computer, you have a lot more control with what you're doing. With inking, you don't have as much control over the way the inky tones come through or with how it will overall look as you're using fast movements to create.

I do look at other typographers for inspiration but I have found that my most successful pieces are ones that I have created with little research or inspiration. Pieces that have come from my and what's going on in my own world.

So what are the top 5 design resources you gain inspiration from?

I love Pinterest for the extreme diversity. There's so many different things to discover - anything from art to illustration, design, interior spaces, colour, travel etc. And within those there are so many different styles. I love discovering artists and designers through it.

Instagram is a great source of inspiration for me. I tend to follow a lot of designers and creatives which means a lot of my feed is full of inspiration.

Books - I love books. I love bookshops. I think it's easy in this day and age to forget about them because we have the internet as one giant book. But there's something about flipping pages and being able to touch the colour and the lines (without smudging the computer screen!)

Late nights. I am a night owl. I kinda wish I wasn't but I just get so inspired at night, when the stars are out. I find I write mostly at night and ideas spring at night.

Weekend outings. Maybe it's an odd thing to say but I love spending a Saturday or Sunday with a friend/s brunching and exploring quirky shops, florist and galleries. A lot of my closest friends are creatives such as photographers, designers, illustrators, florists etc. So spending time with them on a beautiful weekend inspires me.

I think downtime can be pretty inspiring too! What about your top 5 favourite designers then?

It's hard to cut it to five but I'll go with: Henri Matisse, Oliver Jeffers, Brett Whiteley, Ellsworth Kelly and Marion Deuchars.

Bloesem Living | Interview with Illustrator Bianca Cash

Name a typography that best describes you and why.

Definitely handwritten. I experiment with a lot of different handwritten styles.

I think the thing I love about it is that it's perfectly imperfect. I've always been a bit of a perfectionist with my work. To the point where I wouldn't share anything I created.
It's been quite journey but I'm at a place where I feel confident enough to share what I create. I still have moments where I don't love everything I create. But it pushes me to be better and constantly evolve.

So what are some of your favourite tools of the trade then?

Black Indian ink and a Pentel water brush plus matte paper stock. It's all I'm using at the moment. The brush is great for a lot of different type styles. Ink - I always use black. I stock up with half litre bottles because it's easy to go through. I use a Canon Pixma scanner to scan all my work and then my iMac + Adobe Photoshop does the rest. 

Bloesem Living | Interview with Illustrator Bianca Cash

What do you say is your favourite design project right now?

One of my passion projects is my online store. It's got a long way to go but I really enjoy creating pieces for it and doing the research with printing processes etc. It's really time consuming and requires a lot of decision making but I'm really excited about all the plans I have coming up for it.

Bloesem Living | Interview with Illustrator Bianca Cash

Any print trends are you excited about at the moment?

I love prints that aren't decorated too much. I see a couple of lines on a piece of paper and I think it's beautiful. I love detail and colour. But I'm really excited about stripping all that back and seeing the lines and shapes. I find myself drawn to this most of the time. It's hard to say what my favourite print is. I really love 28 and a veggies print I did earlier this year. I have the original veggies I inked on paper, taped to my wall above my iMac. I don't often look at my work and love everything but the fruit and veggie illustrations make me smile. Again, the simplicity gets me.

Aw that's nice! What about favourite creative trends, generally?

Ohh umm... that's a hard question. I would say simplicity but then again it's generally always been 'in' in some way. I really love minimal design. It's not easy to pull off, so when it's executed well, it's brilliant and one of my favourite things.

Bloesem Living | Interview with Illustrator Bianca Cash

Designers.. What do you think is the biggest misconception people have about them?

Sometimes I find that people don't think we need to be paid for certain jobs. That exposure or contra is an acceptable form of payment for 'art'. Yes I love what I do, but this is how I earn a living. That's definitely one misconception or ignorance I find a little frustrating. Also sometimes people tend to label designers as 'too cool' and maybe up themselves etc. I have so many incredible friends who are the complete opposite of this.

Bloesem Living | Interview with Illustrator Bianca Cash

Any advice for budding designers out there?

Practise. Practise. Practise and share.

Definitely words to live by.. I mean, her words are on countless illustrations. What an inspiration indeed. Thanks so much for contribution to our latest Bloesem Gazette yet, Bianca!

Image credits: Bianca Cash

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