We're constantly looking for interesting artists on Instagram.We will be introducing them every tuesday in a series called Introtuesday.Please meet Leuven, Belgium based illustrator Lien Geeroms.
What are you working on at the moment? I’m expecting some finalfeedback on an editorial I’ve made for a client magazine. It’s a spread forkids about ‘floating’. Did you know a mandarin stays afloat if you don’t peelit and sinks if you do :-) Besides that I have some other editorials coming upand two brochures are taking up a big chunk of time.
What is your work process like? Step one (or four, or seven, or…): Amorning walk. I see it as part of my process because during my daily walk allsorts of ideas pop up in my head. Other steps… I read the brief thoroughly andmake sure I have all the info I need (ask, don’t assume…). I dive into thebrief - and accompanying text if it’s editorial work - and make very roughsketches while reading. Then I let it simmer in my head for a bit (insert walk,ironing or other brainless task). After that I go straight to illustrator andstart on a first draft (I use a Wacom Intuos Pro). I often google forreferences (what does a turnip look like?) and I tend to fiddle around withcolors a lot when I start. I determine my palette in an early stage. It isoften fairly limited and the constraint of it gets my creative juices flowing.This first draft goes to the client for feedback. Based on that feedback I makeadjustments if needed and make a final version in Photoshop. I have a favoriteset of brushes (homemade) to add texture to my vector drawings. I love thispart of the process: playtime! My personal work is in one way different fromclient work: no deadline! And that is often a problem… a lot of ideas don’t getpast the 'rough sketches' stage because client work eats all my time (andfamily life is an other big time consumer). The trick is to force up some kindof deadline on myself. Personal work can lead to fun projects in the long run,so I’m aware of its importance. For instance, the little book ‘Wat zegje?’ (published by Uitgeverij Snor) started with a picture of an ‘octoBus’I made. A funny mistake my son always made when he was a toddler, that spoke tomy imagination.
Favorite work snack? Bananas and dark chocolate. Is coffee a snack? Ifso: coffee!
Any personal projects on the side that you're excited about? In Belgium,the week before Christmas is called ‘de warmste week’ (‘the warmest week’). Aweek full of charity events… I’m making greeting cards with ‘warm wishes’ andplan to sell them for a good cause. Social relevance: check! Clear deadline:check!
FollowLien on Instagramand check out her portfolio at www.liengeeroms.com