We're constantly looking for interesting artists on Instagram. We will be introducing them every tuesday in a series called Introtuesday. Please meet Birmingham, United Kingdom based illustrator Megan Reddi.
What are you working on at the moment? At the moment I'm splitting my time between illustrating for magazines etc. and preparing my lectures for when the students start back in October (I teach on the illustration courses at Coventry University). I recently did an illustration for Anorak Magazine, which was awesome to do - I've wanted to work with them for a while because their art direction is just amazing, so that was really exciting for me. Oh, and I've been working on some screen prints!
What is your work process like? I'm really into the process of creating and I find the act of illustrating really cathartic (especially when I'm screen printing) so I like my process to reflect that whenever possible. When a job comes in I start by throwing all my ideas (any ideas - even if they seem stupid) into a little notebook and begin fleshing out the concept behind the illustration and what I want to communicate. From there I noodle around in my sketchbook, come up with a rough composition and then take it onto the computer to flesh it out a bit more. That's the hardest part - working out an idea and getting it finalised but once that's done, the fun stuff happens and the illustration starts to take shape really quickly! I start blocking out the various shapes using textures that I handprinted in my studio and get the illustration to a stage where I'm happy with it. Then once the illustration is mostly formed, I play around with the colours until I end up with something that I like. Ta da - finished illustration!
Favourite work snack? My favourite work snack is a big bag of Vegetarian Percy Pig sweets from M&S (They're like a fruity jelly sweet from the UK). I actually have to ration myself now because I was eating so many of them!
Any personal projects on the side that you're excited about? The project I'm most excited about is The Pretty Picture Club, which is a collective made up of illustrators from all over the world. I got asked to join a few months ago and I'm just having so much fun working as part of a collective. We're working on some fun stuff at the moment so I'm looking forward to what the next few months will bring!
Follow Megan on Instagram and check out her portfolio at www.meganmakesillustrations.co.uk