My dear friends, today I start another series and this one is interviews called PM Masters. These interviews are very exciting because they will offer an insight into what artists, designer, travelers and people from different walks of life like and do.
Today I'd like to introduce you to Marisa Seguin and very talented illustrator who lives mostly in Milwaukee and sometimes Vancouver.
How did you get started in your career?
I was lucky to get a lot of good reception to my work on blogs. People responded really positively to my Here & There series and pretty soon I was getting some freelance offers. I'm also really lucky to have a creative day-job to support me so that I have a lot of freedom when it comes to my own illustration.
What are your sources of inspiration?
I would say that the majority of my inspiration can be lumped into the vintage children's book and travel illustration category. Miroslav Sasek's This Is series, David Klein's travel posters for TWA, and anything Mary Blair (but really, who doesn't love her?) just to name a few. I am a complete blog fiend and Pinterest addict, so I am constantly finding inspiration through these. Where the Lovely Things Are, Pikaland, and Design Work Life are a few of my favourite blogs that often feature fantastic work that jives with my taste.
Where do you work and how do you get organized around it?
I'm can usually be found at my worktable or camped out on the couch with a tv table. I still work on the same Macbook Pro I had in college, so it's nice and portable, although I'm working on saving up for a desktop computer so I can work on a larger screen. There isn't a lot to organize for me, really. As long as I have my computer and my Wacom tablet, I'm good to go!
Which is your favorite collection/project/product that you have designed? Which collection/project/product out there you wish you would have designed?
I'm really proud of my Here & There series. It was created as my senior thesis and combined everything I love to research and illustrate into one project. It was such a blast to work on and also left the door wide open for continuation after college. There are so many more cities I'd love to create maps for! As far as a project that I wish I had designed (such a good question!) I'm currently obsessed with the This Is Paris book I just purchased. I've been a big fan of M. Sasek's This Is series for a number of years now and decided that it was about time I bought one so that I can drool over an actual book instead of my screen. The books pretty much perfectly articulate everything I want to make and definitely go on the “I wish I had made that” list. I am thoroughly enamored with the minimal page layouts and spot-on illustrations as well as the quirky narrative. It's one of those books that caused me to exclaim frequently in frustration/adoration because I really just could not get over how much I loved this book and these illustrations.
What other profession you would like to have besides yours?
I love to bake and cook so I think something in the culinary realm would be my next choice if I wasn't illustrating. I also love the ocean and think a marine biologist would be a rad profession.
What are you listening to these days?
I like to listen to a lot of podcasts and radio shows while I work. Q is one of my favourites—Jian Ghomeshi, the host, just asks such great interview questions. A total pro. I also recently devoured all of the episodes of 99% Invisible, a short radio show about the aspects of design that frequently go unnoticed. My friend Jade also recently got me into Radiolab. When I don't feeling like listening to people talking, sometimes I'll put on a movie soundtrack (Batman Begins, Howl's Movie Castle, and Amelie are a few of my favourites).
When you travel what are the essential items you take with you?
Camera, small sketchbook, pen, and good walking shoes. I love to explore on foot.
Where is your favorite vacation spot?
Mayne Island, British Columbia is my favorite place in the world. I grew up in the Vancouver area and a friend of the family has a cabin right on the water there. The beach in front of the cabin isn't sandy but covered in hundreds of thousands of rocks—from small pebbles that have been worn smooth by the tide to large crater-faced rocks that have been carved out by the water. When I was a kid, I would spend every waking minute on the beach when we visited during the summer. At low-tide, my sister and I would walk around looking at the dozens of pink and purple starfish. Mid-day, we'd poke around tide pools and flip over rocks to watch the little crabs scuttle away. Occasionally, a jellyfish would wash up on shore. At high-tide, we'd wade around knee-deep in the ocean and catch fish in buckets. Then at night, it is far enough away from the city lights that you can see the Milky Way.
What is the best business advice you can give someone?
Some illustration-specific advice would be to communicate your ideas as clearly as possible up front. A lot of the clientele you might be working with might not be as visually/creatively oriented as you are so things that might seem obvious to an artist might not be so obvious to someone without a creative background. From thorough preliminary sketches to clearly laid out contracts, it will just make your life and your relationship with the client a much more pleasant experience (hopefully). Also, don't be too nice. Unfortunately, there are many people who underestimate the amount of time and effort that go into a creative business. Don't sell yourself short!
What does the future hold for your business? Any plans?
I plan on expanding my Here & There series. There are a bunch of cities I have on my list—Chicago, London, Tokyo, New York, Barcelona. I really could go on and on. There are also a few dream publications I'd love to freelance for. Essentially, if I can draw food, flowers, and faraway places, then I am a happy illustrator.
what beautiful illustrations! loving this feature on your blog.ReplyDelete
She sounds like a wonderfully bright, energetic, and happy person. Can I be her best friend? Oh, and she's super talented!ReplyDelete
What a great series and great interview. So interesting! Love the Paris illustration!ReplyDelete
I really love this, such great colors and shapes! :-)ReplyDelete
Amazing, just adore these illustrations!! xxReplyDelete
I love the illustrations and especially the colors. Somehow they all seem cheerful to me, even the one with the feet and moths flying around the body.ReplyDelete
Thank you SO much for doing this interview, I am currently doing a design course, and this inspired me so much! Her work is brilliant, amazing illustrations, I can't imagine being 1/100th as good. Any idea what software/program she uses?ReplyDelete
I really adore her work - it is so bright, vibrant and charming. Would love to hang one of those amazing illustrations in my home:-)ReplyDelete
I love this new series. Seguin's illustrations are so vibrant an whimsical, great choice for a first feature!ReplyDelete
These illustrations are awesome, so cute and funny.ReplyDelete
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These are beautiful! Love all the bright vibrant colors. Thanks for the introduction!ReplyDelete
She is very talented, beautiful pieces of art. Thanks for the introduction!ReplyDelete
Amazing illustrations,thank you for sharing!!ReplyDelete
The colours are brilliant, thanks for sharing. I'm really liking the San Francisco one!ReplyDelete
These are beautiful illustrations, so thanks for the introduction. I'm loving the 'What's for Dessert' one. What a great talent!ReplyDelete
These are absolutely stunning illustrations. I love her city ones! So pretty!ReplyDelete
I love her bright, pretty aesthetic!ReplyDelete
I love these illustrations~ gorgeous colors! Thank you for the introduction. :)ReplyDelete
So beautiful illustrations, love style and bright colors!ReplyDelete
Marisa's illustrations are absolutely amazing–what a wonderful feature!ReplyDelete
i like her illustrations, especially that cake. it looks more succulent than the real deal. :)ReplyDelete
Love those wee butterflies all over that person. Her illustrations make me feel so light and happy!ReplyDelete
I absolutely love this!!! It is always to great to get to know a blogger or artist you admire a little better...or meet someone new :) I love Marisa's work...so lovely! So excited to see the next feature! XO brynnReplyDelete
Thanks for sharing. Such an a,zing talentReplyDelete
Fabulous interview and amazingly talented artist.ReplyDelete
Enjoyed this very much -- thank you!
That's a great interview and the illustrations are brilliant. Love all the colours and fun details.ReplyDelete
Thanks for your nice comment on my blog, I really appreciate it. Have a great evening, Love from London xo
Love her work! This was such a great interview. And I love the new series. Lots of fun things happening :) xoxoReplyDelete
Marisa's work is absolutely delightful!! Thanks for the introduction!ReplyDelete
Beautiful, creative, fun!!ReplyDelete
these illustrations are just great! i especially like the food and city ones. it's also great to hear about the inspiration and the story behind one's business.ReplyDelete
I love this! So excited it's going to be a series!ReplyDelete
Marisa's an amazing artist, and I enjoyed her interview thoroughly! :)ReplyDelete
I am blown away. What a talent! Off to follow her links. And thanks for sharing her with us.ReplyDelete
Those illustrations are great, and I really loved reading the interview!! Thanks!! Also - I really love the comment about not being too nice - something I'm definitely hoping to learn in life...ReplyDelete
Absolutely loved this interview. I'm already an admirer of her art and it was great reading about her and her process.ReplyDelete
Thank you both!!