About Louise Date Illustrates

I'm Louise, sometime illustrator and graduate of the Cardiff School of Art and Design. I like drawing bears, birds and lemons and spend my spare time leaning uncomfortably over my desk, or up to my elbows in the garden. I first started making my own Christmas cards at the grand old age of 2 (two splodgy hand prints of brown paint with a red pom-pom in the middle - was intended to be Rudolph apparently) and have been designing them for my family's use ever since. Requests for more lead me to starting this little shop on the side, and its been growing from there  I tend to work in drifts of inspiration, and prefer to jot down ideas in pencil before gradually converting them into ink, refining or discarding as the initial idea takes shape. My weapons of choice are usually a Rotrïng Tikky 0.5 mechanical pencil, a PaperMate Flair black cartooning pen and a collection of Mitsubishi UniPins and Rotrïng Tikky Graphic fineliners. When I make forays into colour I use anything from a Winsor and Newton full watercolour palette to Caran D’Ache Luminance pencils and occasionally ProMarkers for when I need very quick vibrancy. 
I like drawing from nature, but in my own strange style, and absolutely love anything to do with food and eating, even running a food blog at one point. My partner, known to me as The Bear, and his ambles around our house are also more than enough inspiration...

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