How did you come across the Fida awards, and why did you apply?
I believe it was recommended to me through a lot of different other illustrators when FIDA was just launched. When I saw the list of judges I was convinced I had to enter.
What made you select the image you did to enter the awards?
It was hard! I knew I wanted to enter in the experimental category because that'd fit my style the most but actually selecting the right image was a tough one. I ended up choosing an image that wasn't directly inspired by a designer but rather a makeup artist, since I really wanted to show off a portrait (I love painting faces). The flower girl is still one of my favourite paintings I made so far.
How did you feel about winning the awards with all the artists and judges from the industry selecting your work?
Crazy! I was not at the awards myself as I'm located in the Netherlands so I couldn't follow it live. I actually received a DM from a fellow illustrator saying 'CONGRATS, you won!' and I was sitting alone in my atelier and so surprised. Never would've guessed I'd win so it was a very strange experience. I think I called up a friend and went to a bar right after ha. It's also amazing for these great artists to have seen my work and select it as a winner, since I love their work so much. The best compliment.
What is your normal day of working as a fashion illustrator?
Explain your process and the space you work in? How do you use social media or other platforms?
Do you have any advice for future Fida Artists entering the awards?
Don't doubt too much! Make a shortlist of your own work and let it sit for a while. You'll see that in a few days you picked your own favourites and that's the one you should apply with.
Are you doing anything at the moment and can you share?
I'm currently part of a group exhibition at the I love illustration gallery in Amsterdam with the theme 'Indigo'. It's on until the 15th of November and I made four blue works especially for the exhibition.