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Illustrator of The Week: Julia M. Watercolor | THEHUNGRYJPEG

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From Valentine’s and Easter to designs like Magical and Floral, anything that you can name, Julia M. draws them well! Julia M. is a well rounded illustrator with no limitations. She is the kind of artist you wish to learn from. In this article, we’ll gain insight into Julia’s life as an artist. From how she gets her inspiration to how well she handles creative blocks. 

Could you tell us about yourself?

Hi there! I’m Julia and I’m an illustrator. Watercolor and digital. I’ve been working as a web-designer for some years, but later I realized that I prefer making illustrations.

How long have you been in this industry?

I have been in the industry for more than 5 years.

When did you know you wanted to pursue designing and start selling it? 

When I was working as a web-designer I realized that I wanted to make illustrations. Because it’s not limited like web design, I have more freedom to my creativity. And I like the process a lot. So after seven years of web-designing I decided to only create illustrations. Every time I saw posters, tshirts, cups, notebooks and all that stuff with beautiful images, I knew that I wanted to see my illustrations on objects. 

What inspires you the most? Where do you get your inspiration?

There are three things that inspire me.

  1. Nature is the main source of inspiration and energy.
  2. Projects of famous illustrators – I see their works and think “If they can and I can too. I just need to work a little bit more”.
  3. 3) Actually every beautiful thing in this world.

Are you a traditional or digital artist? What are your preferred mediums to create your designs and graphics?

I’m a traditional and digital artist. I mix watercolor and digital painting. It works very well together. But some of my works are only in digital form. When I have an idea, I choose a medium that expresses it the best way.

Could you describe your design style?

Very difficult question. I’ve never thought about it. Most of my illustrations are bright and happy. So my design style is about joy.

What is your favorite part of the designing process?

My favorite part of the designing process is to see my work on ready objects. For me every project becomes alive only when the art is touchable.

Have you ever experienced creative blocks before? How did you handle it? 

I took a rest and I stopped painting for a week. By the end of the week I understand that I want to paint again. New ideas begin to come. I do simple things that always help such as sleeping a lot, walking a lot, eating well, meeting friends, and traveling if I can. That’s the most important thing. Sometimes I buy new painting stuff – brushes, paper and so on. Visiting museums and exhibitions also helps. 

Here is my most favorite artwork

Do you have any advice or tips for future graphic designers out there?

  1. Be brave and experiment around.
  2. Don’t give up. (It can be hard at the beginning. Just move forward)
  3. If you want to sell your art – think about it like about business. Analyze the market, prioritize.

If there is something you wish The Hungry JPEG could do for you, Tell us.

Only one thing – now the maximum file size for upload is 1gb. And sometimes it’s not enough for a big watercolor set. So if you increase it – it’ll be very helpful. (We heard you Julia, we’ll try to accommodate this inquiry! – Admin)

Julia M. Watercolor on TheHungryJPEG is jam packed with many watercolor illustrations that could be used in your crafts and DIY project. As Julia said, she likes to see her art on objects so here’s a suggestion! Maybe we can print some of her designs on tote bags using this Birds Garden – Seamless Patterns Set. 


Featured Image by Julia M.


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