Eryn Lougheed is a professional illustrator based in Toronto, where she currently studies at OCADU.
What kind of tools are used in crafting your images?
I favour working with ink, watercolour, pen, pencil crayon, and Adobe Illustrator. I enjoy collage for abstract work and printing zines with a Risograph. I enjoy experimenting with new media all the time.
Can you walk us through your creative process in crafting an illustration from start to finish?
I start very rough in my sketchbook, often with stream-of-consciousness lists and doodles. I block out compositions very roughly in pencil. I then do more refined iterations of the sketches, colour tests, etc, before moving on to a final piece.
Where do you find inspiration for your illustrations?
Lately I’ve been inspired by drag queens, DIY fashion, memories from a recent road trip, performance art, lucid dreams, short stories, etc.
How did you find your look? What advice do you have for upcoming artists who are still trying to find their unique aesthetic?
I try to be honest and to be patient, and I would pass that along. Try to understand it as a constant process, rather than an end goal.
What is your favorite illustration that you’ve made thus far?
My favourite illustration that I’ve made thus far is “The Party” illustration - particularly the version that I riso-graphed.
Who are your favorite illustrators?
Aidan Koch, Kaye Blegvad, Molly Fairhurst, Patrick Kyle, Eleanor Davis, and my friends Sarah Mason, Lily Snowden-Fine, and Adam de Souza (to name a few).
How do you think living in Toronto has affected your aesthetic?
It’s difficult to trace exactly how it’s affected my aesthetic, but living in Toronto has been an exciting experience and opportunity for growth. I love the city for its endless supply of chaos and inspiration, and for the fantastic communities of artists.
How do you hope to see your illustrations evolve over the next 5 years?
I want to keep honing my voice and exploring new subject matter, particularly through comics and zines.