/ Jane King Illustration /
Jane King is an illustrator grew up in Kent, south east of England. I was so lucky to have the chance to have a chat with her during her exhibition in the Corner Shop at Craft Central while I'm doing my internship there.
-Can you describe your style briefly?
My works are mainly locational drawing, trying to capture the sense for a place and the atmosphere there. My style is quite simple and playful, I make monoprint
-How did you become an illustrator? Backgound?
I studied in illustration in Kingston University. Now I work 3 days a week in a shop, and spend the rest of the time working on my illustration.
-What inspires you?
Walking around, having interaction with people, feeling different texture, see all kinds of pattern and building on the street.
-What do you need around you while you’re working?
COFFEE!!! I need coffee to keep me focused. And just grab a pencil and piece of paper; I can start drawing at any place. It doesn’t have to be an extremely quiet place, I like background sounds, such as people chatting or the sound of the busy city.
-What makes you want to set up your own business?
My time is not fully occupied with illustration work, I like having something else in my life, like I’m working part-time in a shop now, I like the social part of it, which I think it also plays an important role as my source of inspiration.
-How do you relax?
During my leisure time, I enjoy walking, reading/ visiting exhibition, photography exhibition especially.
-How would you spend an ideal day?
Have a walk in central London, in a nice weather, that is very important, because the weather makes a big difference.
-Are you happy with what you’re doing now? If you’re not a designer/artist, what would you picture yourself doing?
I would like to have more chances of freelancing, having different kinds of interaction with people, know more about other kinds of thought. Sometimes I feel like I’m working on the illustration in my own world.
-Can you talk about the experience in the Corner shop of Craft Central?
It has been great, I like that the Corner shop is located in the lovely Clerkenwell area with a nice size of space. I’ve also enjoyed the feedback given by the visitors and I’ve met many new people here, it has been a lovely experience.