Hi Ohn Mar, please introduce yourself:
Hi folks, I’m a UK based illustrator who’s rather obsessed with food. I have worked in the industry for 20 years starting with editorial illustration and greetings cards. These days I’m best known for my foodie images which have appeared in magazines, books, at food festivals, packaging and branding. I’m also attempting 365 days of paint and am on my 8th Moleskine sketchbook.
If you could give your 10 years younger self one key piece of advice or an insight, what would it be?
Take the time to write down a vision of how you want your life to look in the perfect world and take tiny steps each day to steer yourself in that direction. Listen to what your gut is telling you and always, always dream BIG
When you feel stuck or in a design rut, how do you get yourself out of it and back on track?
I physically leave my art space for a few hours or days, go for a wander down the river, do yoga or do some window shopping. It often means I need to clear space mentally, getting rid of any issues cluttering my brain and come back with a clearer head with room for art
How would you describe your design process?
Before I start any job, whether it's for a pattern, packaging or a recipe I always research either on Pinterest or a stock library if I’m needing a specific pose like someone holding a spoon. Then I draw draw draw a lot on A4 printer paper, using a variety of black pens or nibs. I then scan in the images and add colour in PS and Ai depending on the project. I will most likely take a screenshot of work in progress and post it to Instagram. I love Instagram.