Oliver Lake is an experienced professional illustrator who likes creating illustrations that appeal to both children and adults. He has had a number of commissions, including work for Time Out magazine and The Independent newspaper. He has also illustrated a number of children's books and has exhibited and sold work at numerous art galleries. His work is available on Etsy and at http://www.iotaillustration.co.uk/.
Tell me about your art and how you originally got into your craft.
I decided quite early on that I wanted to be an illustrator. I did the normal thing and studied at University. After I finished university, I eventually managed to get some illustration work... However it took me a long time before I started to make work that I was happy with. There was a long process of working out exactly what it was I wanted to do.
What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
My favorite thing would be illustrating animals. My favorite moment would be the moment I complete an illustration (it’s normally a feeling of great relief)! When I’m not working my favorite thing would be just relaxing and watching a good movie.
What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your business?
The biggest challenge would be trying to manage the creative side of things with the business side. I find this difficult and sometimes it all becomes just too much.
When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
When I was a kid, I went through a stage of wanting to be a vicar or some kind of holy man (it was very strange).
What item in your collection would you like to receive as a gift if someone were shopping for you?
Probably my ‘Out On a Lark’ print
What other artists out there do you love?
There are too many to mention.... so it‘s better if I just recommend two blogs which I love looking at for ideas 50 Watts and The Animalarium. Both of these contain a huge variety of old children's book illustrations and I find that these images are an excellent source for inspiration.
What does your future hold?
Good things I hope! At the moment I’m working on illustrations for a range of greetings cards. I’m also going to be featured in 'Digital Arts" magazine and a book which will be published by Korero Books. Apart from that, all I want to do for now is keep making new illustrations!