Nic Squirrell is an artist and illustrator living in Kent, England with her other half, her daughter and two and a half cats. When she’s not drawing she likes to run and drink Earl Grey tea, but not at the same time. Take a look at what she had to say to BoomBoom Prints:
BBP: Describe your style in 5 words or less!
Fun, colorful, happy.
BBP: What is your creative process like?
I doodle a lot, in a sketchbook or on any scraps of paper I have to hand. I mainly use either watercolor, which I love, or else I use my iPad to make the final art, often incorporating some of my hand painted textures. I like to use lots of different media, it keeps it fun!
BBP: Do you always work from the same a spot- a studio, a particular desk, etc.- or do you move around?
I have a sunny little studio in my house, with lots of paints and art supplies, but I can and do work
anywhere when I am sketching or working digitally. I like working in a café with a nice latte and a cake to
help me concentrate.
BBP: How has your style changed over the years?
It has become less realistic. I draw more quirky characters and use more pattern and texture.
BBP: Tell us about the colors you use- how do you choose them, what inspires them?
I am naturally drawn to certain colors, but like to mix it up and try new combinations. I tend to use more muted colors in winter and vibrant ones in summer.
BBP: Did you always know that you wanted to design for kids and families?
Yes. I have always loved drawing for big and small people, so it’s really a dream come true.
BBP: Do you think art is important for kids? Why?
Absolutely! It fires up imaginations and takes you into another world.
BBP: Tell us about your favorite one of your designs on the site.
It’s hard to choose, but one of my favourites is Yo Ho Ho. I like the cheeky crew of pirate dogs and all the nautical details. I had a lot of fun drawing it. It was inspired by my Dad, who is a great sailor. I don’t think he is a pirate, but you never know…
BBP: Do you have kids?
I have one lovely daughter. She is grown up now and is also an artist.
BBP: How did you decorate their nursery?
With lots of art, of course. I painted chickens on her nursery wall. It was very bright and colorful. I grew up surrounded by art and pattern and I wanted her to have the same experience.
BBP: what was the most surprising thing about having children?
Children are constantly surprising. Even when they are grown up. It’s one of the wonderful things about them.
BBP: Any advice for new moms or dads?
Relax and enjoy it.
BBP: Any pets?
Two black and white cats and an extra stray one who has moved in. They are my Studio Assistants. But they are not very helpful.
BBP: Where did you grow up?
We moved around a lot. I was born in the north of England but grew up in Japan. Now I live in Kent, in the south of England, in a small village in the countryside.
BBP: What was your most prized possession as a kid?
My roller skates. My two brothers and I spent hours whizzing around on them. We invented all kinds of fancy moves.
BBP: What did your room look like growing up?
I lived in a lot of different houses so that’s a difficult question to answer. They were always filled with bright and colorful things, and usually quite messy (don’t tell my mum I said that).
BBP: Who is your favorite superhero and why?
My Dad. He can invent anything. He once made a boat trailer out of a lamp post.
BBP: What’s your favorite midnight snack?
BBP: Are you usually late, early, or right on time?
Too early. It drives my daughter crazy.
BBP: What is one thing you’ve always wanted to try but haven’t?
BBP: Favorite movie?
The Lord of the Rings Trilogy.
BBP: Beach or mountains?
BBP: Pencil or pen?
BBP: Coffee or tea?
Earl Grey Tea with milk out of a china cup.
BBP: Polka dots or stripes?
BBP: Bungee jumping or skydiving?
BBP: Tell us a fun fact about yourself!
I would love to be a zoo keeper.