Featured Artist: Nic Squirrell

Nic Squirrell

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.

Yo Ho Ho Nursery Art Print By BoomBoom Prints Artist Nic Squirrell

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).

Nic Squirrell Jellies WIP

 

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?

Chocolate.

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?

Hang gliding.

BBP: Favorite movie?

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy.

BBP: Beach or mountains?

Mountains.

BBP: Pencil or pen?

Pen.

YoHoHo sketch

BBP: Coffee or tea?

Earl Grey Tea with milk out of a china cup.

BBP: Polka dots or stripes?

Polka Dots.

BBP: Bungee jumping or skydiving?

Skydiving.

BBP:  Tell us a fun fact about yourself!

I would love to be a zoo keeper.

 

A Bad Day for Sailors Nursery Print By BoomBoom Prints Artist Nic Squirell

The Fox and the Forest by BoomBoom Prints Artist Nic Squirrell

Birds doing Bird Things Stationery by BoomBoom Prints Artist Nic Squirrell

Oh Bouy Onesie by BoomBoom Prints Artist Nic Squirrell

 

 

6 Comments

  1. a question for Nic–what app(s) do you use on the iPad for your art?

  2. Sam

    I really enjoyed this interview and I love how quirky the little characters are! I’m especially fond of the fox in the woods piece.

  3. Great work. I really like the Jellies on Plates! Looking forward to seeing more!

Leave a Comment