Linda studied at the Atlanta College of Art in Georgia, and then Central Saint Martins in London.
“Although my work is mostly computer-generated, I always start out with sketches and develop from there. I constantly take photos of colour combinations I like when I’m out and about, so I always have fresh colour palettes ready to use on future projects,” says Linda.
Linda’s illustrations have a dynamic and optimistic feel to them, with a postmodern edge. She explores with colour, pattern and type, producing bold and playful imagery that often appeals to lifestyle brands. “Whether I’m creating images for packaging or for an in-store installation, I always want it to be attention-grabbing and full of positivity,” she adds.
Question: What led you to become an illustrator? Season: I wanted a change from working at the same desk in a design agency/corporate media company everyday – it was really unsatisfying. I was freelancing on the side for quite a while, and my gut was just screaming at me to do it full time. I wish I had done it sooner!Question: Did you study illustration at college? Season: I studied Fine Arts at the Atlanta College of Art and Design, and then found I preferred Illustration and Graphic Design. I did love sculpture and pottery too, so maybe I'll make another career change later in life!Question: Where did you grow up? Season: My childhood was in Okinawa, then America. Question: Where do you live now and what drew you there? Season: London is now the place I've been the longest. I was attracted by adventure, and ended up staying and applying for citizenship. I still love the chaos, creativity, and all the great things to do.Question: Describe your studio for us Season: It's a cozy room with a digital radio and really bright lights – that's all I need to stay focussed.Question: Who or What is your biggest inspiration? Season: I admire anyone who just follows their gut and goes for whatever they want to do. Anyone who combines creativity, hard work, self-belief, instinct and most of all are just decent people.Question: How do you get your ideas? Season: I keep a sketchbook of notes and messy scribbles – most things pop in my head in the middle of the night, early morning, or on the Central Line.Question: Do you collect anything? Season: I have lots of books that I'm always trying to trim down, but they always seem to multiply. I also keep things like printed labels, cards, stickers, printed packaging – anything that has nice colours, patterns, illustrations or typography. I have a box of wind-up toys that I want to display once I have a bigger studio, and I have over 20 years of gig tickets in a box.Question: Do you keep a Scrapbook? Season: Not unless Instagram counts.Question: Tell us about a favourite project you've recently completed. Season: I recently collaborated with an agency on illustrations and icons for a hot sauce label. It was a fun project with a great team – and I always get a lot of satisfaction from seeing my illustrations on packaging (and animating them).Question: What would be your dream job/commission? Season: I'd love to create imagery for large scale commissions, for either an indoor or outdoor space. I like the idea of creating something that people will interact with daily. If they ever created a 29rooms in London, I'd love to collaborate! (http://www.29rooms.com/) I also love illustrating packaging for beauty products and illustrations for advertising.Question: Why is illustration such a powerful medium? Season: It's universal – no language barriers. Also, it's flexible – hanging as art in a gallery, covering product, on packaging, worn, improving public spaces or translating ideas in editorial.Question: What makes a really good client brief? Season: I love collaborating with Art Directors that inspire you into a general mood or direction, but allow you to also elaborate ideas and suggestions, and help expand the project into something bigger.Question: Name some of your Art & Design Heroes? Season: Tadanori Yokoo, Peter Max and Patrick Caulfield, The Memphis Group, Paula Scher.Question: If you were not an illustrator, what would you be? Season: I keep thinking of things large scale and 3D – colourful sculpture, filling a space.Question: What's the best advice you've ever been given? Season: Trust your gut feeling.Question: If money were no object, would you continue to illustrate? Season: Yes – this is what I've always wanted to do.Question: If you could travel back in time, who would be the one person you would want to meet and why? Season: Go forward, not backwards.