Friday, February 3, 2012

Debbie Mourtzios PIO issue 263 Oct 2009

What’s this illustration for?

Footy show Fitzroy nursery exhibition in September. Mono print titled Saturday morning football.  

Do you have to wait for a flash of inspiration – how do you start?

Client based work comes with a brief then it’s a matter of negotiation on image content. Exhibiting artwork inspirations for me come from, my immediate experiences, and environment.  

How did you get started as an illustrator?

Always drew. Natural progression to be here. Did graduate with a diploma in design way back when computers were a bit of excitement in the distance. We spent about 9 hours a week drawing at RMIT so you either loved it or moved on.  

Who or what has influenced your work?

Illustrators like Robert Cunningham and Milton Glaser during RMIT days, people like Daumier, Barbra Kruger, Paula Rego and Ricky Swallow as the years roll on. Debbie.  

What’s your favorite media for creating pictures?

The favorite part is not the media, because that is determined by the emotive quality represented in the image. So soft can be water colour, strong can be gouache or lino prints, texture can be cut or torn paper.  

Do you experience illustrators block?

Sometimes, but its just a matter of looking at the problem from a different angle. Illustration is about problem solving, whether its media or composition.  

What’s the worst thing of being an freelancer?

Keeping contacts current and networking.  

And the best? The best is drawing and coming up with ideas!  

What are you working on at the moment?

Currently working on 2 pieces of work for the annual footy exhibition at the Fitzroy Nursery and writing and researching my first children’s book .  

Where can we see more of your work? The Australian print workshop – Gertrude st. Fitzroy Monash Medical Center. A. R .C- Hazard online magazine Also google me!

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