Rachael Taylor

I’m a spontaneous designer and author. I’m obsessed with nature, pattern, typography, colour and interior design.

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Where do you live?
Liverpool England, home of The Beatles!

Where have you lived?
I grew up in the Wirral, Merseyside and studied design in Liverpool. Shortly after I moved to Leeds for University and lived there for 13 years. In 2015 I relocated to Liverpool and I feel so grateful to be back in such a thriving, creative and cultural city

What medium do you use?
All of my work is hand-drawn – I use a combination of drawing pens and markers along with using paints and inks to create textures. I then work up my originals and create everything digitally. My preferred program is Adobe Illustrator

How do you stay inspired?
Music plays a big part – I’m constantly downloading and finding new material. The feel and rhythm of a song really effects the way I design. I love walking and exploring I never go anywhere without my camera or iPhone – I document everything around me from the beautiful to the mundane

Where do you buy your art supplies?
From a local stationery shop – I’m a big fan of Uni Pin pens

Do you work traditionally or digitally?
A mixture of the two, I like to feel personally connected to my work so I prefer to create my original drawings away from the computer. I really do work spontaneously and draw from my feelings and instinct and my design process just evolves very organically

What color combination are you most excited about right now?
I’m an official colour addict! At the moment I’m especially loving mustard, slate grey and blue colour combinations

What blog(s) do you read?
Make it in Design, Print and Pattern and sfsgirlbybay.com. I’m also addicted to Pinterest!

Why do you like being an illustrator in 10 words or less?
The spontaneity it brings, it’s hectic, crazy and fun!

If you weren’t an illustrator, what would you be?
An actress

What illustration job would you love to get (your dream job)?

I really LOVE Anthropolgie and Urban Outfitters, it would be my dream to create a line for them. My 20 Ways to Draw A Doodle book has been stocked in a number of their stores recently and now I just need to receive that dream commission! I’d love to design for a band or a musician particularly Paloma Faith!

Name something you do in your spare time.
I love to travel! I’m always booking lots of spontaneous trips!

What’s the strangest work experience you’ve ever had?
I was cast for a TV role in a police drama series and I played a girl who gets killed. You see me alive and playing a dead body! The footage was used for their major TV advert campaign too – it was all very surreal

What are you reading now?
Banksy – The Man Behind The Wall.

What recent book do you recommend for a good read?
Daniel Kahneman – Thinking Fast and Slow

Where would you like to travel to next?
Havana

What’s your favorite TV show?
Unforgettable, Peaky Blinders and Blue Bloods

What movie have you seen several times?
The Lost Boys and all of the Twilight films!

Who is your favorite cartoon character?
Arial from The Little Mermaid

Who are you in “The Office”?
In the UK office I’d say I’m a little like Gareth, just because he’s a little random and odd!

What is your favorite cheese?
Just regular Cheddar

If you could name a nail polish, what would you name it?
Spontaneous Eclectic

Do you wear shoes when you do art?
I always walk around bare foot in the studio!

What do you listen to while you work?
Everything. I really do have quite an eclectic taste in music. At the moment I’m loving Leon Bridges, Prince and Justin Bieber

What artist are you reincarnated from?
Jackson Pollock and Lucienne Day

What’s your middle name?
Marie

What do you wish your middle name was?
Something quirky and fun like ‘freedom’

If you could eat only one food, what would it be?
Chocolate!

How do you stay in shape?
I walk and dance lots and I have lots of nervous energy! I never sit still, I really am an excitable person and a fidget. I’m also always running around after my little boy Blayke too!

What is your current favorite font?
I’m a big fan of hand drawn lettering

How do you take your coffee?
White, no sugar and quite strong

Whom would you like to meet?
Will.i.am and Orla Kiely!

What question would you most like to be asked?
If you could be an animal what would you be? (I’d be a Unicorn)

What recent illustration job have you enjoyed doing?
I’ve recently started a fun typographic quote collection, I’m addicted to lovely quotes and words so it really has been a dream job!

What was your favorite illustration assignment?
Working on my 20 Ways to Draw a Doodle book

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Artscase (USA)
American Greetings (USA)
Card Crazy (UK)
Creative Converting (USA)
DENY Designs (USA)
Demdaco (USA)
Graham & Brown (UK)
Hallmark (UK)
Iconemesis (UK)
Milton & King (Australia)
Mollie Makes Magazine (UK)
Mpix (USA)
Oxfam (UK)
Paper Magic (USA)
Ritzenhoff (Germany)
Seascape Lamps (USA)
Soake (UK)
TeNeues (UK & USA)
Tigerprint (UK)
Topflight (USA)
UK Greetings (UK)
Quarry Books (USA)
Wallpapered (UK)
WH Smith (UK)
Zutano (USA)

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