Bryony Fripp is a fashion illustrator with a doodle twist. She currently creates from London with Camden Graphics and more. Her beautiful ‘Dream Little Dreams’ type-illustration caught the interest of my peepers a while back and now I find I simply have to know more about how she has developed her style and what inspires her creative work which includes body art…
What’s your story? How did you get to where you are today? I have always had a fascination with drawing. As a child I just loved to draw anything and everything (…especially 101 Dalmatians). I have now been a full time freelance illustrator for 2.5 years. I think myself to have been ridiculously lucky that Camden Graphics discovered my work and kick-started my career.
Which is your favourite doodled character illustration to date? Last week I was working on some designs of Mickey & Minnie which was an absolute ‘Disney’ dream come true!
What did you want to be when you were 10 years old? I have always-always-always wanted to be an artist. That was my dream since day one.
Which uni did you go to and what did you study? I went to the ‘Arts Institute at Bournemouth’ and surprise, surprise… I studied Illustration.
What’s the proudest moment of your career to date? Working for Kate Spade NY was incredible! I was in their Covent Garden shop for a whole day adorning their windows with drawings of everything “Kate Spade” – They are such an amazing brand offering an abundance of beautiful products. The evening event was magical too… My illustrations were decorating bespoke cupcakes. So chic.
Which project has been your career highlight? My career highlight thus far has definitely been designing a card for the Queen on her Diamond Jubilee for Camden Graphics. A special moment in our heritage and personally.
How do you promote yourself? I have been extremely lucky that a lot of people have actually stumbled across me. Working for Camden Graphics has offered me some great exposure as all of my card designs display my name on the back covers. Of course, social media is key and a good website is very important. I would say, never be afraid to contact people and companies that you want to work for with your portfolio and a personal message.
Do you love or loathe social media? I loathed it for a long, long time and have only recently started to love it. A facebook fan page is a great idea and the powers of instagram are incredible, especially for visually engaged audiences. When you are a freelancer you have to find some love for social media – It’s like a new rule.
Which tools do you use to create stuff? I live by the fine Uniball Eye-Pen and Photoshop.
Where do you find inspiration and where did your fabulous body artwork ideas come from? Well, the body artwork idea started 3 years ago and it has developed into an ‘In Your Dreams’ project whereby a beauty accessories brand provides makeup, paint and embellishment services for me to draw on people. I co-run this company with my business partner, Madeline Griffiths, who is also an illustrator & artist. We thought we could join forces & create something quite special and unique. We will also be launching our first temporary tattoo collection next month which is very exciting.
What’s your favourite music to work to? Anything chilled with a happy vibe to it. My favourite song at the moment is ‘Blue Veins’ by Little Shoes Big Voice.
Favourite pair of shoes? I live in little ballet pumps
And which magazine do you read religiously? Company
And finally, what do you spread on your toast in the morning? Butter and Jam or Peanut butter with banana! Mmmmm…