Behind the Design: Rainbow by Holly Sharpe


Holly Sharpe is an artist and illustrator from Scotland, UK and she’s also a DENY artist. We had Holly sit down and answer a few questions to give us a peek into what makes her pencil drawings so captivating and what inspires her.

How do you stay creative? I try to keep my eyes and my heart open and awake to allow inspiration to come in from everywhere. From people, nature, music, writing, etc. This helps me to stay inspired and fuels my need to create. I pretty much always have ideas, too many in fact, so it is practice and experimenting and figuring out which ideas to pursue. Music and podcasts helped keep me motivated during days in the studio!


Above: Rainbow by Holly Sharpe Oversized Art Print + Hanger

What are you inspired by? Everything. I know it is cliché, but it is true. Music always helps. Being in nature is amazing. Other artists, designers and illustrators. Philosophy, writing, travel. And actually, maybe I shouldn’t admit this, but often I am inspired when I look through old work that I have done, maybe because I am less attached to it if it is from a while ago, and I can look at it more objectively and be proud that I created it.

What is your favorite trend and how have you incorporated it into your designs? Honestly, I try not to pay *too* much attention to trends, as they are so fleeting. I try to stick to my own ideas and follow what feels right. I am of course influenced by trends and what is around me, but I try not to focus on that too much. COLOUR, and a lot of it, will always be a big thing in my designs. I like bold pattern and colours, but I also love creating delicate, intricate details.

What is the story behind your favorite design in your DENY gallery? I’m not sure I have a favourite. Most of my designs in my DENY gallery have all taken shape in quite an organic process. I gather research and then I draw, paint, and mess around. Then the next step is usually to start to reflect and analyse what I have done, what works, what doesn’t and how I can develop that into a good design. Photoshop is the final stage.

Shop Holly’s whole gallery here!



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