Equipped with the essential combination of pencil and paper, Steph Morris's work showcases the perfect union of skill, heart and style in her illustrations. Steph's patient approach and execution defies the frantic pace of the culture that she bases her work upon. We caught up with Steph at the adidas Originals EQT Creators Studio in London to find out about her creative process.
Let’s kick it off with the basics, what is essential to you?
Detail - To me, detail tells the story, you don’t really see an image until you look within the image and notice the detail that goes into creating the bigger picture. Textures, tones, colours are all found within the detail.
How long does each project take to complete?
Depends on the size. I’ve recently started creating more larger pieces as I can include more detail. My A4 projects usually take me around 20 hours. My larger projects can take me up to 100 hours in total. With these, I approach it like work and will sometimes spend 10 hours a session creating the most detailed elements.
What is your best creative environment?
It can’t be silent. I always work with some music on or a podcast or even a film. Background noise allows me to really focus.
Is your art and creative output a reflection of your character?
Funny enough, it really isn’t actually. My art takes a lot of time so I have to be patient with the process. But I’m probably the most impatient person you’ve ever met! I guess my art is my therapy, it helps me balance.
What has been a defining moment of your career so far?
For me, it was probably the moment I quit my job, moved to London and went freelance full time. As a creative, this is such a big one to make but you have to take that leap and believe in your art.
The EQT Creator Studio is open until Friday 25th August at: Victoria House, Southampton Row, London, WC1B 4DA.
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