Lo Parkin is a freelance illustrator based in London who specialises in hand-rendered fashion illustration, type and architectural drawings. She takes inspiration from structures, urban cultures, fashion and patterns. She has worked with a number of brands such as Rimmel London, Elle magazine and Warehouse. We caught up with her to find out a bit more about her work and where she gets inspiration from...
- How has social media helped you raise awareness of your work?
Just obvious reasons I suppose, I believe meeting people and maintaining working relationships is upmost important however social media is great for helping get the word out about what you're up to work-wise and it’s always great to get feedback. I think another benefit is it allows people to identify with others in terms of their interests and inspirations.
- Do you refer to any blogs for inspiration?
Alongside my illustration I’m also a fashion editor for People of Print so I have an ongoing list of blogs and websites I refer to, Booooooom, Patternity and Hurtyoubad have been staples in my toolbar since I can remember. There’s also an amazing selection of imagery, concepts and outputs coming from both Case Studyo and Les-Graphiquants which are well worth checking out.
- Who are your favourite instagrammers?
- What projects have you got in the pipeline?
I’ve been working on a lot of windows so far this year so I’m taking a little break from that at the moment and getting my teeth stuck into a couple of series of architectural drawings. In my freelance work I’ll be working on some fashion illustrations for a well known high-street brand and I also have some hand-drawn type due to drop soon I’m pretty hyped about, unfortunately I can’t say much more about it other then watch this space!
- Your favourite thing to... eat?
Fish & chips
- Your favourite thing to…make?
Architectural drawings and type
- Your favourite thing to...do?
Swimming in the sea & going to carboot sales
Check out more of Lo Parkin's work on her website... www.loparkin.com