Jenny Lefèvre’s flowers and portraits

Thanks Jenny aka @jenny_illustrations for taking part in our favourite illustrators’ interviews series!

Let’s start the questions!

How long have you been drawing?

I drew a little as a teenager but I quickly stopped for my studies. It was during my parental leave in 2016 that I started to draw again and more particularly to paint. At first it was to find a hobby and it became a real passion. Today, I would like to do my job.

What’s your process?

I usually find an image that inspires me in a book or on the Internet, and then I try to create something new. I start with the sketch and then I start painting. I sometimes repeat 5x my watercolors until I am satisfied with the result.

Digital vs traditional?

I really like digital drawing, but watercolor painting has become more important lately and I am now focusing solely on that.

How long does it take to create it?

It all depends on the idea that I have in mind. Some are more complex than others, I would say between 1h and 10h.

Is it a hobby or your career?

I work hard to make this passion my job.

Why do you draw?

Painting and drawing do me a lot of good because it allows me to escape and create. It is truly comforting and rewarding to see the result of many hours of work and to be proud. Even if the result is not always perfect, there is always something to learn.

What inspires you?

I am very inspired by nature. I like using Pinterest to find pictures of plants or portraits to reproduce.

What is the biggest obstacle that you have faced?

In my creative career, having no artistic training, the biggest obstacle I encountered was having to progress quickly to catch up. It requires a lot of perseverance and curiosity.

What is the proudest moment that you have achieved?

I’m proud of many things, but I think the best time is when I gave birth to my twin daughters. It was a very difficult pregnancy and I was hospitalized for a very long time to prevent them from being born too early.

What is the biggest obstacle that you have faced?

In my creative career, having no artistic training, the biggest obstacle I encountered was having to progress quickly to catch up. It requires a lot of perseverance and curiosity.

You have one day to live, how do you spend it?

If I had one day to live, I would pass it without hesitation with my family and we would talk about our best days.

Jenny with her two twin daughters and her dog.

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