Forest Black by Anette Sommerset

Thanks Anette aka @ankatsom for taking part in our black and white illustrators’ interview series! 

How long have you been drawing?

 I’ve been drawing for as long as I can remember. As far back as in kindergarten I was mostly interested in painting and drawing. As soon as I had a pen in my hand growing up I started doodling. In 2016 I slowly started to get more serious about it.

What’s your process?

 I always start by making fast sketches, mostly to try out ideas and find a good composition. I have a small book that I use for this purpose.  After that I draw it on a piece of paper using a pencil.  Once I’m satisfied with how it looks I finish it with ink pens. If I decide to draw it digitally I take a picture of the sketch and import it to a drawing program on my iPad.

Digital vs traditional?

 It’s not so long ago since I started to draw digitally. I enjoy it, but I think it’s something special about the traditional way. Somehow I feel more in control when I draw with pen and paper.

How long does it take to create it?

 Normally it takes between 1-4 hours, depending on the complexity and the technique I use. Most of the pieces I make are not very big in size. When drawing bigger I sometimes spend a few days on a drawing.

Is it a hobby or your career?

 It’s turning in to a career, which I’m very grateful for.

Why do you draw?

 Most of all because I love it. I always did and I think I always will. One of the things I really like is to get lost in a drawing. I find it very relaxing at the same time as it keeps me focused. I suppose you could say it’s therapeutic in a way.

What inspires you?

 Nature is my biggest source of inspiration. I grew up in Norway with beautiful nature all around. Sometimes it’s enough for me to go hiking in the woods to find new ideas. I also always liked geometry and patterns. I suppose that’s why I like to combine it with nature in my designs.

What is the proudest moment that you have achieved?

 A couple of years back I made a decision to leave my job and what I considered safe and familiar behind in order to move to another country.  Even it was challenging I knew it was the right thing for me to do, and I know I’ll never regret it.

What is the biggest obstacle that you have faced?

 Working on becoming a full time artist. It definitely takes a lot of effort, but it’s what I feel the most that I want to do.

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

 I would spend it with the people I love. It wouldn’t matter so much what we would be doing as long as we would be together.

How can people get in contact with you?

Feel free to send me an email or direct message on IG anytime.



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