louisa schwartz - meet the illustrator
Writer: Emma Ranne
Picture: Louisa Schwartz, @ectomorphe_
Every month we introduce you to one of the young creatives behind our Inlace Calendar for 2019. Last month went by so quickly that this month you’ll be treated with 2 interviews. Happy days!
Louisa is someone who’s work I’ve been admiring for years. I first run into her illustrations a couple of years ago when following my friend Miia’s adventures with her on Instagram. I was captivated by her unique style and use of bright colours. When Louisa agreed to make a drawing for our calendar, I was beyond the moon.
Louisa is a 24-year-old French illustrator, who would define herself as an illustrator but in reality sees herself as just someone who likes to create stuff related to illustration. She like to draw, to take pictures, to create products for her Etsy shop and to make videos for her YouTube channel. She also has a Patreon where she gives tips and advice to people who want to get into freelancing. ‘‘I’m a creative mind and I always need to create’’, she says.
I hope you like our interview with her as much as I do. Be sure to check out Louisas beautiful illustrations and collages on her instagram!
We would love to hear the story behind the power woman in your illustration.
Who is she and how does she inspire you?
I’ve drawn Simone Veil who is a role-model and a powerful woman. She was a survivor of the Auschwitz concentration camp and she fights her whole life to protect and defend women. As a politician she legalized abortion in France back in 1975. She was a determined and courageous woman and her fight for equality is still highly topical and current even 45 years later.
How did you get into drawing, what does it mean to you?
I got into drawing like everyone, when I was a kid at school. But when other kids grew up and started to follow new hobbies and passions, I sticked with drawing and 20 years later, this is still my passion. More than a passion actually, I would describe drawing like a need. I need to be creative, I need to draw to feel happy and to be myself.
What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?
Last year I went to Los Angeles to the Adobe Max Event with Adobe. I met people who had been working in the industry for years, which made me super shy and I felt like I lost all my confidence. I thought that because I was a newbie in the freelancing world, I wasn’t legitimate. But then someone told me that being a creative is not about your years as a freelancer, instead it’s about years as a creative. I’ve been drawing since I was 4 years old, so I have 20 years of experience in the creative world.
People don’t want to know for how long you’ve been into freelancing or how much money you earn. They want to see your creative soul, they want to see the different experiences and the styles you’ve tried before becoming the artist you are now. And this is what makes you legitimate as an artist.
What would your dream job be like?
I’m living my dream life because I’m having my dream job :)
List 10 single things that make you happy:
- My friends, family and my boyfriend
- Hot almond chai lattes
- The golden hour in the summer
- Late night talks with creative pals
- Japanese food (and especially a good ramen)
- Flowering trees during spring
- Starting a new sketchbook
- Flea markets and thrift shops
- Petting random cats on the streets
Where do you go when you need some inspiration?
I like to go into the city and observe people. Different personalities and behaviours are something that inspire me a lot. I love people.
What is a weird habit you have?
I talk to myself when I’m alone :)
What’s the best book you’ve read so far?
I couldn’t find an English version of it but in French it’s called : Les clés du Secret by Daniel Sévigny. (The keys of The Secret) It’s basically a book about the law of attraction, how to apply it, how to be grateful and more positive. It definitely changed my life.
3 songs that we should all put on our playlists?
- Daryl Hall & John Oates - You Make My Dreams
- Around the World - Daft Punk
- Young Folks - Peter Bjorn and John
The most beautiful place you’ve ever been to:
New Zealand in 2017. A must-see !