Charlotte Trounce is an illustrator living in London. Her work is understated and gentle – a nod to Japanese minimalism and a child-like charm that resonates through her work. We had the opportunity to sit down with her and get to know what inspires her, her experience as an artist and what drives her to do the thing she loves most.
All photos by Mark Lukas.
Where are you from, and how far does this shape your illustration style?
I grew up in Cambridgeshire, which wasn’t the most inspiring place, although I was always drawing from a young age. Going to university in Falmouth to study illustration, gave me the space I needed to explore image making, play around and make mistakes, and begin to develop the illustration style I have today. But I think moving to London has had the biggest impact on my work, I’m constantly inspired by the city and the people and it’s amazing to work within such a successful creative community.
What has being an illustrator taught you about the creative industry?
I’ve had the opportunity to work with a number of different companies and studios and I still feel like I learn something new with each project that comes in. I’ve learnt that it’s really important to be easy to work with, to be flexible and to always meet deadlines on time – if clients like working with you, they will nearly always ask you to work with them again and when you’re freelancing regular clients are great. That being said, I also think it’s important to stand up for yourself and your ideas – I’m learning to speak up when I don’t think something is working.
What has been your favourite project so far?
I worked with It’s Nice That on a project for Art Fund and spent nearly a month visiting as many museums and galleries as I could fit in and recording what I discovered. It was exhausting, but definitely a dream project!
How do choose what projects you take on?
After 6 years of freelancing, I’m luckily at a point where I don’t have to take everything on. I know now which projects are suitable for me and what kind of clients I want to work with, so I can be quite selective. Occasionally a project comes in that is outside of my comfort zone, but it’s always good to try working in new ways as that is definitely what allows my style to continually develop.
What does your studio look like? Are there three things that you always have to hand?
I share a studio with two set designers who regularly build in the space, so it’s often quite messy! I try to keep my corner of the room as organised as possible, but I like to have a lot of imagery and books around me for inspiration. Three things I always have to hand are my laptop, a sketchbook and a scanner, but I wouldn’t get very far without my paints, brushes and a big stack of paper.
What music are you listening to at the moment?
My boyfriend’s Spotify playlist – so whatever he is listening to!
Describe a typical day: what does your routine look like?
I try to get to the studio around 9.30am. I make a cup of tea and then usually try to deal with any admin, reply to emails, write invoices etc, before I get down to proper work – which can be anything from working on ideas for a new project, painting final artworks or working on photoshop to pull everything together. We usually have a shared studio lunch and a good break before continuing on with afternoon work. My day usually finishes around 6. I like to keep to normal working hours where I can, I think it’s important to keep evenings and weekends free.