Erin Taniguchi is an illustrator and printmaker living in Vancouver, BC. She is a graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design. Erin’s work is influenced by spirituality, animals, yoga, handmade items, and printmaking methods, particularly relief printing. She works primarily in a combination of linocut prints and digital. Her work can be described as thought-provoking, weighty and contemplative. Erin is easy to work with, open to ideas and meets deadlines. Her illustration work has been featured in magazines in Canada and the USA, and she also has images available for download from iStock.
How long have you been an illustrator?
What kind of illustration do you specialize in?
How would you describe your style?
I use linocut as my medium, so my style is quite bold. My pieces tend to have a weighty, contemplative feel.
Can you describe your process when creating new work?
I always start with thumbnails and do a rough sketch before starting any illustration. From the rough sketch, I create a final drawing and transfer it to the lino. I then carve out the lino block and print it by hand in black ink. Then I scan in the print and color it digitally in Photoshop. I also tend to separate my illustration into pieces and collage them together digitally in Photoshop.
What type of clients do you work with?
I work with art directors at magazines for editorial work. I also work with small businesses and private clients creating logos. I am starting to work with independent authors creating book covers.
What type of projects are most exciting to you?
I enjoy the editorial projects and the challenge of creating a visual from a piece of text. Lately, I have been illustrating short fiction pieces, and those are quite fun.
What are some of your favorite projects to date?
The short fiction pieces. Recently I illustrated a fiction piece for Broken Pencil magazine and had a lot of creative freedom for it. I enjoy the projects with a lot of creative freedom the most.
What goals do you have for your illustration business?
I would like to work with big editorial clients like the New York Times. Ideally, I would like to be doing a mix of editorial illustration and gallery work. I have had a couple small art shows and would like to do more gallery shows.
Are you self-taught or professionally trained?
I have a graphic design background and went back to school and studied illustration and printmaking. My current illustration style reflects my love of printmaking, which emerged in art school.
Please describe an average day in your life
Currently, I work half time at an art store, but on my days off I work on freelance work. Generally, mornings are for emails and administrative work, and afternoons I will go to my local coffee shop and work on sketches or roughs there. If I am working on the final linocut I work at home.
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