Guest Illustrator: Where the wild thing creates
Her characters seem to end up as ‘Jes’ in various forms – so, who are they and who are you, I ask; lots of female characters that are cheeky, feisty slightly adventurous- an illustrative autobiography perhaps. Inspiration is drawn from 1960’s picture books, the Moomins, she is influenced by ideas of magic, what is dark and what is trendy by her own admission she ‘could go either way’. In addition to her illustration she is currently writing 3 children’s books; we spend my next whole cup of tea going through the plot of one; I am utterly entranced. The next step to get them finished and published they are books full of explorers and imaginary friends. “I’m still fleshing them out – no titles yet.”
Jes has an online shop – choc full of painted wooden figurines who live in ‘Hinterland’, a whole world of her own creation. Inhabited by Hinterfolk – each doll has a character to suit a personality and at last count Jes has turned her kitchen into a mini sweat shop, such is the rush on the Hinterfolk!
To concentrate and create she listens to music, the music of choice is dependent on the story she is designing, whilst illustrating a graphic novel Jes listened to Blue Grass and fever ray – she also finds it relaxing to watch science documentaries tuning in half in half out. To do the GCG Jes listened to jazz music that she stole from her Dad’s collection, I love this. A girl after my own heart Jes spends the day drinking endless cups of tea: builders tea, milk no sugar. Although she doesn’t have a daily ritual she is very picky about pens and paper, though they often get lost. From 3pm onwards she is in the zone. Morning is usually for admin and mulling over ideas from the night before. Ideas and the best of them come out of nowhere. The special ideas never work if she tries too hard on them, when she relaxes they just appear out of the ether. Do they keep her awake, I ask. “Nope, usually just as I’m going off to sleep they come” – back into the wild.
Anything else? Sennen Cove is one her of favourite Cornish places.