Give a warm welcome to the newest member of the Illo roster, Floss Pottage!
Floss Pottage, originally from Lincolnshire countryside is inspired by beliefs in the importance of diverse representation, so that we're inclusive and that people can feel it's relatable to them. Floss is already on the right track because that is what Illo is all about!
Just so you can get a chance to know more about her, her's our recent Q&A for you to feast your eyes over.
When did you start illustrating?
I have been drawing since I could hold a pencil, I was inspired by my dad at an early age. Whilst I was falling asleep he would sit on the landing and draw unicorns flying over castles, teddy bears in planes, and racing cars, for my brother and me to colour in the next morning.
Who has been the most supportive in your illustration career, perhaps your teacher, family, friends?
My parents have always been very supportive. I thought medicine or science were the career paths I should go into. After not enjoying science A-Levels my parents supported my decision to take illustration seriously and pursue it at university.
Did you always think art was something that was going to be a major part of your life?
It's always been a big part of who I am. As a child, I was always drawing in my spare time and I would draw for my friends at primary school. However, at high school, I didn't enjoy art GCSE and thought I would never pursue it professionally so I decided to take sciences for my A-Levels. I didn't enjoy this either and went back to doing art at college and then university which was the best decision I could have made. My art teacher always told me she thought I should pursue illustration - she was right!
What is your favourite subject matter to illustrate?
This is something that varies but when I'm doodling I always come back to hands, mugs, and shoes. For some reason, they are just so satisfying to draw!
How would you describe your style?
A tricky question, I aim for it to be fun and friendly so I hope that's what comes across!
What is your favourite collaboration to date?
Whilst at university I collaborated with two creative writers from another university and I created a comic. I really enjoy making comics and working with creative writers on a subject matter I wouldn't usually choose was a fun challenge.
What interested you about being represented by Illo Agency?
I am passionate about representation in children's media and I want every child to be able to relate to the characters they read about. When I read that Illo Agency was passionate about representation as well I felt that we would be a good match.
Do you have a favourite author, film director, or designer?
This is always changing. I have just finished Joseph Fink's book Alice Isn't Dead which was a great read. Like a lot of artistic people I love Wes Anderson's films, they're so beautiful.
Are you working on any personal projects you can share with us?
At the moment I'm working on developing my character design skills, so I'm drawing lots of different people in an effort to improve the individuality of the characters I draw. I am also researching folklore which I am keen to make comics about.
Do you listen to podcasts? If so, do you have a favourite?
I love to listen to podcasts when I'm home alone. I have recently finished working my way through The Adventure Zone, which I absolutely loved! The storytelling was amazing and the McElroy’s had me laughing, nearly crying, and on the edge of my seat. I was so sad to finish their first campaign 'Balance', I grew very attached to the characters.
Thank you Floss for spending time to tell us more about you. If you are interested in working with Floss, see more of her work here and please reach out if you think you have a perfect project for her! [email protected]
at illo agency we pride ourselves in representing a collation of global illustrators, distinctly diverse in creativity and uniquely celebrated by like-minded clients across a range of commercial markets. Written by Anika Joseline Irie.