Artist Spotlight – Hollie Hulst

Every we week we enjoy getting to highlight one of our very talented doodlers! Today we are sharing more about Hollie Hulst aka @holliehulst.illustration


Hello! Please can you give us a brief little introduction about yourself?

Hello! I am an artist who loves creating abstract landscapes as well as illustrated paintings. I studied Illustration and Art Education in College. The last five years I have been teaching Elementary Art. I decided this year to stay home with my 2 year old and focus on freelance Illustration. My goal is to be a full time artist and children's book Illustrator. 😊


What inspires you?

Spending time in nature and observing plants and animals. As well as messy art experiences, I love just experimenting with materials and paint. Seeing what other artists are working on and how they use materials is always so interesting and inspiring.


What is your favourite thing to draw?

I love drawing animals and imaginary landscapes. Adding eyes to flowers and drawing tiny birds. I have been enjoying working on drawing more emotion in characters and animals which is really fun. Friday Doodle club has been wonderful, encouraging me to draw things I normally wouldn't think of!


What art goals do you have for this year?

I plan to finish up a series of abstract landscapes as well as a children's book about a duck! I hope to illustrate another book and work on my character illustration skills 😊


What techniques/supplies do you use?

I go back and forth between Traditional and Digital Art. My go to medium is Acrylic paint on wood, canvas, or paper. I love the texture and feel of mixing paint. I use lots of water and layers, then add in details with Prismacolor pencils. I sometimes venture into Gouache and watercolor. Recently I started painting in procreate and I have really enjoyed using Gouache and chalk brushes. Procreate is much easier to get work done with having a toddler running around!


What advice would you give to another doodler/artist?

Never give up on what you love to do. Experiment with new materials if you feel stuck, it can really make you see Art making in a new way. Draw all the time even if you don’t show it to others. Keep a sketchbook, you might be surprised by what you can create when you let go of expectations.


Where can people go to learn more about you or see more of your work?

Instagram: HollieHulst.Illustration

Website: www.Holliehulst.com

Facebook: Hollie Hulst Illustrations

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