In the Studio: Charlie Weatherstone

This month dot-art speaks to artist Charlotte Weatherstone.

“I’m an illustrator designer and print maker based in Liverpool.

I studied Graphic Arts at LJMU. I graduated and joined established brand / marketing / web agency NONCONFORM.

I’m a versatile illustrator and work on found objects, paper, wood, a computer and brick walls. I use anything from a pencil to spray paint. My sources of inspiration include: Astronomy, Art Nouveau, Nature, Calligraphy & Classical Ballet.”

Can you describe your style?

Energetic unpolished elegance.

Which medium do you work with and what do you like about it specifically?

I use a variety of materials from a pencil, printing ink to spray paint. I do prefer the unpredictable and surprising results you can get from ink and spray paint. I also love typography – building typefaces or making bespoke logos etc. I find messing about with type quite therapeutic.

Can you talk us through your process? Do you begin with a sketch, or do you just go straight in? How long do you spend on one piece? How do you know when it is finished?

It depends what it is for. Sometimes I start with a sketch, sometimes it is spontaneous. I usually know when it WAS finished – I often go a step too far and over-do it! But learn from these mistakes and try again. I do however enjoy work (not just mine) that has an unfinished quality about it.

When did you begin your career in art?

When I left art college – a long time ago now!

Who or what inspires your art?

Many things inspire me – it might be down to everyday things for example, something I have read, a particular pose in a magazine or my mood. I would say my main sources are astronomy, calligraphy, the flowing locks of Art Nouveau figures and fashion photography.

Why is art and creativity important to you?

It allows you to escape. I also enjoy making things for people.

What do you gain from being a member with dot-art?

Opportunities to exhibit and get involved in different projects.

What does it mean to be an artist in the Liverpool City Region?

It’s good to be associated with a varied and talented bunch of people.

What are you working on at the moment?
Illustration and typographic projects. Also making a set of prints inspired by planetary storms.
What was the best advice given to you as an artist?
Don’t overthink it.

Discover more of Charlotte Weatherstone work on our online shop!