A Day In The Life Of Chloe Bonfield
Where are you?
I am an illustrator living in London, in between Honour Oak, Peckham and Camberwell. I say this because I live with lots of other lovely people in Honor Oak, spend a lot of time in Camberwell with my cat and work in Peckham from a studio, bar and soon to be cafe! I also do a lot of work one education for the Mayors Thames Festival and Cardboard Cameras. So as you can guess my days can be pretty varied.
One of the best ways to start a day has to be looking at this lovely cats face.Followed by a trip into Peckham on the bus. This can sometimes by a highlight of the day.
Peckham has a lot to offer, and taking the bus and walk there is usually full of noise and colour. Under a railway arch near the station I share a studio with a really lovely film maker and many others. This space is really interesting as it also has a gallery and open studio set up.
Working in here can vary from working up drawings, then scanning away and fiddling and colouring on photoshop, to working all day on a video edit, which i seem to be doing a lot more of these days! I feel like its a bit of a luxury to have a space to work in, its brilliant to have somewhere to keep reference and all the bit and bobs. Although i have to admit there seem to be books and bits of paper all over my life. Perhaps this space is my attempt to get organised!
What inspires you?
After graduating from Camberwell College of Arts in 2008 with an illustration degree I have been working as a freelancer in all different areas. Everything always comes back to my love of narrative, story telling and the ties these have to anthropological history. Growing up in the country has given me a fascination bordering on obsession with nature. And with mans relationship to nature, how we harness it, change it and work with it. As well as these influences I collect many children’s books from 1930’s onwards and have a penchant for seeking out strange and obscure illustrations from the past. This uncovering detective work is an absolute joy.
How do you work? Techniques etc…
I usually work with ink and gouache, then using the computer to format and finalise. I have begun to make completely digital illustrations recently and it can sometimes work very well. I try not to rely on the computer too much. My background is rooted in printmaking. The physical process of making piece of work is very important to me. I feel it gives the work weight as well as making something completely new every time. I try to keep this in mind when taking on all briefs both commercial and personal.
What’s your dream job?
Well, I feel as though I am trying my best to create this dream job in day to day life. But let me tell you it is hard and tiring! I am opening a pop up cafe this summer with some friends, so I think my absolute dream would be to have a cafe/studio to make illustrations from, run workshops and sell coffee.. Hm not too much to ask?
Why did you get into illustration?
After trying to pursue fine art and art theory I realise that all I really cared about was drawing and also making things that can be distributed and shared between people. This wasn’t what I was finding at A level and foundation level, so through playing about with a few things, I realised that illustration was the answer. As a kid my favourite hobby was cutting up bits of paper and putting them everywhere, literally everywhere, I think my Mum had a total nightmare.
What piece of work are you most proud of and why?
I think that piece has yet to come! Um, although I am really very happy with a couple of sculptural pieces I have made. One recently for a christmas window display in Matches Wimbledon.
Check out Chloe’s Artwork on the Bright Art Licensing Website: http://brightartlicensing.com/artists/view/310