QUIRKY WORKS - Interview with Lizzy Pikaar

What made you decide to become an illustrator?

I was born in Leiden, The Netherlands and grew up in a very creative and musical family. It started when I was a little girl with the age of seven, I had an computer in my room and I was always drawing little stories in MS Paint. I would print it out and read it before I went to sleep. My father (who has a fascination for art as well ) and I were always busy trying new stuff like clay animation or dancing in front of a camera with cool visual effects. When I got a little older, I was always watching other Dutch illustrators on tv and I was a huge fan of the Dutch television show called “Villa Achterwerk.” Since then, it became one of my inspirations to become an illustrator. I always wanted to work for a tv show like that or make my own animated show in the future, so I decided to take a shot and I applied to the Willem De Kooning Academy in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

Can you tell us a little bit about your style? How has it progressed, or changed, over the years?

All of my illustrations are drawing by hand, but the I pick the colors in Photoshop. My illustrations are playful, funny and a little quirky like my personality. The illustrations are not perfect, I love that its unique and not trying to be perfect. Before this, I was always trying different things like aquarelle and acrylic paintings, but I like how the digital style looks. So for now I’m working with this and maybe it will change in the past years who knows.

What influences/influenced your characters and subject matter?

My inspiration comes from a lot of different things. I’m always searching for funny typical Dutch stories by people in the papers, and making my own character from it. I think I’m obsessed with the 90s. I get inspired by movies or rooms from the 90s. One of my favorite 90s tv show is “Beavis and Butthead” by Mike Judge, it has a huge influence on my work. It's amazing how everything fits well. I think you can easily find those influences back in my work. Also"Bob's Burgers" is one of my favorite show from this time. Love the colors as well!

What are some styles or visual trends you appreciate in the world of illustration?

I really like new technology developments in the world of illustration. The new Virtual Reality Glasses is something that I really want to work on in the future. I think everything is becoming digital and mostly 3D, so I want to learn more about this new trend.

What do you like to do when you’re not illustrating?

I love to find some vintage treasures and look for clothes at the local thrift-stores. I’m also busy redesigning my house! I am always finding something new to do.

What are you 2018 goals?

I would love to make some animations in 2018. I really want to make an illustration/animation instagram about one of my characters.

What is your favorite song, band, or artist to listen to while you're illustrating and animating?

My favorite album while I’m Illustrating is Definitely from The Chemical Brothers – Exit Planet Dust. It brings some old memories up from when I was a little kid and also its very energetic to illustrate on it.