Paula Blanche is a designer and freelance illustrator based in Iquique, Chili where she studied Integral Design. Her illustrations are infused with her love of fashion and often feature her favourite style icons. Paula talks to Olive Road Journal and tells us about her work:

Tell us a bit about yourself and how you became interested in design? 

I'm a designer and a freelance illustrator, and I love fashion. I've liked to draw since I was little, and all my family does it, so in a way I'm preserving a family tradition. My mother moved me be a designer; at first I wanted to be a fashion designer, but when I realized it wasn't my thing, I decided to channel my love of fashion through drawing.

How would you describe your work and style?

I would describe my style as simple and minimalist, without overwhelming elements and colours. My style has also been evolving, since at first it was softer and I used more pastel, but now I'm using more freehand lines to create more sophisticated images.



It's clear from your illustrations that you have an appreciate of fashion, and you describe yourself as a 'lover of fashion and film.' How has fashion and film influenced your illustrations and where do you look for inspiration?

I get inspired by looking at fashion blogs and magazines to find new ideas for my work. I enjoy drawing girls that inspire attitude and subtlety at the same time. In films, I like watching actresses that I admire for their talent as well as for their beauty and style.

You often feature celebrities, who are your favourite celebrities to illustrate?

One of my favourite celebrities is 'It girl' Alexa Chung. She's got a really cool style, and she's also a beautiful girl with a very defined personal style; that inspires me. My other favourite celebrity is one of the actresses I admire the most: Keira Knightley. She's got a very delicate beauty and a sophisticated style. I love the way she always matches casual clothes with a Chanel purse.


What is the most exciting piece of freelance work you've worked on?

I think one of the most exciting and fun things I've worked on was when Jesy Almaguer, the mexican photographer, asked me to intervene some photos of children's fashion that she had taken, it was very different from my usual work; a very experimental and interesting job.

What are you working on at the moment and what are your hopes for the future?

Right now I'm working on some illustrations for a fashion book in China that's scheduled for printing next year. In my future I'd like to keep perfecting my style and experimenting with illustration. A big dream for me would be working with a big fashion brand.



*The images shown in this post were supplied by and are copyrighted to Paula Blanche.