For the past two seasons, we’ve worked with La Scarlatte to help bring our campaigns to life through her beautiful illustrations. We love watching her work evolve—from vibrant summer sketches to bold and rich fall tapestries.
We spoke to her at the beginning of summer to hear all about her process and what inspires her.
Meet Our Illustrator: La Scarlatte
A freelance illustrator based out of Amsterdam, Netherlands, La Scarlatte first caught our eye for her delicate attention to detail and playful use of color. But when we asked her a few questions about her life and artistic process, we really fell in love. Read on to learn why we’re so inspired by the rockstar artist behind our Summer ’17 illustrations!
What does your creative process look like?
When I’m creating personal work, an artwork can be thoroughly researched and extensively sketched out before I start on a final artwork, but it can also develop naturally without any preparation. With clients, I always work on a concept and create sketches first, and then create the final artwork. Most of the time I create the artwork as one drawing, then scan it in and color it digitally. But for Kendra Scott, I created every item separately.
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What about Kendra Scott’s Summer 2017 Collection inspired your illustrations?
This summer collection has a really great sea and coral vibe, so I paid a visit to the aquarium and tried to find corals, animals, and seaweed that had a similar texture as the jewelry. Kendra Scott already had this beautiful color palette for the items in the collection, and I added a few colors to complement them.
Can you tell us a little bit about how you achieve such detailed illustrations?
Mostly it requires patience. 🙂 But when I turn on some music or an audio book, I can totally immerse myself into a drawing and usually it’s deciding when to stop that is the most difficult part.
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not in the studio?
I really love music, especially singing. I play the piano and guitar (although I’m terrible at the latter). Currently, I’m teaching myself to play the ukelele, which was my one and only New Year’s resolution. And you can find me in the woods, the dunes and by the sea a lot during the weekends, I love to wander around and find all kinds of specimens, which I draw for reference.
Would you like to share any wisdom with aspiring artists?
Dare to create something horrible. When experimenting, only 1 out of 20 things is probably worth something to you, but you need to create the 19 others to get to that one artwork you’re really proud of.
Like what you see? Our full Summer 2017 Collection launches tomorrow, April 12!