An interview with Meg Hunt
What inspired you to do this card? I've been thinking a lot about wordplay and linguistics-- they've always been a way for my brain to make interesting visual connections. So after reading a list of idioms, the phrase 'bull in a china shop' seemed really interesting to riff on-- what if I illustrated someone big and strong and brash who loved hobbies that require a lot more finesse. So I then asked myself, what would be this bull's favorite space? I decided to depict him trimming a delicate peacock topiary inside a greenhouse surrounded by his favorite things-- houses of cards, teacups, plants, books and models.
How did you approach the process? Everything starts with writing and sketching, and often I will use personal pieces to try a new method or tool. For this one, I experimented with an atomizer to mist ink onto masked out areas (like the apron) to get a unique texture. A lot of the character of the piece is figured out by mixing tools together and making marks that later get teased out and activated with color in Photoshop-- it's an organic and rich process for me to make new discoveries.
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