CREATIVE, IRONIC AND OUT OF THE ORDINARY: WHO IS THE ILLUSTRATOR JULIE HOUTS AKA @JOOLEELOREN?
How was your passion for illustration born?
I began drawing at an early age. I didn’t think I would necessarily pursue it as a career choice, but drawing was something I always loved to do for fun in my free time. I went to art school initially for painting but soon transferred into the fashion design program. I then worked as a fashion designer for seven years before transitioning into illustration full-time about a year ago.
You tell the female universe in an ironic way. How important is irony for you?
I use satire to convey an idea or a point I want to get across. It’s an important part of my personality and now my work as well.
How have your illustrations born?
Usually, I reading something or having a conversation that will spark an idea. I either take a note or draw something immediately to get the idea down. Sometimes I sit with an idea much longer and not know exactly how I want to translate it into an illustration.
Do you happen to identify yourself with your characters?
It depends on the illustration. Often I’m criticising behaviour that I notice in myself as well as in others.
From whom or what your inspiration come from?
Just from observing myself and those around me.
What are the muses of your life?
I can’t say that I really have any muses. I think my conversations I have with my friends can be really inspiring and help me work through ideas or come up with new ones.
After the collaboration with British Vogue and 500, can you reveal what your future projects will be?
I am working on developing a pilot for an animated television series based on my book, Literally Me. Beyond that, I plan to continue taking on freelance illustration work.
Photos courtesy of the artist