[EXCLUSIVE] Our Interview with Illustrator Brenna Daugherty

Photo: Brenna Daugherty




Hi Brenna! Tell us a bit about yourself!
Hi! I’m a daydreaming, cat-loving, vintage clothing connoisseur and freelance illustrator with a knack for clumsiness living in Santa Rosa, California. When I don’t have my head buried in a sketchbook, you can find me in San Francisco, where I work at a vintage style pin-up photography studio.

When did you discover your love for illustrations?
I’ve been drawing and painting for as long as I can remember. I was sort of the shy, quiet girl when I was younger, so art was an incredible outlet and voice for me.



Where do you get your ideas and inspirations from?
I’m rather obsessed with the past, so I find almost anything related to 1940s and '50s fashion and culture highly inspirational. I also admit to being a major girly girl – I count fluffy cats, ornate teacups, and floral prints among my biggest inspirations when I set forth to make a new piece.

What are your favourite tools/equipment to work with?
I was trained in college as a fine artist – oil paints and graphite were my favorite materials, but since then I’ve branched into the world of digital art as well, so I’ve most recently been illustrating with a combination of traditional drawing and PhotoShop.

Who do you dream of working with?
Kate Spade, ModCloth, Dear Creatures, Zooey Deschanel.



If you could only work with one colour, which one would it be, and why?
Dusty rose. It’s soft and unobtrusive, but classic and feminine as well.

Where is the one place on the planet you have dreamed of visiting?
I had an overnight layover in Paris once and had only a few hours to see the city. That short glimpse of such an iconic place was such a tease – I must return!



What is success to you?
To make a living from my art would mean the world to me. I spent years honing my skills in school and dreaming of making it as an artist (and being told that it is impossible), so to be able to fully support myself from work that I create and prove those doubters wrong would be an incredible success.

What would you do if you win a million dollars?
Jump up and down, buy too many dresses, and then take that trip back to Paris.

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