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LOLVE eCard illustrators: featuring children’s illustrator Molly Sage

LOLVE commissions only the finest artists to hand illustrate our eCards. Each artist has their own unique style which adds to the overall incredible quality of our ranges.

But we wanted to know a little bit more about each artist and what inspires them & makes them tick.

So we caught up with children’s illustrator Molly Sage, whose eCards include the popular ‘Owl’ & ‘Butterfly box’ and many more, with their distinctive matching surround borders which can be found at https://www.lolvegift.co.uk

So here’s 8 things we didn’t know about the very talented Molly

1) So Molly, tell us what inspires your creativity:

I live by the sea and I love to look at the large sweeping changing seascapes and dramatic skies. I enjoy focusing in on small details too, the design on some vintage material, the colours in an old vase, how the different colours complement or clash. I love colour!

2) You are a children’s illustrator- tell us about some of your work:

I mainly work on educational projects. I’m currently working on a large series of ebooks teaching children phonics for Blake education in Australia.

Some children are reluctant readers or have dyslexia (which I myself have). I think of those children when I illustrate as they need just a bit more to engage them and hold their interest.
Some of the action in the books takes place in the same setting and I have to be creative in focusing in on different aspects of the story- zooming in or out . My lovely editor Katy Pike and the author Sara Leaman at Blake give me a free rein to contribute ideas and I love the challenge .

3) Tell us a little about how you create your artwork:

I produce my work using Adobe illustrator, which works like a digital collage, the program is very flexible and allows me to experiment.

It’s so inspiring exploring colour, contrast and design adding detail and interest to things which could be seen as quite ordinary. The world is an amazing place. Aesthetics and a good environment are important to all our well being.

4) What 3 words do you feel describe you best?:

Imaginative, enthusiastic, determined

5) Where’s your happy place?:

Living in Whitstable looking out to sea with my little dog Meg and my lovely husband Clive who is always supportive. I love the simple things in life!

6) What has been your greatest achievement work wise to date:

Working on the phonics series- it’s been over 40 ebooks so far! I’ve seen my style develop, along with confidence in my own judgement of what works as the series of books have progressed. I’m always learning.

7) Tell us what appeals to you most about working with LOLVE:

Lizzy is great to work with. It was an open brief of creating an image of a gift/gift box, so I could be really creative with this idea.

8) Tell us something that would surprise us about you:

As well as having dyslexia, I also have dyspraxia and Aspergers. I’ve learnt to see my disabilities as a bonus.

I react to the world in a different way. Understanding and accepting that was a positive step forward and I started to see all the things I could do. I look at things from different perspectives which is a bonus when you are creative.

Thank you Molly, we loved learning more about you. Your work is incredible!

To see all of Molly’s eCards in LOLVE’s Everyday and Christmas ranges visit https://www.lolvegift.co.uk/

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To see more of Molly’s work go to https://www.behance.net/mollysage

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