\n\n\n\n\nNature, wildlife and landscapes are a few of the many elements that inspire this artist’s style. Get lost in the wilderness with our Tattify artist, Anna Stead, as she introduces her love for pen an ink and medieval history and literature.\n\n\nQ: How did you first get into illustration?\nA: I drew all the time as a child, right up until my teens when I lost interest for a while. I used to love lying in the floor in front of the TV, doodling away. I had a passion for drawing things in miniature, which has an influence on my current work now. I rediscovered my love of illustration a couple of years ago when I tried my hand at pen and ink – and I haven’t looked back since!\nQ: What influences you creatively?\nA: I draw much of my inspiration from nature, particularly the wildlife and landscapes of Scotland. I am in love with wild places and things. I also draw inspiration from my passion for history (I was a student of medieval history and literature) and my favourite books – I am a huge Tolkien fan!\nQ: Who is your favorite artist and why?\nA: Oooh, so many! But recently I have found Richey Beckett to be incredibly inspiring. His pen and ink work is out of this world. His art has also inspired me to look at darker themes in my own drawings.\nQ: What did you do before you rediscovered your passion for pen and ink illustration?\nA: I was working the day job and looking for my “thing” – I tried writing novels and jewellery making among many other hobbies!\nQ: How do you know that you love what you do?\nA: As cliché as it sounds, when I started drawing again I finally felt an outlet for my creative energies. Now I know that I love to draw because I spend almost every spare minute with a pen in my hand.\nQ: What is the most valuable information you’ve learned in your creative experience?\nA: Not to compare myself to other artists. Pen and ink art comes in many forms and styles – it took me a while to stop stressing over my work looking a certain way and just draw what I wanted to.\nQ: Who has been the biggest influence on your life? What lessons did that person teach you?\nA: My husband Tom completely changed my life – he is my best friend. He taught me to worry less about what other people think, which used to be a big issue for me. That has been invaluable for giving me the confidence to put my work out there!\nQ: How has your life been different than what you’d imagined?\nA: I always thought I would move away from my home town, but friends and family are important to me and I like to have them close. Maybe one day!\nQ: How would you describe your style?\nA: A little bit quirky, a bit whimsical, with a hint of darkness.\nQ: What’s your day job? Is there anything else you could see yourself doing?\nA: I work as an executive assistant by day. If I were to have another job (other than artist) I could see myself working at a museum or library.\nQ: Are you an early bird or a night owl? Does this affect your work flow?\nA: A bit of both – I can be a bit of an insomniac. I draw best in the evenings or at night – something about the atmosphere. Although a misty autumn morning can be incredibly inspiring!\nQ: Describe a typical day.\nA: Early start (6am) – feed my cats. Off to work, gym on the way home (when I can be bothered) and then an evening snuggled up with Tom and our cats, drawing and watching movies or playing Xbox. Xbox is the nemesis of my artistic productivity. I try and read before bed most nights, even if it is just a chapter or two of something I love.\nQ: What would I find in your refrigerator right now?\nA: Beer, pickles (I love them) and lots of condiments!\nQ: If you were a salad, what kind of dressing would you have?\nA: Balsamic vinegar. I loooove it.\nQ: What do you find most enjoyable?\nA: I love being out in the wild somewhere, or snuggling up with some candles and drawing\/reading.\nQ: Landscapes, animals, and greenery are prominent and recurring elements in your personal style. How did this come to be? What sparked your fascination with them?\nA: As a child my parents dragged my sister and I out into the countryside, up hillsides and through forests. We also visited a lot of castles which definitely influenced my love of history. The animals – I adored The Animals of Farthing Wood growing up (UK people might remember!) and it made me want to go out and learn all about wild animals. I had so many nature books growing up!\nQ: If we took a peak into your creative space, what would we find?\nA: I have a teeny little space that I use to draw, if I’m not on the sofa – it has beautiful wallpaper with winter trees and lots of soft comfy blankets. And candles – I can’t get enough of them.\nQ: What does success mean to you?\nA: To me, success is about finding happiness and living the way you want to.\nQ: What is your dream job or ultimate goal?\nA: I would love for art to be my full time job – that is my ultimate dream!\nQ: How would you like to be remembered?\nA: As somebody who was kind and thoughtful to others. I should make sure I work on that!\nQ: What does your future hold?\nA: Hopefully lots of happy times – and possibly repetitive strain injury from drawing all those tiny dots.\nCheck out more of Anna’s work here, and shop her Tattify set, here.