Illustrator Megas Hess on inspiration, advise and chaos



Illustrator Megas Hess on inspiration, advice and chaos - 15th June 2015

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The Croser Wine ambassador, and now one of the brand's Women of the Moment, caught up with Vogue to talk that Sex and the City cover, celebrating and collaborating.

When did you realise illustration could be more than a hobby and an actual career?
Once work started flowing in, I realised I could quit my day job as a designer and illustrate full time. In the early stages I was getting a lot of requests but only about 20% were things that I was really passionate about drawing. The goal for me was to be drawing really inspiring illustrations every day for a variety of clients all over the world.

What was the first drawing you ever sold?
One of the very first illustrations that I did was for Italian Vogue. I was so excited to draw it and then when it came out I literally bought every copy in the news stand! I couldn’t even read the text but I didn't care because I was just so excited!

How do you know when an illustration is finished? 
At the end of each day in my studio I turn any illustration that I’ve been working on, face down. Then the next morning when I get back into the studio I turn it over and I can immediately see if it’s finished, and if not, what final touches it needs. Some days I look at the illustrations and decide to start again!

When you’re lacking inspiration what do you do to get reinspired?
I get out of the studio. I find changing my routine is the best way to break a lack of inspiration. As soon as I take the focus off of trying to think of a concept or idea, one suddenly comes.

Is there anyone in particular, artist, person or brand you would love to collaborate with?
I’ve always thought Vivian Westwood was pretty incredible. I love that she's so innovative and bold, she doesn’t follow trends and she just has such a strong sense of vision. She would be amazing to work with and learn from.

What’s your biggest achievement to date? 
In terms of career, one of my biggest achievements early on was when I illustrated the cover of Sex and the City for its world wide release. I remember being in New York, standing in Times Square and seeing it on billboards and taxi tops flying past - it was the first time my work had left my little studio and was on a world stage. 

What advice do you have for other artists out there just starting out?
A lot of students contact me and ask how they can hone their specific style of drawing. I always say, just keep drawing and your style will actually find you.

Do you have any tips for entertaining or celebrating?
I’m a big believer in not waiting to celebrate just the big milestones in life. I think we should all celebrate the little moments that in many ways are just as big a deal in our lives. Finishing a project that you’ve spent a lot of time on, Finishing a really great epic book or personal goals, things that no one else even knows that you’ve been working towards. 

Tell us about your relationship with Croser
I’m very proud to be an Ambassador for Croser. When I first met the Croser team I was very impressed that the company had so many passionate women behind the brand. In working with them I was given so much creative freedom and the whole process was very collaborative. I also love the essence of celebration and the importance they put into taking the time to stop and celebrate the little moments of joy or success.

What does it mean to you to be selected by Croser as one of the Women of the Moment?
It’s an honour. I think most women would never think of themselves as a ‘Woman of the Moment!’ I feel incredibly lucky to do what I love and even though most days are complete chaos, I do love where life has brought me.

What’s next for you?
As soon as I finish this interview I have a Skype call with Cartier in Paris and a meeting with Versace. Then it’s racing to pick my kids up from school and trying and think of something we can all eat for dinner that doesn’t come in a can - It’s the usual chaos, just the way I like it!

(Vogue Australia)