Minted: What drives you, and where does your inspiration tend to come from?
Elliot Stokes: I love making interesting and pretty pictures, to put in plainly—images that delight me and other people. So much inspires me: the thrilling parts of life and the boring parts; all printed matter I get my hands on; my computer desktop, too. It’s very messy and covered in image thumbnails I’ve dragged onto it. Nothing snaps to grid. My desktop is better than Pinterest to me, since I don’t have to log in anywhere and I can see everything all at once. Sometimes I’ll click through random thumbnails on my desktop until something rubs off.
How do you create your work?
I usually make scribbles of ideas and develop standouts into fuller or cleaner pictures. I’ll draw an image over again and again until the line work feels right. Or scan in several iterations and piece together the best parts. Since my drawings are simple, I try to shoot for interesting compositions.
What materials and programs do you use?
I mainly use mechanical pencils, ink pens, computer paper, and tracing paper to make my work. I use Photoshop to collage, clean up, and color. Besides pencil and ink, I’ll revisit linocuts and paper collage once in awhile.
How did you learn to do what you do?
Enormous amounts of time drawing alone. Mentors, friends, and the Internet.
About the Author: Amy Schroeder, Minted’s Community Content Manager, founded Venus, the magazine about women in the arts and DIY culture, and has written for Etsy, West Elm, Pitchfork, and NYLON. Connect on Instagram
Published June 15, 2017