Who doesn’t want a piece of ELENI KALORKOTI? From the beauty and peace of Edinburgh to London’s theatre and art world, jewelry design to quilt making and the thrill of a New Yorker collaboration, there is so much of the talented artist behind ON! Storie‘s last short story illustrations that doesn’t meet the eye.
Eleni, where are you writing from?
My bedroom in Crystal Palace, in lovely South London.
How does London inspire you?
London is inspiring because there are endless exhibitions and plays to go to, and the rent is so high that you’d better be inspired to work if you want to keep a roof over your head.
One cons of freelancing that you nonetheless think makes it all worth.
It can be very lonely, but that’s the price you pay for being your own boss.
Which are your major sources of inspiration?
People, art, places…
Three illustrators that you think are doing a great job today.
Can you think of an accomplishment in your career that made you really proud of your work, and that you remember with particular fondness?
My first New Yorker illustration was pretty exciting! That was only a few months ago and I was really thrilled to be asked to do something for them. It was a full page piece for the fiction section and I’m pleased with how it turned out.
How does your Mediterranean origin influence your work?
Well, my name gets spelled wrong a lot!
What do you like to do when you’re not working?
Watching lots of films, and doing non-work work like embroidery and quilt making (I find it quite hard to actually do nothing).
Do you have a motto that always cheers you up and keeps you going?
I just try to reming myself that no matter how awful a picture looks while I’m working on it, it usually turns out alright in the end.
One advice for wannabe freelance illustrators.
The only secret is to work hard for a long time!