Stephanie Unger might have started out as an illustrator but her work has quickly crossed over into different fields such as fashion, music, branding, advertising, and editorial.
Her illustrations have a cartoonish, child-like, feel to them that looks fresh on both paper and fabric. “Every time I do a different project I learn something new and grow as an artist,” she told Lecture in Progress, talking about her freelance work. “I do think having a good balance between personal and commercial projects has been really important. They both inform each other and help with the development of my work.”
Currently based in London, Unger has known from a young age that she wanted to be an artist. “I’ve always loved drawing, but for a brief period, when I was 8, I wanted to be a vet… Then I returned to drawing,” she recalled.
“Studying illustration at university was great; it allowed me to meet amazing people with the same interests as me. It really took me out of my comfort zone and opened my eyes to different ways of approaching projects and situations. I wouldn’t have learnt these if I’d just gone straight into freelancing. For me personally, they were also some of my hardest years. I left pretty thick-skinned, which has helped me be more confident in the type of art I want to produce.”
Check out some of her whimsical creations in the gallery below.