Rae Ritchie

Rae Ritchie

Represented by Jennifer Nelson Artists, Inc.
Rae Ritchie Interview

Rae Ritchie

Children's Illustrator

What is your favourite medium to work with and why?

My favorite medium to work with is acrylic gouache. I love the chalky matte nature of it, and it allows me to create some really great layered texture. Every brush stroke is visible which has become a signature element of my work. 

Share your favourite piece of artwork from your portfolio and walk us through its creation.

My recent favorite is the Geodesic Greenhouse painting. I knew I wanted to make this a very complex piece, so planning was key. I started with a sketch of the room, researching geodesic structures and how they look from different angles inside. I sketched the room, then moved into the main focal points (the black cats!). I then filled in with the rest of the greenery. Once the sketch was where I liked, I transferred the background sketch onto the final paper, and painted it in a more watery, loose style. I then used my lightbox to transfer sketches of all the other plants and focal points. For color, I went with my heart and used all the beautiful greens I could mix!

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Do you have a favourite soundtrack you listen to when you’re working?

Much of what I listen to during work time is either ambient or folk rock. I really love Tycho, Sigur Rós as well as Mountain Man, Fleet Foxes and Gregory Alan Isakov. I also love to listen to podcasts such as Stuff You Should Know, Attitudes, Fanti and many, many more!

Are there any children’s classics you’d love to illustrate and/or re-tell?

 I would love to work on a reiteration of Alice and Wonderland. I love the classic 1951 film and much of my early inspiration came from the well-known wildflower scene. I am obsessed with painting rabbits and flowers, so I believe it would be a natural fit!

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