Meet Janet: A Self-Taught Illustrator from Germany
Learning a new skill is not a piece of cake, but learning it by yourself without formal education or training can even be more daunting. Janet Giessl was able to overcome this challenge by being self-taught since her childhood.
Janet is a Christian blogger and author, teacher, and artist, mainly working from home. She’s happily married and has two children – a boy (12) and a girl (9). She’s originally from Germany but has been living with her husband, children, and her furry friends in her husband’s home country Georgia since 2016. She has a store called Janet’s Cute Designs on Creative Fabrica where she offers the most adorable clipart designs and beautiful coloring pages.
In this article, you’ll get to know Janet as we talk about her creative process, where she gets her inspiration from, and what she offers through her CF Fans subscription.
How would you describe your design style?
I would describe my design style as simple, naive, childlike, whimsical, cartoonish, cute, and kawaii. I create both hand-drawn and digital art, mainly line artwork because I love drawing with a black pen on white paper. If you asked me for a professional title, I would be an illustrator and graphic designer. However, I don’t use these titles myself because I’m not a studied artist. I have been self-taught since my childhood. I just love being creative.
Could you please describe your creative process? Where do you get inspiration?
Normally, I get a flash of inspiration and I sketch it out immediately with a pencil on a sheet of paper. If I decide it should be a hand-drawn illustration, I create a pencil drawing of my design and ink it with a black fineliner. Then I erase traces of the pencil drawing that are underneath the black lines. Finally, I scan my drawing and edit it with a vector software program like Adobe Illustrator to make it look more neat and professional and to turn it into the formats that customers need like SVG or JPEG.
When I create digital art, I create it directly in my vector software program. This process is much faster, of course.
I see creativity as a God-given gift and so I find my inspiration in everything that God created or man created inspired by our Creator – nature, in my environment, from my children, from my husband, from other people, from other artists, in the media, in books, in newspapers, magazines, and even in my dreams. In short, I get my inspiration from everywhere and anywhere.
What was your most recent favorite design you made and why?
My most recent favorite design? Actually, it’s two favorite designs, a panda and a lion that I created for my Baby Alphabet Coloring Book Templates. These two designs are my recent favorite designs because I have loved pandas since my childhood. I find them cute and I love their gentle strength and peace. I love the lion because it is a powerful symbol of my Christian faith.
What’s your favorite thing to do besides designing?
My favorite things to do besides designing are sharing the Gospel, being together with my family, connecting with relatives and friends on Social Media, blogging, doodling, drawing, reading, learning new things, writing, journaling, crafting, singing, dancing, swimming, watching movies, riding a bike, and traveling.
Could you please explain what you offer through your CF Fans subscription?
I offer 4 different printables, mainly educational printables, with Private Label Rights each month. These printables are editable and can be used for both personal and commercial purposes. When you sign up for my CF Fans subscription, you will get a new set of coloring pages, activity pages, journals/planners, and worksheets each month.
What do you hope to achieve on CF Fans?
I love creating designs because it’s fun and sparks my creativity. However, creating designs for other people which they can use for their own personal and commercial projects – that’s what motivates me most. I don’t create for myself only, I create to inspire and support others in their (creative) projects.
I hope to connect with my customers and fans on a more personal level, to say thank you to each of them, and to ask for the needs and wishes they have so I can create designs that meet their needs and wishes. I think CF Fans will be the right platform to achieve all that. I’m grateful to be part of this new platform. Thank you for this interview!
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