Monday, August 17th, 2015

Fan Profile: Illustrator Elizabeth Porter



My name is Beth (Elizabeth Porter), and I am an illustrator and painter off in the not-so-wilds of Alberta (Canada). I’m always posting doodles on twitter as @snowbringer

RD: How and when did you first discover Rhodia products?

Beth: It was through a forgotten stationery store, touching paper as I am wont to do, and found a Rhodia pad – and I have been hooked ever since.

RD: Does using Rhodia products in any way make your job easier? (Do quality tools make the job easier?)

Beth: Quality tools make the sensation of creating more joyful. Yeah, I can doodle on any scrap of paper, but one that feels good just makes me happier. Also, I have a thing about tactile feedback – I enjoy the sensation of smooth fountain pen on smooth paper so much more than rough, so I find myself making excuses to go and use it to feel that, which means more ideas, and more work… it is such a vicious cycle. ;)

RD: Which are your favorite Rhodia products?

Beth: I love the Rhodia dot pads in either A4 size, or the A5 spiral top bound ones when I am working through an idea. I use the Number 13 sized small pads for notes and lists. I also use the Clairfontaine graf-it sketch pads in whatever size I can get my hands on.

RD: Where do you regularly purchase Rhodia products?

Beth: Either through Wonder Pens online or on the few occasions I am in Calgary at the University of Calgary Bookstore or Reids’ Stationers.

RD: Do you use them in any way that is specific to your job?

Beth: I use the grids/dot grids to plan out images in thumbnails and to write notes in the planning process. All the little ideas for paintings and images or phrases that will grow into other things get written down in my pad and then I go through them whenever I need a creativity reboot. If I can’t make the idea work as a note to myself, it probably isn’t going to work as a painting or a drawing, no matter how cool it seems in my head, so it is a vital editing tool.

I also write notes to my long-suffering partner and hide them in his lunch every day. I’ve been using the tiny Rhodia pads for this. While it started just as a sneaky way to say “I love you,” it has also bloomed into a sort of daily drawing exercise that we both look forward to. Sometimes as well, I end up with an idea in the notes that just takes on a life of its own.

RD: Pencil, pen, or other? Favorites?

Beth: Fountain pen on Rhodia, wax-based coloured pencil and/or fiber-tip pen on the Clairfontaine Graf-it pads.

RD: Is there any way we could improve on your favorite product?

Beth: If the Clairfontaine Graf-It Sketch pads had a top wire binding, it would make me so happy. (lets me keep it all in a book and flip through the pages without having to rebind them!)

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