Ilena Corke resides just outside of Copenhagen, Denmark. After graduating with a degree in graphic design, she found perfection crucial in her daily work. As a reaction against that perfectionism, she started doodling.
Discovering the sketchy, cartoonish work of British artist David Shrigley became a turning point for Ilena’s way of illustrating; she realized that drawing is about creating worlds, not just depicting reality.
Now she starts her illustrations with a pen – not a pencil. Correcting an illustration along the way kills her creativity. “Drawing with a pen opens my mind. Embracing strokes and turning mistakes into integrated parts of an illustration has become my way of drawing. In my illustrations mistakes are not only allowed, but also appreciated.”