Meet the Maker: Q + A with Ann Marie Drury

Drawing hair everyday gives me the chance to work on character development without the pressure of drawing a character.
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We're so blessed to have had Ann Marie Drury, illustrator/owner of Sprinkles of Color, curate our feature icons in the June 2017 issue on fun + femininity. We discovered Ann Marie on our favorite creative platform--Instagram and loved her #100daysofhair project. Her images are whimsical and feminine--the perfect combination for a theme on Femininity. To learn more about her design inspiration, aesthetic, and philosophies. read our interview with her below. 

image courtesy of the artist

image courtesy of the artist

How/why did you start your business/brand?

Being a stay at home mom with a part-time job, I decided to take my art to the next level.  Making an income, no matter how small at first, by creating art was better than any job I could imagine.  So I made it happen! 

What are the FUN aspects of your business? 

It’s always fun to bring something to life from my own or someone else’s imagination.  There is such a process to making artwork, sometimes the end result is completely different from where it started.  Looking back from sketch to finished product is pretty cool.  Occasionally a completely different idea comes from a sketch along the way.  And, of course, going to the art store to shop for supplies!!  Jerry’s Artarama in West Hartford is my favorite place to go.  It’s a bit of a drive from my house, but totally worth it. 

What made you decide to do #100daysofhair?

The 100 Day Project (#the100dayproject) challenge was started by Instagram user @elleluna.  I wanted something to hold me accountable every day, with the added benefit of putting in hours of work and building a larger community of friends.  One of the best ways to improve your craft is through hours. Hours of doing.  

I chose hair for a few reasons.  By drawing hair everyday, it gives me the chance to work on character development without the pressure of drawing a character.  It’s ok to trick yourself now and then, right?  Another reason I wanted to create hair for this challenge was because, at the age of 34, I've finally started to embrace my curls.  

Can you talk more about the icons you chose for this month’s issue, specifically why you thought they’d be a good fit for the theme?

The pieces I chose for this month’s issue covered a range of what femininity is to me.  From romantic updos to funky pixie cuts, my hopes were that every woman could find a bit of herself in the images.  Throughout life your own femininity may change; it is not a constant, and means different things at different times.  Styling our hair, or wearing a hat, a scarf, maybe a crown of flowers is one of the many ways we can express our femininity. 

Image courtesy of the artist

Image courtesy of the artist

Where do you take your inspiration from?

Simply, life.  Conversations I have with fascinating people (even my 4 year old).  Just slowing down and paying attention to the world around me.  If I’m working on a pattern, suddenly I see patterns everywhere I go.   I’m constantly inspired by my friends and peers on Instagram.  Anyone who puts their all into something they love.  I’ve also been known to fall down the Pinterest rabbit hole.  Endless inspiration there…almost too much!

What makes you feel feminine?

Definitely my hair.  Only recently I’ve started to embrace and love my hair for what it is.   Flowers too, they are so delicate yet hold up to the elements of nature, standing strong and colorful.  Flowers are a common thread in my artwork because of this.   I also love makeup.  I don’t wear a lot, but adding a little bit of color, or a touch of shimmer always makes me feel brighter and more feminine on a drab day.  Lipgloss can be found in every purse and pocket. 

Click on the icons below to see Ann Marie's #100daysofhair within the pages of our June 2017 magazine!

After studying Illustration at The Art Institute of Boston, Ann Marie moved back to her home state of Connecticut, where she now lives with her husband and two young kids.  Most days, you can find Ann Marie creating in her little purple studio.  She loves the play of complimentary colors, and watching watercolors dance.   For Ann Marie, calligraphy is all about the lines and shapes.  Creatures and nature abound in her New England backyard, always available to lend inspiration. From acorns to elephants, she loves it all! (Disclaimer: there aren't actually elephants in Ann Marie's backyard, but that doesn't stop her from drawing them there.)
Connect with Ann Marie at @sprinklesofcolor on Instagram.