Limor Schnurmacher is an illustrator and an art director. Since graduating from the Wizo Academy of Design, Limor has illustrated for various companies in different fields: high tech, education, media, book publishers, newspapers and magazines. Lectures and teaches illustration classes for children, parents and grandparents.
Some of the group’s exhibitions she participated: 2015 – “Eat With Your Mouth Closed“, the Israeli illustration week, Tel Aviv. 2015 – “Still Optimistic: Illustrators in a Tribute to Dudu Geva”, HIT- Holon Institute of Technology. 2013 – “Whales and Blue Hair–the illustrative imagination of Israel“ , Teatrio association, Venice, Italy. 2013 – “Temperament”, Hanina Gallery, Tel Aviv. 2010 – “Legend of the Child”, the Municipal Art Gallery, Raanana. 2007 – “Beyond the Mirror”, Associazione Culturale Teatrio, Venice, Italy.
How did you first get into illustration?
I drew from a very young age, but never thought of it as a profession.When I registered to visual communication studies I thought of becoming an art director at an advertising agency. I always liked illustration classes but only in the third year of studying I realized that this is my place. It took me a while to realize that I’m a storyteller, a visual storyteller.
How do you start a new project?
Let’s make it short: reading, reading, analyzing (figures, characteristics, atmosphere and emotion), more reading, writing a list of associations, building a storyboard (thumbnails)- composition and balance, searching for references, character design, environment, detailed sketches, Photoshop editting (sizing and arranging the composition) and colorful language selection.
What is your artistic process, creating a new illustration?
Most of the illustrations are performed with special watercolor paper. I never work directly on white paper, I rather use a transparent background color. Even if the illustration requires white – I begin by applying a white base layer to provide texture. Then I copy the sketch to the paper (on top of the paint layer) and start working with the acrylics. I use pencils to emphasize shading and other details and I finish by using Photoshop editing as necessary.
Tell us about an interesting illustration project you were involved in.
I’m currently working on a joint independent project with three other illustrators, in which we are translating Russian fairytales to create a children’s book and an exhibition. We received a scholarship from a culture fund that encourages artists and I’m very excited about this project.
What would be your ultimate goal as an illustrator?
As a child, books and illustrations were windows to other worlds and new forms of thinking. I wish my illustrations become a source of inspiration, comfort and identification for many children and their parents.
More about Limor Schnurmacher at her website and Facebook page.