Artist Interview : : Muffin Grayson

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Time to meet Pauline Grayson, who we all know as Muffin! She is quite the busy bee, creating everything from calendars and cards to patterns and packaging. (pssst- check out her blog link below for eye candy and some of the cutest craft project downloads you'll ever see!). Read on to find out more about this prolific and super creative Happy Happy Artist.


Name: Pauline "Muffin" Grayson

Location: Provo, Utah

Website: www.sweetmuffinsuite.com

How would you describe yourself as an artist? 
My artwork is vibrant, joyful, and whimsical. Having two littles inspires my art to be playful and young at heart. I work at home as a freelance designer and get to enjoy creating art and watching my children grow!

What are your influences?
My daughter is one of my biggest influences. I love the way she draws and colors and her childlike imagination that makes everything seem possible. She makes me so happy, as does my family and I love creating art that conveys that. I have even used my daughters artwork to create a pattern that I had printed on fabric and made a dress for her. I think I might have to do that again!

I have been influenced by many artists and illustrators. But I absolutely adore the styles and colors of Amy Butler, Carolyn Gavin, Helen Dardik, and Suzy Ultman. 
 

Are there any markets you are especially interested in?
The children's market is my main target. I love making joyful art that would make people smile. Although, I would also love to see my art on cards, wrapping paper, gift bags, fabric and wall paper. Pretty much anything!

Are you self-taught, or did you have any formal training?
I attended school at Brigham Young University-Idaho (previously known as Ricks College). I graduated with a Bachelor's of Fine Arts with an emphasis in Graphic Design in December of 2006. After I graduated, I planned on doing layout design, because type is my passion, but quickly found myself illustrating and creating patterns for gift card tins, wrapping paper and gift bags.

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What is your favorite thing about being an artist?
I get to do what I love every single day! It's so much fun to draw, paint, color and then see those creations come to life! Plus, I also get to stay at home and watch my two littles grow up! I get the best of both worlds!

What is your biggest struggle with your artwork, and how do you deal with it?
I used to struggle a lot with color! This is before Pinterest came along! But now that I've had lots of practice and there is so much inspiration all over the web, I find it easier to find a great color scheme. Plus tools in Illustrator like Adobe Kuler make it even easier to find great color schemes.

But today, I'd say my biggest struggle is time! Finding enough time to do everything that I want to do. It's hard to balance being a mom and a designer and illustrator. I sometimes feel I need to work, when I should be spending time with my children. Doesn't every mom feel that way!

What advice do you have for people interested in making a career out of art and design?
Take some business classes! I wish that the professors at school would have informed me that trying to manage your own business at home requires some business knowledge! Understand how to do that, and if you've got great art, you've got it made!

What are your future goals?
I plan on attending Surtex one of these days! It's my dream to have my patterns and illustrations produced on lots of things! Especially Children's Apparel. I can't wait to walk into Target or Gap one day and see my cute little illustrations all over the stores! Ha ha!

Tell us something special or unusual about yourself!
I'm 6 foot 1 inch and played basketball at Rick's College before it turned into a 4 year University. I grew up on a small Dairy Farm in Idaho! And I'm not afraid of manure! Ha ha! 

Check back tomorrow to meet another Happy Happy artist.