Illustrator: Nadia Akingbule

The latest in our series of interviews with the artists behind Counterpoint is Nadia Akingbule. Nadia is an illustrator currently studying at Manchester School of Art, and we spoke to her about her work and how she's found moving up North.

What do you like drawing the most?

Abstract drawings of things that make me happy - currently its budgies and Rupert the Bear.

Any illustration heroes?

I love Camilla Perkins' work, and I'm OBSESSED with Jem and the Holograms, a really naff 80s cartoon, which I think subconsciously pushed me towards creativity as a child.

How do you approach your illustration process?

I make lots and lots of lists with ideas, then don't stick to them. Basically, I cross my fingers and hope for the best, fineliner at the ready.

What's your day job?

I do a bit of freelance illustration and portraiture painting when I've got a bit of time off of uni.

You're studying illustration at Manchester School of Art - how's the course treating you? And are you enjoying the city?

The course is intense! I've made some really good friends - without whom I would've perished in an art related catastrophe. The city is a gem - if you're going to study up North is HAS to be Manchester (but bring a raincoat and some waterproof mascara).