Leeds based artist/illustrator Anna Roberts works under the moniker Out To Play. She illustrates book covers and for mags like Dazed and Confused and The Independent magazine, as well as exhibiting her own work. But it was her nostalgic illustrations of her three children that really caught our eye. Her Instagrid, mostly pictures of her children, looks like an achingly hip kids fashion shoot, and her illustrations take it up a notch from there. We asked her a few questions and were rewarded with an inbox laden with illustrations of her family.
How did you get into illustrating?
I grew up surrounded by art and design as my dad’s an illustrator and my mum has always sewn, so drawing just came naturally to me. I studied Graphic Arts and Fashion at Leeds Art College then went on to illustrate book covers and for magazines such as Dazed and Confused as well as exhibiting my own work.
How would you describe the style of your work?
I’d describe my work as nostalgic super-realism. I take inspiration from everything I love, film, fashion, old advertisements, comics, vintage book illustrations, old family photo’s and of course my kids!
What mediums do you use?
I sketch out an image in coloured pencil then use super soft pastels, which I mix and use like paint. I like the slightly dusty, vintage effect it allows me to create.
Who are your muses?
My children, Wade (7), Holden (3) and Pearl (2). They constantly do the coolest things, I just have to be quick to grab my camera! We keep things pretty simple for them on the toy front. Wade’s happiest on his bike, skateboard or climbing a tree. He’s getting to that Stand by Me/Goonies age now which I’ve been looking forward to!
Do you do private commissions?
Yes I do.