3 January 2024
Amber Gyselings’ delicate illustrations arouse our curiosity for the ordinary things in life. This is her way of offering not only herself, but also her audience, a quiet moment in the hustle and bustle of life.
Who is Amber Gyselings?
I pay tribute to everyday life through my detailed, colourful illustrations. I’m very aware of what at first seem like mundane things. They often make me smile. I want my drawings to make other people stand still, creating slowness in fleeting moments. Through my mainly female characters, I subtly bring more balance to the world of illustration, which was mainly dominated by men until recently. In my free work, I usually depict myself as a character.
Staying true to myself poses the biggest challenge. In the beginning, it was very exciting to create illustrations for magazines and newspapers. Now, I just make the image that feels right at that moment, without too much consideration for what I made before. At the same time, commercial projects push me to think differently, which also makes them inspiring. Even the tight deadline and accompanying creativity rush are sometimes a blessing.
In my search for a balance between the artistic and business, I go fully for the artistic. Because I have another job as my main occupation, I give myself plenty of room to experiment and play. I fear I would have to compromise on the creative aspect if I had to make a living entirely from my illustrations. At the same time, I really need the illustrating. It gives me a chance to escape the chaos of reality for a while, and is very relaxing.