An acquaintance recommended I reach out to Pernille, who lives in London. She was awesome to collaborate with! Here's her bio:
My name is Pernille - it is pronounced "Penny Lane" without the "-ne" at the end. I like sneaking Beatles references into everything.I'm a self-taught artist and illustrator. I was born in Denmark. I belong in 1960's England. Music is my everything. I make art prints you can dance to.
So, you're from Denmark. Tell us something weirdly Danish.+
This is a tough question as my mindset isn't typically Danish. But one thing I love about Denmark is the closeness to the ocean and the world. No matter where you go, you are never more than about 50 kilometres / 30 miles away from the sea. This is probably the reason why I feel at home in cities that have formed around rivers or coastlines.
How would you classify your art style?+
I deliberately change up the style, imagery, and theme with every drawing to challenge myself and improve. There seem to be loads of fancy art style descriptors floating around, as if a piece of art can fix your finances and do your laundry. At the end of the day, I do hand-drawn graphite illustrations. Mostly for fans like myself who will catch the hidden nerd references. A juxtaposition of hyper-realism and surrealism has also found its way into some of my pieces - a good example is my Jack White print "Funhouse" print. This is something I would like to explore further.
What tools have you learned to love (or hate) as you progress as an artist?+
If you can speak of Instagram as a tool in terms of promoting my art, then this is a tool I am still learning to love. There are days when it feels great to be on there, and others where I just want to roll the whole platform like a bad perm.
You have an affinity for the 1960s, counterculture, the Beatles, and Great Britain. Are there certain clubs or communities you belong to that share the same fandoms?+
A sense of belonging and being around likeminded people is essential to me, which is why I packed my bags and made the big move to London a few years ago. Professionally as well as personally, I live for music, art, and cultural experiences. My best times are spent front row at a concert, exploring a new city or immersed in the mind of an artist at a museum. Cities like London and Liverpool have everything my culture-loving heart could dream of.
Are there specific artists or works of art you gravitate towards, admire, or respect?+
The gang of artists who works for Mondo, the Alamo Drafthouse offshoot which is perhaps the best-known poster company in the world. If you want to see some of the greatest poster artists at work, check them out.
Tell us about your Print Series Rock ‘n’ Roll Muse 65-1? We selected this as our Print of the Month (see below interview to view print).+
My series of Rock 'n' Roll Muses aims to capture a decade of wild transformations: The 1960's are portrayed through the faces of a time when black and white turned into color by a snap of your fingers, brutal realism crashed into psychedelia, and the faint echo of World War II bombs was replaced by thunderous rock 'n' roll. So you tuned in, turned up, and the girl next door transformed into a rock 'n' roll muse. Everything was possible and nothing was real.
What’s The Beatles' most underrated song? Most Overrated?+
Many a difficult question has been presented to me in my life, but this one takes the cake. One song that isn't mentioned often, which I can listen to for hours on end, is "I'll Be Back", the closing track on the UK version of "A Hard Day's Night". I mentioned this to a fellow Beatles nerd the other day, and he called that song "a deep dive". In that case, I've broken my nose multiple times crashing into the Beatles ocean floor. I would never call any Beatles song "overrated" but, speaking of ocean floors, "Yellow Submarine" is probably the single most skipped Beatles song on my playlist, because my father sings it all the time.
What’s been your career path professionally?+
My career path is a little different. I studied Multimedia Journalism at university and went on to work in marketing where I have spent 10 years in the culture, entertainment and experience industries. I am a self-taught artist and illustrator. On a random afternoon in 2014, British comedian and artist Noel Fielding (The Mighty Boosh, The Great British Bake Off) held a competition among his one million Twitter followers who were given 30 minutes to make a portrait of Elvis. He chose my drawing as the winner, and I took that as a sign to pick up a pencil and start working professionally as a freelance artist and illustrator.
Where do you go and what do you do if you’re in a creative funk?+
I honestly don't remember the last time I was out of ideas. What I am constantly out of, is time. So I look forward to when we switch over to Venus time, where a day equals 243 Earth days. Perhaps then I can catch up to ideas I had a month ago.
What skills are you trying to improve as an artist, or add to your repertoire?+
Time travelling. It would make finding 1960's references so much more convenient, and I could go see The Beatles play live at Shea Stadium on August 15, 1965.