Your work is very minimal and organic in it’s line work, you’ve also started using oils and started using oils recently - where has that minimal style come from and what challenges did you find in using a new medium? Also, can you please introduce yourself?
Sure! I’m Lucy, a graphic designer/illustrator/painter, from New Zealand, currently based in New York where I am in graduate school studying a Master of Fine Arts. My minimal, line illustration style came about organically through a search for a language of drawing that was fast and could translate well digitally and in varying scales… and also it just is how I tend to draw naturally and what I think looks most beautiful. Something that shows a definite human hand but obviously made to be shown digitally. Using oils, on the other hand, is the complete opposite! For me, the process is slow and meditative and the results are made to be viewed in person.
Where do you see yourself and your art headed in the next few years?
I really have no idea! I would love to keep designing and illustrating, while also adding painting to the mix.
What are you working on at the moment? Any big plans coming up?
At the moment I am trying to make the most of my summer before it ends! I just finished up a month long art residency in Beijing and will begin my second year of grad school at the beginning of September.
Have you been met with any challenges as an artist along the way?
I find the biggest struggle is to make sure I have made the most of every opportunity that I have been lucky enough to have been given.
What or who have been some of your main creative influences?
I am mostly inspired by photographers, those who create images that can quietly speak of a profound elegance about everyday situations. One of my favourites is Paul Outerbridge.
Where have been your favourite places to travel and have those places influenced your work?
I just got back from Beijing and that is definitely a favourite. Contemporary art in China has a particular voice which I find to be dark, soft and playful, something that I always hope to convey in my own work.
Your work is very female/body inspired – have you ever struggled with those inspiration and references affecting your body image perception? Do you think social media has played a positive or negative role in your perception?
I used to love fashion and when I first started illustrating you can definitely tell that many of my inspirations and sources came from magazines, campaigns etc… all of which exists in a very specific narrative, which was not always my narrative. As I get older I kind of try to distance myself from that and have been consciously looking for inspiration from sources that are more true to my personal story. I’m not sure if social media has added or taken away anything from this conversation, I think we are still talking about the same things, only now we are speaking in faster and easier ways.
What’s your favourite part of your body and why?
My hair! Because I’ve spent too much money on it over the years and now have no choice but to love it to justify my actions.
What advice what you give your 18 year old self if you could?
Your dream job/project/collaboration – tell us about it?
So many things would be a dream job to take on – I wouldn’t be able to decide on one!
What the biggest risk you’ve taken to date? What were the pressure points and was it worth it?
Biggest risk is probably moving to New York and going back to school – which at times have been exhausting and draining in every way, but of course, every experience is worth it if you learn something and I have learned a ton!
As you’ve gotten older – how has your perception of your body and confidence changed?
I would love to say I’ve grown more confident with age but am still awkward as ever!
When drawing female figures and personalities – do you take your own body into account?
I would only ever draw a personality that I myself think is beautiful, not necessarily related to myself in any way, I don’t think!
Praise You isn’t just about raising awareness for eating disorders and celebrating body positivity – it’s also shining the light on female support in the creative community, in saying that, what does inclusivity and its importance mean to you?
It’s something that has played a huge role in getting to me to where I am currently and I am forever in awe of how supportive and collaborative the creative community always is.