Interview: Becky Lee
Becky Lee is an illustrator and designer. She works for a company called Jungle Creations as a DIY Hack and Craft Creative. I was lucky enough to interview Becky about her work and career plans.
Hello! Thank you so much for letting me interview you. How are you?
I’m good thank you!
Tell us a little bit about your background.
I've grown up in the countryside and always loved being outdoors and being around nature and plants. I then went to uni and studied illustration where I really found my forte in botanical style pattern making.
Have you always been into illustrations and design?
I've always been into illustration, for as long as I can remember i've loved drawing.
I adore your work. What inspired you to start doing illustrations?
When I first started studying art I wasn’t sure what my style was and I tended to go for hyper realistic drawing styles but sometimes I’d get frustrated and work for days on tiny canvases trying to make my drawings and paintings look right but I learnt it wasn’t worth my frustrations and started to be a bit looser with my drawing and let my mind wander.
What equipment do you use for your work?
I start off all of my work traditionally with an acrylic painting and then I take them into Photoshop and duplicate different paintings into patterns ultimately for them to be printed onto fabrics.
What tools or materials could you not live without?
I couldn't live without the basics, pencil, paintbrush, paint. But I also couldn't live without fabric, needle and thread.
Why has social media been an important platform for you to use?
Social media has been important for me to use as a way of networking and getting my work out to potential clients.
Who inspires your work?
A lot of people have inspired me over the years one key practitioner is definitely William Morris! But I take a lot of my inspiration from whatever is around me.
Do you have any favourite pieces of design work or illustrations that you adore at the moment?
At the moment I love house of hackney, I’d love to have a home furnished with all of their products.
What do we hope to see in this up and coming year for your Instagram and your work?
At the moment i've taken a little bit of time away from my art pages as i've just graduated but I will continue to make tropical prints and make furnishing products from them. I love the job I'm in but I want to get back into freelance work too when I have time, I’d like to get more into the interior design side of things.
Do you have any advice for anyone who would like to start drawing or creating illustrations?
Always start off with doodles and think of a piece of work you really like, take your inspiration from there.
What's the best piece of creative advice you've ever been given?
Watch current trends but don't think your work has to follow them, do something different.
You can find this lovely lady on the following links ‘https://www.instagram.com/beckylee_art/’ and ‘http://rebeccalee100.wixsite.com/beckyleeillustration’.