Interview: Lucy Scott
Lucy Scott is a student at Leeds College of Art and studies Illustration. I was lucky enough to have an interview with Lucy about her work and career plans in design.
Hello! Thank you so much for letting me interview you. How are you?
Hi! It’s a pleasure! I’m very good thank you.
Tell us a little bit about your background.
I'm currently a student at Leeds College of Art on the BA Illustration course. I'm just about to go into my second year of the course. I am still a baby in the illustration world!
I adore your work. What inspired you to start doing illustrations?
I was always told when studying art at A Level that my work looked “illustrative’. I had no idea what this meant so I was intrigued to find out since I didn't know which path I wanted to go down in art and design yet.
I was happy to find illustrations could be a part of things I already loved such as picture books, homeware, stationary etc. It was very open and that appealed to me a lot. It seemed to fit me well so I thought why not give it a try.
Have you always been into illustrations and design?
I've enjoyed illustrated books, making cards, and of course drawing since I was very young. It took me a bit of time to realise it was what I wanted to do as a career but art has always been my love. Studying to become an illustrator has felt really natural, I can't think of what else I might have attempted to pursue!
How has your creative process changed since the start?
Since attending the foundation course at Leeds College of Art a few years ago, I feel I have come a long way. The foundation course and the degree I am doing at the moment opened my eyes to how to approach an illustration brief. I used to think up what I wanted to draw and draw it without thinking about what it communicated to the viewer.
Now I spend a lot more time in my sketchbook, it's a place where I can get my ideas out without worrying how it's looking. I also do much more research around the subject I'm illustrating about, especially if I have no clue what the subject is. This makes a massive difference to the quality of my outcome. Aside from the serious stuff, I just play around more, I’m less worried about things being perfect.
What equipment do you use for your work?
At the moment I am enjoying coloured pencils. Sounds childish but I love how you can see the marks and textures. I think it helps show the craft in the illustration. Apart from coloured pencil, I’m a big fan or collage and cut paper.
What tools or materials could you not live without?
Paper. Life would be difficult without it!
Why has social media been an important platform for you to use?
I mainly use Instagram but I've found it so helpful, I think its the perfect platform for any visual artist. As well as getting to see what my favourite contemporary illustrators are up to, I can put photos of my work up and show people my process and ongoing projects etc. Its an insight that you don’t usually get into the life of an artist which is so exciting. Also, the instant feedback from people who might comment is great.
Who inspires your work?
There are many illustrators whose work often inspires me. Also more abstract things inspire me such as nature and music. In terms of artists and illustrators I feel David Hockney and Matisse have had an effect on my work. Both artists work have simplicity and colour at their core which I value a lot. Some contemporary illustrators who I’m loving at the moment are Ariel Davis and Kelsey Wroten. Both are young artists yet are so confident and bold in their image making which is really exciting.
Do you have any favourite pieces of design work or illustrations that you adore at the moment?
I adore Hockey’s pool paintings at the moment. I saw one in person the other day, it was magical. Every time I see one I find myself analysing how he has used line to show the movement and light on the water. Hockney never ceases to amaze me. In general, his paintings are so complex but they appear simple and thats such a hard balance to achieve.
What do we hope to see in this up and coming year for your Instagram and your work?
Well, I’m just about to begin my second year of BA Illustration at Leeds College of Art. I’ll be sharing my ongoing projects and my developing process for sure. I have only just started getting a grip on illustration so I’ll be doing a lot of exploring and experimenting. What are your career plans? My dream is to be a freelance illustrator whilst also having my own online shop where I sell zines, prints, pins, homeware etc. That would be perfect.
Do you have any advice for anyone who would like to start drawing or creating illustrations?
Don’t take it too seriously. Of course you have to be dedicated and hard working but don’t be hard on yourself. I’m always doing this when a drawing doesn’t go right or I can’t figure out how to communicate what I need to through images.
It is frustrating but try to let it go. It can affect your mental health as art is so closely tied to who you are and when it doesn’t go right its hard not to feel bad. Your health needs to come first! Look after yourself and let that pressure go. You are surely wanting to draw because you love it so keep it fun. Explore and play!
What's the best piece of creative advice you've ever been given?
Only you see the world from your eyes! I was told this by my first year tutor Matthew the Horse, a brilliant practicing illustrator and poet. You have to use your unique perception of the world as a tool in your work. Try not to compare your work to other practitioners work (I know it can be impossible sometimes) but other people have different experiences, interests, and outlooks on life.
Trying to be like others is not being your authentic self. Figure out what makes your view on life different and figure out what you want to say through your work. Your work will likely go off down its own organic path and soon enough you’ll be the one other people admire.
You can follow this lovely lady on her Instagram '@lu.cy.scott'. She has some wonderful illustrations, so please make sure to check out her Instagram page.