Interview: Lucie Green
Lucie Green is an illustrator and designer based in France. I was lucky enough to interview Lucie about her work and career plans.
Hello! Thank you so much for letting me interview you. How are you?
Hi Rhiannon! Thank you for allowing me be part of your blog. I am great! I am enjoying working in a sunny place with twittering birds.
How did you manage to learn and hone your craft?
I have always been creative and fascinated by graphic design. I studied art and design in high school and then completed my studies in graphic design. Everything matures step by step. For a few years, my interest has gradually been focusing on illustration and pattern creation. I have developed my own style. It is minimalist illustration!
Have you always been into illustration?
Yes, in my younger years I used to doodle on everything. It was thanks to creative people on Instagram that inspired me.
If there were no resource restraints, what would be your dream project?
I would love to sell products under my own brand Lucie Green. Made in France products including a range for decoration, tableware, textiles and stationery.
What equipment do you use for your work?
I draw on paper with a pencil or directly with a black pen. It all depends on my mood and the project. Then, I scan my sketches into the computer and I start drawing in Illustrator with my tablet. I always prefer to have a drawing base done on paper.
What tools or materials could you not live without?
My no.1 Pigma Micron pen, my computer and my tablet.
Why has social media been an important platform for you to use?
It’s really something that has gradually developed, first for my love of plants and then for my work.Social media mainly consists in Instagram for me because it is a platform that allows me to meet the world and has been really useful to promote my work. As I mentioned above, seeing everyones work on Instagram has made me more confident.
Who inspires your work?
To name a few :
The brand @riflepaperco
Le douanier Rousseau/ Henri Rousseau
Do you have any favourite pieces of work that you adore at the moment?
I’ve always been fascinated by Edward Hopper’s ‘Nighthawks’ (1942).
What do we hope to see in this up and coming year for your Instagram and your work?
Hopefully much more work, larger formats and starting to sell my creations.
What are you currently working on?
I’m currently working on personal projects about flowers (again) and towns.
What’s your typical working day?
Every day is totally different but usually in the morning I take care of replying to emails or sending collaboration proposals. In the afternoon I work on my projects and commissions.
What’s been the biggest struggle in getting your business off the ground?
The main challenge has been understanding how business and marketing works, as well as getting more involved with social media by sharing more of my creations.
Do you have any exciting plans for this year?
Yes, I hope I can start selling my creations online, made with materials like paper or textiles.
What advice would you give to people looking to define their own style?
Remain faithful to yourself!
Do you have any advice for anyone who would like to do illustration?
The best way to start is doing it, just going for it! Do not be afraid of what it may look like!
Continuing to experiment new things and exciting new topics!
What's the best piece of creative advice you've ever been given?
Continue to practice, day after day!
You can follow Lucie Green on Instagram '@luciegreeen' and her website 'lucie-green.fr'.