I’m baaaaaack! I can’t believe June is over and July is here. My goal is to start posting again on a regular basis, but if you don’t see me for a few days, it’s because my infant and toddler have worn me out!
I’m super excited to kick start the month interviewing an amazingly talented artist, Leah Duncan. If you are new to her work, check out her etsy shop and her personal art site. I promise — you will get lost, everything is so beautiful! So let’s dive right in shall we?
1. First, tell us a little about yourself.
I am a twenty-something illustrator and designer based in Austin, TX.
2. You are a self-taught artist in illustration and design which requires a lot of discipline and self-motivation. How did you get your start in this field and what kept you motivated along the way?
I’ve always been a creative mind. Growing up in a small town in South Carolina, I didn’t know of anyone or even hear of anyone actually making a living as an artist so it never seemed like a sensible career path. I graduated from college with a bachelor of science in commercial printing (yes, printing presses and mechanical stuff – I learned how to weld!) for no other good reason than my love for the way ink and paper smells. Yes, I’m one of those people – a book sniffer. Because we got to design our printing projects I fell in love with graphic design on my own even though it wasn’t what I was being graded on.
Jack Rabbit Tea Towel // Moose Tea Towel
By the time I graduated I knew design would be a part of my work life in some form or another and I landed a job as a graphic designer. I moved from there to work for a screenprinting company, which is where I taught myself to draw with the motivation of my very talented art director. He told me to draw for 20 minutes a day. It started out bad. It stayed bad for a while. It started getting better. Then when I moved to Austin two years ago I kept drawing and actually started to enjoy it. As for design, it’s something that has always been with me. I’ve always had an innate sense of color and space. Since my work is my livelihood the discipline and self-motivation part comes easy.
My Heart to Your Heart Limited Edition // Nesting Limited Edition Print
3. I know it can be hard for creative people to find their niche. How did you find your own “voice” as an artist?
I think it’s a lot of trial and error at times. When you end up with something you don’t want to throw away, well, you’re on your way to finding that voice.
4. I’m always curious to know the artists’ process. Can you briefly describe yours from ideation to final product?
It starts with an idea that I scribble down in my sketchbook with a bic roundstick pen. From there I fill in with a pigment pen, add line work, scan, color, and repeat.
Cabo Removable Throw Pillow Cover // Blooms Summer Scarf
5. Is there anything in particular that fuels your creativity as an artist?
nature, animals, color, the little moments in life
6. I know it’s probably hard to pick, but do you have a favorite out of the work that you’ve done?
I’m still quite new to this, so I think my latest drawings such as “harry had a bad feeling” are taking me to a new place. I’ve also expanded recently into textiles which has been great new territory.
Darling I’m Leaving // Harry Had a Bad Feeling Print
7. Lastly, tell us something random or quirky about yourself.
I like to listen to gangsta rap when I’m sewing. Gangsta rap and Etta James. : )