Here, Lucy talks to Creative Bloq about her inspirations, her imperfections and allowing time for the finer things in life...
QUESTION: What inspires you?
Music and people inspire me the most. But also things like interesting weather or a new experience. I believe we are subconsciously inspired by little things throughout everyday life.
QUESTION: What’s a typical day like for you?
When I'm not freelancing in a studio, my typical day will consist of waking up about 8am and getting up about 9am. I will no doubt have had a late night working.
I reply to emails whilst eating breakfast and then procrastinate 'til about 11am, because I struggle with being creative in the morning at home.
I eat lunch whilst researching and coming up with ideas; walk the dog in the hope it will induce some more inspiration; start drawing because it has somehow got to 4pm, and then get on a roll and don't stop until around 2am.
QUESTION: What are the biggest challenges you face in your working life?
One of my biggest challenges is trying to get a piece finished in a suitable amount of time, as I'm very anal about my work and it consequently takes me ages to complete. I'm also very fussy with detail and accuracy. So I normally end up spending longer than I should perfecting images.
If I don't, the imperfections would jump out at me whenever I look at the work. Another challenge is deciding on which concept will best communicate the brief as well as looking the most aesthetically pleasing.
QUESTION: What are your top tips for illustrators?
- Take inspiration from everything you do... Constantly look around and make sure you 'see'.
- American cartoonist Scott Adams once said: "Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep" So, don't be afraid to take risks!
- Finally, do something that brings you joy at least once every day. It will revitalise your mind and put you in a better disposition for work.
QUESTION: What do you enjoy most about illustration?
The excitement (and terror!) of a white blank page; the moment of realisation when an image comes together; and seeing first-hand somebody's reaction to a piece.
Lucy Evans is also one-twelfth of the illustrator collective Paper Jukebox.