1. What’s your story? Where are you from?
Hi, my name is Lucy and I was born in Indonesia which makes me half British and half Indonesian. I currently reside in London but due to having a wonderfully diverse family, I’ve lived in Copenhagen and spent a lot of time in France, Germany & Austria. Visual art has been intertwined in my life since birth but I don’t know where it stems from as my family are more technical than creative. However, they definitely charged my mathematical side as, despite doing a lot of illustration, I am also a programmer and have recently gotten my degree in computer science.
2. Tell us about your aesthetic.
My work uses a lot of vivid colours, has simple shading and is heavy on the line work. I try to focus more on the idea I want to communicate rather than putting too much time into detailed rendering – it’s probably down to my impatience more than anything. I like to discover the quirks of work I am drawn to and try to mingle them into my work through my own creative lens. The subjects of my work incorporates everything from fashion, film and sci-fi to just a reflection of my mood that day.
3. What is your favourite medium and why?
My work is all digital and it is a medium I feel very much at home with because of my love for combining visual art and technology.
4. What is your artistic process like?
Sometimes I’ll have an idea I want to pursue or I’ll see an object, a scene or photo and immediately want to conceptualise an art piece based off of it. Whatever the root is, I always find myself creating a digital mood board (usually on Pinterest) with reference photos, colour palettes and other images I want to use as inspiration. Then I’ll just build up from there, focusing more on the concept and how colour conveys mood, rather than how polished the lines are.
5. Who and/or what inspires your work?
I think I have to attribute my artistic side to growing up watching a lot of films and cartoons. I absolutely adore animated movies; Disney, Studio Ghibli, Laika…its indescribable the amount of happiness they bring me and they have been the fuel for guiding my dreams. I’m just constantly in awe at the widen ranging talents needed to bring a film together.
6. What role does art play in your life? How does it change the way you view the world?
Art makes you a lot more mindful of the intricacies of the world around you. It makes you stop and think about the construction of the objects that you usually wouldn’t give a second glance. It’s a great place to be able to channel your mood into something visual and I try to use it as a positive creative outlet to vent my frustration or sadness.
7. Where did you study?
I have a degree in computer science from a university here in the UK – I have no artistic training whatsoever!
8. Where do you see yourself in five years?
One important thing I’ve learnt is that life never goes the way you’ve planned it and believe me, I’ve spent a long time trying to lay out my future. Nowadays, I take a different approach and just take every day as it comes. All that I wish of myself in 5 years is that I’m content in whatever place I find myself in.
9. What about in ten?
Same can be said as above. But I hope it involves a lot of pet dogs!
10. What do you hope to achieve with your art?
The beautiful thing about posting work online is that you connect with people from all over the globe. So to me that’s what it’s all about; being able to produce work that comes from the heart which has the power to make people feel and provides a sincere link for communication.
11. Now, tell us a little more about you as a person: what is your favourite food?
Absolutely anything Asian: noodles, sushi, you name it…just as long as its veggie!
12. Favourite book?
Admittedly, I’ve only recently got back into reading but I’ve literally just finished Ready Player One by Ernest Cline and it is incredible so I would definitely put it up there in my list of favourites.
13. Favourite genre of music?
It really depends on my mood but I always default back to hard rock, pop punk or an epic movie soundtrack.
14. What are your hobbies?
Actually…illustration! I love my full time job, which is in the visual effects industry and I work as a programmer in the software department. Illustration then occupies the rest of my free time. I also like to go to the gym in the morning before work or unwind with a home yoga session.
15. If you weren’t an artist, what would you be?
Probably something very technical! I actually did consider pursuing a career in computer forensics – I think I was watching too many crime shows at the time.