PB Interviews: Luceferous by Lucy Michelle

Meet Lucy from @Luceferous, who is a programmer by day and an illustrator by night. The result of her love for art and mathematics, as well as fashion, beauty, and like everyone else--coffee, are her beautifully rendered pieces that will probably end up as top post of the #OOTD and #FASHIONISTA hashtags. Lucy finds her inspirations for her art in various areas--Korean fashion, anime and gaming, and mathematics. Some of her pieces exude her interests in these subjects, while in some others you may need to make more of an effort to find them. Take a look below to check out Lucy's quirky illustrations of fashionable girls, plants, and coffee.

Who are you, and what do you do in your spare time? Hi I'm Lucy and I'm basically a fully fledged nerd but I'm pretty sure that's not the first impression you'd get of me. I love sci-fi, anime, gaming, computer graphics and I also love fashion, beauty, the blogosphere/YouTube community and spending way too much time scrolling online looking at shoes. By day I am a programmer in the visual effects industry because I love film and by night I am an illustrator who takes a heap of inspiration from my obsession with animated movies. When I'm not obsessing over these various forms of geek culture, I also go to the gym a lot and attempt the occasional yoga session. 

When did you first start drawing? As soon as I could hold a pencil and start scribbling. For some reason my earliest memory surrounding drawing was when I was four in Year 1 (first grade?) and I had a friend at the time who wanted me to teach her how to draw. We would sit down together and I would instruct her to ‘draw like this’--basically just walking her step by step through every line like the bossy four year old I was. Also, when I was 6 I had a colored drawing featured in The Powerpuff Girls magazine – I think that was my first big break as an artist. 

Has your creative curiosities changed since you first started drawing? If yes, how so? Most definitely! I think this is a natural adaptation as you grow and develop as a human being. When I first started posting my work online it was pretty exhilarating to get some recognition but then I went into a spiral of pressure to post frequently. I would try to make pieces that I perceived as 'perfect' and 'Instagrammable' but in reality they were just hollow because my heart wasn't really in them. After taking a break from the online universe, I came back with the intention of only creating for myself and using my art for its rightful purpose: self-expression. Since then I've felt so much more relief and freedom and I think that's shone through in my work. Now I'm just focusing more on observation and using my curious thoughts to fire my art concepts. Instead of caring so much about polished lines and perfect faces, I'm thinking about the mood of the color palette and how I can convey my thoughts. 

Can you name some non-artistic influences? Mathematics is actually one of the inspirations for what stimulates my art. Its probably not very evident and is more subconscious than actually visually represented within my illustration but it still exists. Many people don't realize that maths plays a key role in the beauty of the universe. It is omnipresent in nature and therefore an inherent piece of my work as I tend to draw a lot of leaves and vegetation. I could go on for ages using specific examples but I don't want to bore you. 

What's something people are surprised to find out about you? I guess somewhat related to the question above but when I speak to technical people, they're surprised to find out that I can draw and spend a lot of time illustrating. On the other end of the spectrum, when I talk to creative people they are surprised to find out that I am a programmer and actually spend most of my day using maths and logic. These two realms don't seem to mix usually which is unfortunate as in my eyes they are intrinsically linked.

If you can pick your favorite drawing out of all the ones you drew, which one would it be? Probably my coffee shop piece, it’s just so cozy and I love coffee – need I say more? It was also one of the first major works into this new style evolution I’m entering.

Name some of your favorite artists and/or musicians. Glen Keane, Alphonse Mucha, James Jean, Sachin Teng, Lois Van Baarle, Audra Auclair, Foo Fighters, Paramore, Halestorm...a bit of a mix! 

Lastly, what would you like your audience to experience when they see your art? Anything as long as they feel something. I think the most rewarding thing about being an artist is the ability to communicate with people without having to use a single word--and that is a powerful thing. Therefore when I create something, I want it to hold a little piece of myself and not be a case of drawing for the sake of having something to post on social media. My most popular works have always been the ones where they've touched people in some way and we can have a discussion--I love that.  

If you would like to see more of Lucy's art, be sure to check out the following:

Instagram: @luceferous