I’m so excited to share my interview with the oh so talented Sally from The Lust List, an incredible artist who’s instagram feed I could literally stare at for hours on end! Her stunning illustrations are every girls dream come true, from Celine totes to Manolo heels, to the latest beauty products and jewels – and of course this Sydney babe mixes it up with a fabulous selection of ‘lust have’ items from local Aussie designers.
AF: I read somewhere that you were always a ‘drawer’ since you were young, but I assume you weren’t scribbling pictures of Gucci bags and Manolo shoes when you were a child! What did you grow up drawing and what inspired you back then?
LL: I have gone through many drawing phases over the years. Growing up I used to love to draw mermaids, butterflies and horses for my friends, which then turned into cutesy-style cartoon characters in high school. Anything that captured my imagination I wanted to draw. I have always been influenced by pop culture and the trends of the time.
AF: All artists must have days where the creativity just isn’t flowing – I know I do as a writer! Since becoming a full time freelance artist how do you push through those days when you’re feeling a little unmotivated? What keeps you inspired?
LL: When I’m feeling completely unmotivated I try and take some time out and find my balance again. It can be as simple as going for a run or a swim at the beach, watching the sun rise, a look around the shops or a coffee with friends. I’m usually back on track after that.
AF: Your works are so intricate and delicate – something I would never have the patience to sit and do (not to mention the talent)! How long does an average piece take?
LL: Funny you say this. My style developed out of sheer lack of patience. I am quite an impatient person when it comes to my illustrations. When I began, each illustration took 5 minutes. If it didn’t work the first time I’d get rid of it and start something new. Over time I have learnt more patience as the projects became more intricate and I began feeling more confident in what I was doing. Now pieces can range from five minutes to three hours. It all depends on the scale and intricacy of the artwork.
AF: Be honest, how often do you screw up the piece of paper and start all over again?
LL: I tend to screw up quite a bit when I’m tired. This is when my five minute artworks take hours… Because of the way I work I can tend to get around it without re-starting the entire thing. I can just scan in the edited sections and collage it together in Photoshop. Thank goodness for Photoshop!
AF: You have worked with some incredible brands on some amazing projects recently; what would you say has been your biggest ‘wow’ moment so far in terms of campaigns you have been asked to work on?
LL: This question is tough! Every commercial project I have had has been a wow moment! I am in such a rare and lucky position to experience a WOW moment so often. It’s such a compliment and honour to work with such established and successful brands.
AF: What’s coming up next for Lust List?
LL: At the moment I am preparing for the Easter long weekend, so trying to get some Easter Lust List combos organised. But I have some exciting collaborations in the pipeline with magazines, Queen B Tea and a couple of enviable beauty brands. Stay tuned!
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