XXY ILLUSTRATOR TAKEOVER: Luschia Porter
XXY ILLUSTRATOR TAKEOVER: Luschia Porter
Australian illustrator and all round creative Luschia Porter can’t yet call herself a graduate, but she has already seen her illustrations be applied to almost any 3D object you can think of. A young woman with many talents, Luschia not only renders graphic, pattern-based illustrations, but produces architectural polyhedral objects among other commissions. As an avid Instagrammer, Luschia has accumulated a large following. It’s not surprising because her stream is filled with colourful images from her antipodean life by the beach, and the tessellating stream of doodles she creates on any flat surface.
In between being a student of object design, Luschia has managed to find time to produce an impressive variety of commissions from a mural in a Sydney restaurant, to custom font for a musician. Despite all this, she managed to find time to answer some questions for XXY, and produce some amazing work to takeover our page! Her signature, hyper intricate doodles make for great prints and induce doodle cravings in even the less artistically inclined.
Tell me about your first memory of drawing:
My first memories of wanting to draw and drawing are easily linked to the detailed work of Graeme Base’s books as a kid (5-6 years old). The Sign of the Seahorse’s underwater scenes were magical and I couldn’t stop drawing seascape images of coral, tropical fish, seaweed and bubbles. I can even remember sitting for hours amongst my Dad’s fishing books deciding what were my favourite species and drawing them all into the one underwater scene. I was also into portraiture when I was pretty young. When I was about 7 years old I spent Saturdays drawing people’s portraits at the local Vincentia shops!
What inspired you to become an illustrator? Who are your illustration Heroes?
Well, illustration isn’t my full time job yet, I have worked on commissioned pieces and I have been selling my prints, but I certainly do look up to the people who have been able to make it their full time work. I have a billion favourite artists, but in terms of local painters and illustrators I’ve found great inspiration in the tessellating work of Hollie Martin, the photoshopping rendering skills of Kelly Thompson and the street art and typography of Jumbo, Numskull and Roach. I like how they all blend the boarders of design and art nicely. I guess I also like the social media side of their work too, you can really follow their journey and they all seem like approachable personalities and who work on many different levels of craft. I really like the idea of well-balanced practice and integrating elements of object design into illustration. I also like the idea of the people being good and down to earth, that’s inspiring!
Do you have a favourite commission so far?
Seeing my illustration work printed onto home wares for ‘The Club of Odd Volumes – Odd Collective’ was very exciting. I’m very into spatial and object design and styling. I’m studying Object and Graphic design at the College of Fine Arts, Sydney, so to see my illustrations printed onto textural objects like pillow cases and tea towels blew my mind!
What’s your ultimate career aspiration?
Ultimately, I would love to work to design a group community project where design and illustration can truly help people out and alter spaces in the best way possible. I’m working on this idea at the moment.
How do you think Instagram (and other social media) has affected your career and work itself? Is it a help or hindrance?
Instagram has been good for my career; I seem to be able to find out what people are more or less into when I post up my work. I also get contacted quite a lot via it, over other social sites. I also love being able to connect with people in similar fields to me, like a furniture designer idol of mine (Eric Trine) gave me some tips on how to finish my chair design on The Gram! EPIC!
Where and when are you most productive and creative?
As of late I’ve been starting to think that over Summer I’m more productive with illustrating. Having time off Uni and lazing at the beach I find myself drawing constantly.
What are your preferred mediums to work with?
Definitely plain old paper and a black, inky pen. I’ve been getting into using Photoshop to render in my pen outlines, and that’s pretty handy for client based work because you can change the colours if they hate them!
Go on over to vote for Luschia’s work on @loficollective ‘s instagram
To buy some Luschia for your life: www.theclubofoddvolumes.com
Discover Luschia’s multitude of projects at her Behance Page: www.behance.net
Wearable Lushcia art can be found here: www.cloakanddaggermag.com