Today we’d like to introduce you to Liz Lynam.
Liz, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I’ve loved to draw for as long as I can remember. My grandmother and my uncle are both very talented artists and would often sit and draw with me when I was a kid. I felt supported in expressing my creativity through drawing early on in life.
In high school, I took a lot of art classes, and as a teenager, I became interested in the idea of becoming a fashion designer someday. I went on to get my degree in apparel design and worked in the fashion industry in New York City for about six years. Toward the end of that time I was getting pretty burned out on the industry and New York in general (it was a love/hate relationship). I decided to move back home to the Chicagoland area. The next few years were a jumble; moving around, trying to figure out what I really wanted to do. In a lot of ways, I’m still in the midst of that process.
Last year, I finally started getting back into sketching and illustration (I had basically stopped drawing things by hand after graduating college because everything was digital by the time I was in the workforce). I would do some sketching here and there in my free time, but being so out of practice I was no longer confident in my ability. I knew I needed a larger body of work and just a lot more practice in general if I wanted to eventually make a living by making art. I decided to do a self-imposed art challenge–making some kind of art every day for a year–and post my progress on Instagram and Facebook. I started on January 1, 2018, and am over two-thirds of the way through!
Happily, I started receiving a lot of requests from people who have been following along with me on social media to purchase some of the art I post daily. So now I am in the process of deciding where to have my art printed and made available for purchase. Between that and commission requests, I hope to grow a little business for myself.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
I don’t know too many creatives who have had a linear progression with their craft. I am no exception. While posting my artwork on social media has brought about many unexpected commission projects and a lot of support from the people who follow me, I’m not sure yet where exactly I want it to go from here. I thought I would have cultivated a specific style by now, but I’ve ended up with several different styles.
I often struggle with self-doubt, feeling like my art isn’t good enough, etc. Every artist struggles with this, right? I just try to keep in mind that I’m doing this for myself because it’s what I love to do, and it’s a major bonus that people seem to like what I share with them.
What else should we know about your work? What are you most proud of?
My work is usually a mix of drawing and painting on paper. I use mostly ink, watercolor, colored pencil and marker. I may use only one of these or all of them on one piece depending on what I’m feeling (or what I have time for that day!). The subject you’ll find most of in my work is women. This is partly leftover from my days of fashion illustration back in college; I still gravitate towards it.
I suppose what sets me apart from most other artists is that I have several different styles of illustration I enjoy doing, and I share them all. This may not always be an asset in terms of branding or marketing myself, but I’m not quite ready to limit myself to one specific subject matter or medium 100% of the time. As I continue to develop my skills, my work will likely evolve into something more focused. Or maybe not…I have a lot of random ideas for making art.
I think I’m most proud of myself for sticking with this year-long art challenge. It can be difficult to do anything that many days in a row!
What is “success” or “successful” for you?
That’s a tough one! In terms of my art career? Well, on one hand, being successful means being able to financially support myself with my craft. On the other hand, just creating it and putting it out into the world feels pretty good.
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- Instagram: @goldenchild_art
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