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August 9, 2012

Bec Winnel

As a creative, you sometimes get lost or your mind gets a little stale, so you look for a little kick in the inspiration department. I found my kick a few months ago after attending the intense two-day conference at Semi-Permanent in Sydney. It reels in the industries’ best, from all parts of the world. Semi-Permanent for me, is like being a kid in a candy store – it seriously gave me a buzz. I got to see many of my faves and some newbies that got my mind and pencil racing. But, the one speaker that inspired me the most was the extremely talented and self-taught illustrator Bec Winnel. She was very nervous and softly spoken but that didn’t deter me from becoming love-struck. I’ve seen her work online, and in the Curvy editions, so it was good to see the face behind her amazing pencil drawings. She showed us a little demo on the process of how she illustrates (below), and expressed her creative journey. I decided to get in contact with Bec after the conference, to get to know her a little more and to share her story with you all.

“My first exhibitions were in Nan’s kitchen on her fridge” – Did you always see yourself being an artist? What steps did you take to get to where you are now?

I can remember dreaming about being an artist when I was little, alongside a few other careers like a Ballerina or Fireman (laughs), but I’ve always loved being creative and always wanted to end up working in a creative field.

I see your main inspiration derives from creating affection for feminine beauty, nature and nostalgia. What other sources do you gather for your inspiration?

 I guess all my inspiration comes from essentially, beauty, but in many forms. It could be the beauty of a flower, the beauty of a song or the beauty of a facial expression. One image I recently created was inspired by a beautiful French provincial kitchen cupboard I had seen online. I love French provincial furniture – the curves, the detail, the craftsmanship, and the love that went into these pieces – certainly artworks within themselves. I guess to me, beauty also means pure and unconditional love in all forms.I really admire that you explore different mediums to create your illustration. What are your favourites to work with?

Certainly pencils are my favourite,  they’re so instant and clean! You need a pink, so you pick up pink and start drawing with it, while with paint, you need to take time to mix the correct colours and I can be a little impatient at times! But then, I do love the fluidity of paint and the life of it’s own it takes on. I enjoy experimenting with mediums, even if at times the pieces don’t work out, I learn something I can take to my next artwork.

There is so much detail in your works. How long does it take to complete just one piece?
It’s hard to say as I usually work in about 3 hour sessions, sometimes a couple a day, so to guess, it would be around 20 hours on average.  I think the most I have spent on a piece would be around 60 hours.
“Image making is my therapy and life fuel!” – Being a full time artist, are there times when you’ve reached your creative boundaries? If so, what other outlets do you explore to refresh your creative mind?

Yep, there sure has! There have been times where it all seems to hard and I  wanted to quit! As time goes by, I learn more about my artistic practice. I’m finding going for a walk, leaving the studio, getting some fresh air and room for my mind to breathe works wonders. It’s amazing how I try so hard to find inspiration at my desk at times but then, whilst out walking, an idea will pop into my head. I’m also a visual person, so sometimes I’ll find inspiration from books or image collections online like Pinterest.

What’s on the cards for the rest of 2012?

I’m currently working towards a solo show, Muliebrity, at Just Another Agency Project Space. It opens on Friday the 14th September, 6 – 9 pm at 153 Greville Street, Prahran. A solo show is on the cards for 2013 in the States, so I think I’ll be starting work on that one too. There will also be commercial illustration work in there too and any other exciting opportunities that pop up. But yeah, just to keep creating art and going along on the journey!

I hope this too inspires you all, even if it’s just you picking up a pencil to colour in your My Little Pony book.

To see more dreamy, nostalgic works by Bec Winnel, visit her home here.