Enjoying Daily Moments with Abbey Lossing

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Abbey Lossing is an illustrator based in Brooklyn, NY. After graduating with a degree in illustration from Syracuse University, she moved downstate and started her career as a freelancer. Over the past few years, she has had the pleasure of working with several clients including, Google, Facebook, Twitter & Target. When she’s not illustrating Abbey enjoys spending time in Prospect Park & trying out new restaurants.

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Tell us about the work featured in Papirmass (not pictured).

I drew the pattern that’s featured on the girl’s jacket first. I loved the colour palette & I wanted to create an illustration that showcased the pattern, with an added human element. Initially, the illustration was just of the female, but I thought she needed a friend, so I added the dog.

What is your creative process?

I work on a Cintiq tablet from sketch to final. I use layers in Photoshop to build up my drawing until everything is just as I want it.

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Where do you work?

I work in a small office in my Brooklyn apartment. Although it’s small, it’s very clean and minimal. I live on the top floor of my apartment building, so my studio is flooded with natural light, which I love!

What is your most important tool?

My Cintiq tablet! I can’t imagine working without one.

How has your practice changed over time?

I’m more organized now, and I keep an up to date schedule.

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What was hard about starting out?

Figuring out how to make connections and find new clients

What is your greatest accomplishment?

Just being a full-time illustrator – not having to have another job

How do you get into your creative zone?

I come up with my best ideas in the morning when my mind is fresh. If I’m feeling a creative block I’ll go on a walk and grab a coffee. I also keep my studio very clean and uncluttered. I have a hard time focusing if it’s not tidy.

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What’s a typical day look like?

I usually wake up around 7:30 – grab or make coffee & breakfast while listening to the New York Times Daily podcast. I start working around 8 am and the rest of my day really depends on the project I’m working on at the moment. I work mainly on freelance assignments with brands & editorial clients, but I try to save time on Friday for personal projects.

What are the themes in your work?

I love drawing people & I usually want them to appear happy or content. I want my work to be approachable and celebrate the simple moments in life. There is a lot of negativity on the internet, so I hope to create a source of positivity.

What has being an artist taught you?

I’ve learned that I’m generally an optimistic person. I’m not saying there aren’t tough days, especially if I have a creative block or am worried about meeting a deadline, but I feel content and so lucky to be able to do what I love every day. Hopefully, this comes through in my work.

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Where is your favourite place in the world?

I love Brooklyn, of course! There are always people bustling about and plenty of things to do.
But I also love mountains & rock climbing – so Bend, Oregon is a close second.

What is the best life advice you’ve heard?

Make short-term & long-term goals & write them down.

Do you have advice for aspiring artists?

Make lots of work & share it with others – even if you aren’t 100% happy with it.

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What does it take to make great work today?

Have unique life experiences – don’t hide out in your studio all day.

Is creativity learned or innate?

I think creativity is innate, but self-discipline is learned & both are equally important.

What in the world do you find most mysterious?

People who don’t like dogs or cats.

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Abbey Lossing is our December 2018 artist.
See more at www.abbeylossing.com