Illustration / Interview

Illustrator Abbey Lossing Makes It Personal with Her Stylish Portraits

Abbey Lossing digital illustration

If you’ve fol­lowed my Insta­gram for a while, you’ve prob­a­bly seen the work of Abbey Loss­ing. I became enam­ored with her por­traits that com­bine styl­ish ensem­bles, a lim­it­ed col­or palette, and nature-inspired motifs. By day, she’s a staff illus­tra­tor and ani­ma­tor at Vice News, but she also main­tains an active port­fo­lio of per­son­al work.


“I usu­al­ly brain­storm in the morn­ing over a cup of cof­fee,” she tells me in an email. “I wish I could say I had a method­i­cal inspi­ra­tion process that worked for every assign­ment, but hon­est­ly that’s not real­ly the case.” Some­times, the ideas come easy and she quick­ly cre­ates rough sketch­es she’s hap­py with. “Oth­er times the brain­storm­ing process is a bit more labo­ri­ous and con­fus­ing. In those cas­es, the only thing I real­ly have going for me is tri­al and error. I’ll just keep com­ing up with ideas until I have a few I think are worth push­ing further.”

And if all else fails, tidy up. “If I’m feel­ing real­ly unin­spired I think the best thing is to take a break and go for a walk or straight­en up my apart­ment. Some­times I just need to step away and and come back with a fresh mindset. ”

Abbey’s work demon­strates the impor­tance of being true to your­self. “The habit that has helped me the most thus far in my career has been to ded­i­cate time for per­son­al work,” she explains. “I love work­ing on assign­ments with clients, but I think carv­ing out some time once a week to make some­thing just for fun is real­ly impor­tant, and it has had a huge influ­ence on my work.” So go ahead, doo­dle in your sketch­book a lit­tle longer. And, be sure to fol­low Abbey on Insta­gram!

By day, Abbey Lossing is a staff illustrator and animator for Vice News. After work hours, she creates digital illustration that’s a combination of stylish ensembles and nature motifs.

Abbey Lossing digital illustration

Abbey Lossing Illustration

Abbey Lossing Illustration

Abbey Lossing Illustration

Abbey Lossing Illustration

Abbey Lossing Illustration

Abbey Lossing Illustration

Abbey Lossing Illustration

Abbey Lossing Illustration

Abbey Lossing Illustration