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.