Tell us a little about yourself using a Haiku.
Happy go lucky
Watercolours and pencils
Always on the move
Tell us a little about the origins of Vctoria Vctoria.
Vctoria Vctoria started as a blog for sharing art, fashion and writing.The blog was a way of forcing myself to be more creative after years of neglecting my sketch book! The name comes from my love of my home state and obsession with the Canadian town of Victoria.
I began taking art classes and explored as many styles and techniques as I could. I was very out of touch to begin with so it took a lot of practice.
After a couple of years of posting work on my blog and instagram I felt like I had developed a drawing style I was proud of and started getting requests for commissions and prints. From there I began the Vctoria Vctoria Etsy store where I sell my illustrations as prints.
Describe your creative process.
I am constantly creating Pinterest boards recording the things that inspire me, this can be anything from the way someone positions their body to a cup of coffee!
From there I start with rough sketches and let ideas come to me as I work. I trace the version of the sketch I am most happy with, make any changes needed and sort out the proportions. I then create a clean version of the piece on watercolour paper, complete my pencil work then add colour using watercolour paints. I do not do much initial planning, once I get an idea in my head I become obsessed until I get it on paper and it constantly changes as I draw.
I always have a nice cup of tea and an interesting podcast to keep my mind at ease while I draw too!
What inspires you the most?
Ever since I took life drawing classes the female form has been a constant source of inspiration. I find women and natural beauty to be so wonderfully simple! Other than that I’m influenced by places I visit, music I listen to and other artists.
Name some of your most favourite local artists and designers.
It is so hard to choose, but Melbourne locals Kelly Thompson, Loretta Lizzio and Alexis Winter are currently my favourites! I recently discovered tattoo artist Kane Trubenbacher and I have fallen in love with his linework and use of shading.
What are your ultimate dreams for Vctoria Vctoria?
I’d love to one day collaborate with other artists and brands and maybe even see some Vctoria Vctoria pieces in print! Overall though, as long as I can keep making my illustrations I will be happy gal.
What will will we find from Vctoria Vctoria at our October Bend and Snap Market?
Expect to find a number of delicate illustrations printed on textured paper featuring scantily dressed women, portraits and delicious items like coffee and pineapples! I will also be releasing some new prints at Bend and Snap that are not yet available through my Etsy store.
Browse amongst the stalls and flex your creative muscles by crafting a succulent concrete creation with the COLOUR BOX STUDIO presented HANGING CONCRETE POT & SUCCULENT WORKSHOP under the guidance of floristry extraordinaire MS. MURPHY FLOWERS (book your spot here) and then get all kinds of gluey with EELAV MCBEE for even more DIY crafternooning fun.
Savour every single item on the delish 1000 £ Bend menu (including ALL DAY breakfast) with us and let your inspiration burst with all the wonderful wares on display from all of our darling stall holders: COLOUR BOX STUDIO, GYPSY’S SEWING BOX, EELAV MCBEE, INANNA GLOBAL THREADS, JULIAN DE LIO, KITTY & CADAVER, MAYBELLINI, ME U, MITCH ELSON, MS. MURPHY FLOWERS, PLATED IMAGE, OLIVIA YORK, RALEIGH MADE, SLATER PACE, TOM CARTOONIST, THAT DAPPER CHAP, TWIN, UNFAZED & CONFUZED, VANESSA MARIAN, VCTORIA VCTORIA and YEN YEN LO.