This week we had the pleasure of interviewing Becky Paige aka @bp.draws as our artist spotlight of the week.
Hello! Please can you give us a brief little introduction?
Hello, I’m Becky. I was born in Puerto Rico but I grew up in sunny Orlando, Florida. I have always loved art & drawing, however, I got my degree in education and was a classroom teacher for over 20 years before I could do more with my doodles and sketches. I feel so fortunate to have had the opportunity to go back to school to study graphic design. It was my first time being a part of the art world, working on art projects/ being among other artists. This January I decided to turn my focus to illustration and worked to find my style and create portfolio pieces.
What inspires you?
I love bright colors, patterns, and textures. I love to see printed art so book covers, children’s books, greeting cards, stationery, stickers, they are all so incredibly inspiring to me. Sometimes too inspiring because I get so many ideas and get overwhelmed.
What is your favourite thing to draw?
My favorite thing to draw is children- I like drawing their little outfits and hair/accessories. I like to do classroom/classroom scenes probably since I have a teacher brain. I like my drawings to be happy, playful, and colorful. Art challenges are great because they push me to draw new things.
What art goals do you have for this year?
I recently signed on with an illustration agency, so I’m super excited for what's to come! My goal is to illustrate for children’s books, magazines, and educational products.
What techniques/supplies do you use?
I mostly use Procreate and sometimes Photoshop/Illustrator. It is wonderful to have an undo button!
What advice would you give to another doodler/artist?
I would recommend to set goals for yourself. I made a bunch of sticky notes with weekly/monthly goals and I stuck them on the wall next to my computer. I’ve also added some positive things that I have accomplished to keep myself encouraged. I check things off as I do them, so that's rewarding too!
Another piece of advice would be to keep learning. There are so many artists that are so generous in sharing their process and are amazing at teaching new techniques and skills. I’m currently enrolled in MATS Bootcamp with Lilla Rogers, and I love Skillshare classes and have recently tried a few Domestika courses. It’s amazing how many resources are out there!
Where can people go to learn more about you or see more of your work?