Day 22 – Never Forever
Never Forever is an artist from Brisbane, Australia who likes to keep her identity elusive. A professional graphic designer and amazing digital artist – learn more about Never Forever below.
Are you a self taught artist, or what studies did you do to get where you are today?
I’m a graphic designer by profession (studied a Bachelor of Design), but my illustration style is self taught. I did take oil pastel drawing lessons during lunch breaks in my much younger days (think 8 or 9 years), and sometimes still think about things I learnt even way back then!
What tools, programs and apps do you love or cannot live without?
I couldn’t live without my iPad pro and Apple pencil. And of course a regular old pencil to catch those ideas that come at the most random of times. I have scraps of paper with mad scribbles strewn all over the place. I currently do most of my drawing on the Procreate app and definitely recommend it to anyone looking to get into digital illustration. For vector drawing I use Adobe Draw. And of course, I couldn’t live without Photoshop and Illustrator on my mac.
Your art provides inspirations to so many others. What or who inspires you?
There’s so many artists with strong and distinctive styles who have inspired me to explore my own style. I’m hugely inspired by @sonialazo, who I think is a total bad ass as far as creativity goes, she isn’t afraid to experiment and is constantly trying new things (which are all amazing). I love @wastedrita, @shuturp and @lianafinck for the honest and vulnerable content (and awesome artwork, of course). As for my own content, I find inspiration in every day interactions and past experiences. I’d like to think there’s a bittersweet storytelling in my work which (hopefully) resonates with others.
Can you describe your process including how long a piece of art or photography takes you from concept to complete?
I’d love to say that I have a disciplined method of working on my drawings, but the truth is I usually have three or four drawings going at any time, that I work on late or night (or super early mornings!) from the comfort of my bed and when I can’t quite get to sleep. It’s hard to say how long they take. I start with an idea, work on a scribble, and develop it until I have clean line work – I usually source a few reference photos to help with this part. By this stage, I have a pretty good idea about colouring, so I set to work on that and finish off a drawing by seeing what details I can add.
What part of your process do you love the most?
I love the first spark of inspiration that comes from seeing a random photo or fabric or pattern, and that excitement that comes from turning a mental image into a rough concept drawing. I also love applying the small details to a drawing, like lights and shadows and subtle patterns, when I can see it all coming together, sometimes as I’d planned or sometimes with accidental surprises that turned out better than I’d imagined.
If you weren’t an artist, what do you think you would be doing for work?
I’ve often wondered this myself and the truth is I can’t imagine not doing something creative. I’m obsessed with things like bed linen and homewares and furniture, so perhaps interior decorating. I think working on retail fitouts would be awesome. Otherwise I’m also hugely intrigued by thoughts and emotions and mental health in general, so maybe something in that realm.
Who is the most fascinating or inspiring person you have met or worked with?
Oddly enough, I think I’ve felt the most inspired by tattoo artists I’ve met and been tattooed by, most recently by Tilly Dee and Jack Peppiette. They have such amazing signature styles and a cool confidence in their work that I can’t help but be in awe of, and I always come away from their tattoo tables feeling blissfully inspired to develop my own style (and also totally stinging with that burning-fresh-tatt feeling!).
Name an underrated artist
There’s so many that come to mind. I admire the sh*t out @matthewzaremba for his always thought provoking work, @outonbail for his clean lines and honest and witty words, and @pamelapintoart for always creating interesting and beautiful collage work.
What artwork of yours are you most proud of?
Maybe my ‘Wish You Were Here’ drawing. It’s quite a simple drawing, but I loved working on the creases of the fabric, the lights and shadows and the patterns. I think it holds a sentiment everyone has had at some point on those lonelier nights. Also every time I see it, I feel like crawling back into my comfy (and messy) bed.
What’s next in the professional pipe works for you?
I’m still a newbie to the illustration world and I feel like I have so much to learn! I’m excited to try my hand at designing tees and maybe some good old fashioned stickers and patches – basically to get a small range of products up and going. I’d love to work on collaborations with other artists and brands. I feel excited by the opportunities I’ve been given so far and looking forward to seeing what’s next!
Bonus Fun Question:
If you could tame any animal and have it as a pet, which one would it be and why?
Leopards! They’re so beautiful and majestic to look at. I’m also something of a proud cat lady (shoutout to my crazy cat, Sunny Hurricane), so I’m imagining super-sized cat cuddles and mischief and thinking that would be kinda fun!
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