Lucy Whyman

Meet Lucy Whyman, or, as her father calls her, ‘Lucy Baggins’. ‘I’m only 5’1,’ Lucy explains. ‘So dad’s nicknamed me after Frodo Baggins from Lord of the Rings. How embarrassing.’ Hmm…

Lucy has perfected the art of turning light-switches on with her chin (‘very useful when my hands are full of stuff!’) and whenever she chews gum, she sneezes. A lot. She likes horse-riding, baking, photography and is a self-confessed ‘film geek’.

Tell us a bit about yourself…

I am a 21-year-old ‘Graphic Communicator’ in my third year at BCU. I prefer to think of myself as a ‘creative’. This title doesn’t limit me to just one area of practice. I paint, I illustrate, I advertise, Silk screen print, and photograph. When I have no inspiration, I bake! LOTS. It helps me relax and get my ideas flowing again. Sometimes I could be half way through making a cake and think of an idea then I scrabble round trying to find a pen and paper, cake batter and all! I like to travel, and Iโ€™m a bit obsessed with America at the moment, and their cultures.

What are your inspirations?

My inspiration comes from every day life, such as funny things that happen to people, or interesting situations, I find ‘life truths’ to be the most real and find people can relate to them best. I really like the work of the Birmingham-based Design agency Substrakt and the work of Tip-Toe illustration collective. They illustrate in different corporate and commercial spaces, they fill whole rooms full of intricate designs and drawings. Art work on this scale is really exciting and does inspire me to think that big!

What is your favourite piece you have produced?

My favourite piece of work I have created so far, which I think shows my own style of design, is Penguins. I created 4 pieces of work based on ‘everyday sayings’ and I think this one is the most successful. It is digitally created at the moment but I will silk screen print it soon.

See more of Lucy’s work on her blog and Tweet her: @LucyWhyman.

All images ยฉ Lucy Whyman. To view the images in clearer detail, click on them.

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