Artist Interview – Lisa Errico

Lisa Errico is a graphic designer based in Leeds, England. After completing her studies in Photography, Lisa gradually shifted her focus towards Graphic Design and found her passion in typography. Inspired by her love of books and all things magical and unusual, she began to create ethereal pieces by combining floral elements with typography. Her work unites a vintage aesthetic with the modern world by re-appropriating vintage illustrations in her poster designs.


What made you become an artist?

I’ve always been a very creative person, at school I would pray for it to rain at lunch time so I could sit inside and draw instead of playing outside. I am very lucky to have an artistic and expressive family and when I was 11 years old, my mum gifted me photoshop - I was hooked. It only made sense for me to pursue a career that would allow me to be creative all the time.

When I was very young, I used to read plant and bird encyclopedias before bed.

How would you describe your art style in one sentence?

My art style is like night and day, I have two very different styles - one is minimal and fresh, the other which you guys have seen has lots of layers and elements to it with a darker side.

Where do you find inspiration?
When I was very young, I used to read plant and bird encyclopedias before bed. I liked to learn the names of all the different trees and flowers and try to spot them in the wild so that’s why I love to use vintage illustrations in my type work. I am also a huge fan of fantasy book covers and film posters, I know they say you should never judge a book by it’s cover but I am a sucker for beautiful covers!

 

What are your favorite tools?
Although I don’t use it very often, I really like using a scanner! I collect wildflowers and place them on the scanner bed and it makes a beautiful frosted glass effect. My favourite tool day to day has got to be Photoshop, I love how I can start with a blank page and end up with a visual piece all from my imagination.

 

Who is your favorite artist and why?
I’ve always had a soft spot for Salvador Dali, when I did photography at college I did a whole project on time so I studied his piece ‘The Persistence of Memory’. I was fascinated by surrealism and dream-like scenes so his work really resonated with me.

Although it might not seem like it at the start, you can do great things just by practise and perseverance.

What’s your favorite artwork?
It’s hard to pinpoint an absolute favourite as I have so many artworks I admire, it’s like trying to pick a favourite song! A couple of pieces I love off the top of my head - The Sandman by Salvador Dali, Cityscapes by Hsin-Yao-Tseng and Swissted by Mike Joyce…. Quite the mix!

Favorite art gallery/museum?
I adore the Natural History Museum in London and I usually have to be dragged away from the gift shop at the end.

 

What superpower would you love to have and why?
I would love to have the ability to mind read as I really struggle to gauge what people are actually thinking by their expressions. Who knows, maybe the FBI could use my help as a mind reader!

 

Which song is currently on top of your playlist?
Ashes to Ashes by Warpaint, my favourite Bowie cover!

 

What advice would you give to young artists starting out?
Don’t let anybody tell you that you’re not good enough! Although it might not seem like it at the start, you can do great things just by practise and perseverance. Reach out to artists that inspire you and don’t be afraid to ask for feedback.


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