Quick Chats! w/Lisa King. Ep. 04.

For episode four, we’ve had the privilege of chatting to one of the most talented ladies around, Lisa King!

Lisa is a self taught artist based in Adelaide, South Australia. Her work crosses over various mediums — oil, acrylic, charcoal and digital. Her passion is portraiture and characters. Her work ranges from illustration to portraiture to mural work, with a gravitation towards fashion, romance, indie culture, pop influence and escapism. Her work has been labeled ‘colorfully angelic yet seemingly dark.’

Lisa’s career as a painter started in 2012 when she decided to swap full time medium as a Graphic designer to more Raw aesthetics. Since then she has been in multiple group shows and a few solo exhibitions. Fast forward to 2015 and she is starting to focus on larger scale creation with a primary pull towards mural work and figurative and fashion portraiture. She is currently in studio full time investigating and experimenting heavily on her admiration for crossing over mediums and the executions that exist within their paths.

Keep reading below for the full, seriously rad interview!

Hey Lisa!
Congrats on finishing your wall for the Jive Bar in Adelaide, it looks amazing!

Q. Can you tell us a bit about your process and how you got to final result?
A. Quite frankly a whole bunch of stuffing around…. unfortunately (I am an honest bee). Over four weekends I worked the space; we had the worst weather and amongst failed site inspections and machinery breaking down it took its toll initially getting off the ground. The background alone needed 3–4 coats of paint, and my scissor only had about 5cm breathing space either side of the strip, which was chaos. Once all the labour of pattern work was done however I was able to just concentrate down and do my thing with the character. The end result I have recently learnt is all about absolutely perfecting your drawing and understudy… unfortunately for me on this one, I had some tail chasing work to do some way in… I won’t be making that mistake again. I am very new to navigating walls this scale so along with it I am still figuring out how to use my tools and finding out ways that my materials work best for me. As it stands I mix a whole lot of acrylic paint, with a bunch of brushes and rollers, aerosol and a few other bits and pieces. Anything that I can find that may emulate the texture I desire I will use. I like being super resourceful with tools

Q. It’s our understanding that you were a graphic designer before becoming a painter/artist; how long did you do that before making the switch?
A. I was freelance graphic designing for a few years, mostly low brow and underground cultural stuff. I made a conscious switch to become more of an artist in oct 2011 or there abouts.

Q. What made you switch from being a graphic designer to a multi-disciplinary artist?
A. I love working on a computer as you may gather from my digital work / pre production but at the time graphic design was not drawing me in enough to really see a future in extending myself on a computer and it became apparent quite quickly that I was more intrigued by traditional forms and experimenting them in cross media; the notion of finding the translations and solutions that lie within their paths excites me.

Q. Who are three artists you are currently stoked on or inspired by and why?
A. James Jean (because he is master to me), Etam cru (mainly because their traditional approaches to street art but also because they inspired me 4 years ago and still do today) and Hsiao Ron Cheng because her work is delightfully wondrous and every detail sings to me perfection.

Q. Do you find that working in an analogue format has helped you to create more authentic digital illustrations?
A. Absolutely, without a doubt. It’s one of the things I am striving towards to express more throughout my illustrations.

Q. Who are all these amazingly beautiful women that you are creating?
A. Im not quite sure. I can spend up to 5 hours sometimes finding a face that stands out to me (and I have no idea why), from there I lay down the bones and anatomical structure and then they kind of become their own character while I am in the moment so to speak. I love quirk, flat graphics, juxtaposition, androgyny and disposition in an image ……. But they are all fashion / beauty derived thats for sure.

Q. As a resident artist for Urban Walkabout, can you tell us a bit them and the work you do?
A. As far as I am aware they are a bunch of ladies, a guy and a dog that run a cool urban guide for all states Australia, derived from London. In terms of the work, Imagine getting given a contract for 12 months where you can draw all the portraits galore. Deadlines are tight, but It sure has been fun.

Q.If you weren’t living in Adelaide, where would you be based?
A. Maybe the Blue Mountains, or somewhere in Europe (coastline). I would love to see what the moon is all about though too.

Q. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given and the best piece you can give.
A. Sorry to be such a cliche but I guess my whole life my father always said absolutely nothing was unachievable, as long as you believed in yourself and had a dream. As a kid I thought about this a lot. The best piece of advice I can give is practise and learn in your desired area everyday. Gain and maintain your momentum and flow. Take the time to play without the rules, experiment and investigate outside the box of lessons you have learnt. Repeat.

Q. And finally, this may be a toughie but Analogue or Digital?
A. Your killing me!……….. Analogue

To stay up to date with Lisa’s work, head to her website and follow her Instagram.

Stay tuned for the next episode of Quick Chats or read Ep. 03. featuring Kyle Hughes-Odgers.